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Transition from Foster Care

For teenagers who have been living in foster care, the transition to life outside of care presents many new and often daunting experiences. These young adults may face challenges as they search for affordable housing, pursue higher education or training, look for jobs, manage on tight budgets, take care of their health needs, and much more. 

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About Family Court - Need to Know Series

Youth living in foster care have their cases heard in Family Court, a court which deals with issues of families, children, and youth. You, like many others, may have questions about Family Court, what to expect there, how to present yourself effectively and what the terms used there mean. This pamphlet was designed to help you understand Family Court. After you’ve read this pamphlet, you can talk to your caseworker or attorney regarding any questions you may have.

 

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Casey Life Sills (CLS) Assessment Tool

The Casey Life Skills (CLS) tool is a tool for youth to build their own personal checklist of skills and strengths. It shows them what they know already and what is possible for them to learn in the future. A case worker or mentor needs to help them create a free account.

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Extending Foster Care Beyond 18 - Housing Options for Young Adults

This  issue  brief  details  the  array  of  housing  options  that  states  can  consider  as  they  plan  to  extend  foster  care beyond  the  age  of  18. Designed  well,  housing  options  can  support  the  development  of  permanent  relationships with caring adults and provide opportunities for acquiring life skills, advanced education, and employment opportunities. Effective housing options can also provide important incentives for young people to choose to remain in care.

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Find and Keep Housing for Transitional Age and Former Foster Youth

This Honoring Emancipated Youth Housing Guide provides practical advice on how to find and keep housing for transitional age and former foster youth. The guide was written by former foster youth, volunteers and community members. This guide is dedicated to housing and is a valuable resource to any young person, but especially former foster youth and disconnected transitional aged youth. This guide strives to provide guidance to youth ages 18-24 to procure safe and affordable housing.

Note: This guide was written for California youth, but was included here because of the valuable information contained within.

 

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Foster Care Transition Tool Kit

This toolkit is intended to help youth currently in foster care and young adults formerly in foster care access the information and resources needed to begin their transition to young adulthood. The toolkit includes tips and resources to help youth and young adults tackle social, emotional, educational, skills and resource barriers. The toolkit can be also a resource for kinship guardians, foster and adoptive parents, relative caregivers, as well as social workers, teachers, and counselors.

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Foster Club's Transition Toolkit

The FosterClub Transition Toolkit can help foster youth and the adults supporting them develop a comprehensive transition plan. This Transition Toolkit is built around ten different domains (or topics): finances + money management; job + career; life skills; identity; permanence; education; self-care + health; housing; transportation; community; culture and social life. In this Toolkit, each of these domains is shown as a line on a subway map. The “subway” map will give you a look at everything you’ll need to plan for on your way to successful life on your own. The Toolkit also provides with transition planning worksheet templates.

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Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) - Family Unification Program (FUP) Q&A

This document contains questions and answers and a brief overview of the Housing Choice Voucher (HCV) and Family Unification Program (FUP).

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Office of Federal Acknowledgement Peer TA - Strengthening Self-sufficiency Pathways

OFA Peer TA facilitates the sharing of information across state and local agencies implementing the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program. The goal of Peer TA is to establish linkages among TANF agencies and their partners serving TANF and low-income families at the state, county, local, and tribal level. The Peer TA website acts as a dissemination and communications vehicle, supporting the Peer TA Network in the provision of technical assistance, facilitating a dialogue among organizations serving TANF and low-income families, and helping organizations learn about innovative programs and the latest research around effective strategies to successfully support TANF and low-income families on a path to self-sufficiency.

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Person-Centered Thinking & Planning Tip Sheets for Foster Care in New York

Being person-centered is about how you look at the world. This perspective considers the young person as an active participant in their own life choices. It is seeing the person’s strengths first, instead of their disabilities, deficits, or things that others may think need to be “cured.” 

Tip Sheets include:

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Post Adoption Help for Families

Post adoption services for families available through the NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) include the following:

Developed by the Council on Children and Families and Funded by the Developmental Disabilities Planning Council