Resources provide examples of State and local transition to adulthood and Independent Living programs, including information on youth outcomes and policy and practice recommendations for improving services.
The Academy: A Program for Older Youth Transitioning Out of Foster Care (PDF - 560 KB)
Yaroni, Wetts, & Ross (2010)
Discusses the results of the Vera Institute of Justice's process evaluation of the Academy, a program aimed at improving the outcomes of older youth transitioning out of the New York City foster care system.
Aged-Out and Homeless in Philadelphia (PDF - 656 KB)
Meyers, White, Whalen, & DiLorenzo (2007)
Examines types of services received by youth aging out of the child welfare system in Philadelphia, PA, identifies gaps in services and planning for youth, and provides specific recommendations for improving services to youth leaving care and to homeless young adults.
California Independent Living Program Transformation Breakthrough Series Collaborative Appendices (PDF - 142 KB)
California Child Welfare Co-Investment Partnership (2009)
Describes the framework for the Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) approach, including sections that address youth-centered and youth-adult partnerships, practice priorities, partnership and integrated practice, and spread and sustainability. The appendices also include a glossary, an explanation of the BSC methodology, individual and team responsibilities in BSC, and answers to frequently asked questions about BSC.
Court Checklist for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care (PDF - 26 KB)
Texas Foster Youth Justice Project & Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (2008)
Provides a checklist to be completed by caseworkers before a youth ages out of foster care. The checklist addresses general information about documentation, education information, medical information, and employment/job training information.
Florida Independent Living Services Advisory Council
Independent Living Services Advisory Council & Florida Department of Children and Families
Provides annual reports from the Independent Living Services Advisory Council that review and make recommendations concerning the implementation and operation of Independent Living transition services. This website also includes the annual responses from the Florida Department of Children and Families.
Foster Youth in Transition
Michigan Department of Human Services
Offers information on a variety of issues important to current and youth formerly in foster care in Michigan, including links on developing supports, finding services, getting questions answered, and more. The website is updated by youth board members across the State.
From Surviving to Thriving: How Communities Can Help Vermont's Rural Homeless Youth and the Programs That Serve Them (PDF - 1,454 KB)
New England Network for Child, Youth, and Family Services (2008)
Assesses the strengths, weaknesses, and sustainability of eight rural transitional living programs in Vermont. The report emphasizes unmet service needs for transition-aged youth and areas where the development of additional programming may be needed.
Helping Youth Transition From Out-of-Home Care to Adulthood: Best Practices Guide (PDF - 936 KB)
Minnesota Department of Human Services, Child Safety and Permanency Division (2012)
Provides guidance to social workers and others about developing a complete and meaningful Independent Living Plan.
Minnesota Best Practices: Reaching Youth Aging Out of Foster Care (PDF - 25 KB)
State of Minnesota (2009)
Describes efforts by the WorkForce Center/SW MN Private Industry Council in Lyon, Lincoln, and Murray Counties, to coordinate activities between employment and training staff and human services staff to improve services to youth aging out of foster care. This report includes information about outreach strategies, services, the impact of services on youth aging out of foster care, and benefits to the community.
Preparing Our Kids for Education, Work and Life (PDF -1,198 KB)
Massachusetts Task Force on Youth Aging Out of Department of Social Services Care (2008)
Outlines a series of core resources for the healthy development of all youth, especially those who have transitioned from foster care. The report also provides a blueprint for action to improve policies, programs, and resource allocations for youth programs in Massachusetts.
Resources to Support Transitioning Needs for Older Youth
Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Provides links to publications to support the transitioning needs of older youth in foster care, including information on housing assistance, vocational training, life skills, health care, and more.
When Adulthood Must Come Early: The Plight of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care and New Jersey's Efforts to Help Them (PDF - 228 KB)
Davis, Zalkind, & Coogan (2008)
Describes services offered to youth in foster care in New Jersey that are funded by Federal programs, discusses the challenges faced by the State in providing those services, and makes recommendations for improving services.