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You’re a young person in transition. traveler! You’re on your way to your next stop: independent young adulthood.

It’s a trip and you are the

IT’S EXCITING:

when you

get there, you’ll have no state or foster care strings attached to you. You’ll get to make your own decisions.

IT’S SCARY:

times are uncertain. Young people are having trouble finding jobs, getting their lives going. At

FosterClub, we believe in you. We built this toolkit to help you design a travel plan, working with your transition support team, that will create a map of what you have and what you need for your safe journey to adulthood.

FosterClub’s FosterClub members Lupe (Arizona), Mercedes (Wisconsin), Tyler (Florida), Nicole (Oregon), Anthony (Georgia)

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toolkit

a free tool for developing a youth-driven transition plan with a team approach


. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org . W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org Community Connections (social groups, activities, volunteerism) Community Connections (social groups, activities, volunteerism)

Contact person Contact person

Spiritual support / church:

Peer Circle (Names)

My ethnic heritage: List:

Contact person:

Length of time known

Not sure

.RESOURCES AVAILABLE TO ME.

Phone Phone

Phone

Registered to vote Registered for draft (if male) Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org

Eligibility (what I need to qualify)

Who I contact (and how to apply)

All youth 15 and older

Contact your social worker at 202 727 7500

Youth Ambassadors — The vision for Youth Ambassadors is to provide a voice to older teens in the District’s foster care system. The Youth Ambassadors group is comprised of older youth in care who are selected to serve as mentors and advocates for older youth peers in care. Ambassadors will undergo professional leadership training to prepare them for their roles. An additional component to the role of an Ambassador includes youth participation in an OYE internship. The internship encompasses various activities and duties that specifically foster engagement between the Ambassadors and other older youth in care, as well as select projects including, but not limited to, assistance with the OYE website (currently under development), the OYE quarterly newsletter, and OYE’s Beautification Project. This program helps youth foster leadership and mentoring skills, strengthen social development and public speaking skills, and gain experience with networking and community outreach and meaningful employment. Additionally, youth can benefit from the personal connections and opportunities to discuss real life challenges and solutions with Alumni Ambassadors. Youth Ombudsman — The Youth Ombudsman addresses individual youth concerns for youth in care ages 15 to 21 and identifies systemic challenges. The Youth Ombudsman works directly with foster youth to ensure their complaint receives prompt attention and urgent resolution. The Youth Ombudsman will investigate complaints and concerns and, as appropriate, may mediate situations to ensure best practice is achieved.

All youth 18-20 that demonstrate leadership capacities

Contact Joelle Myers at 202-727-1325

Youth in care ages 15 – 20

Email: yo.bud@dc.gov Call: 1-855-874-3273

Collaborative — The Healthy Families and Community Collaborative are contracted to provide aftercare/community case management services for eligible youth emancipating from CFSA foster care. This service is to provide youth with a supportive network of resources to ensure greater success in their transition to independence within the community. You will be informed by your social worker

All youth 18-21 exiting care

Contact OYE at 202727-7500 or Columbia/Shaw 202-518-6737

Assistance type

Youth Bill of Rights — Drafted by representatives of the Director’s Youth Advisory Board, the Youth Bill of Rights ultimately serves to protect the rights of safety, permanency, and well-being for each youth in care. All CFSA and private agency social workers are responsible for reviewing and familiarizing themselves with the document.


a message to supportive adults... Everyone can use some help from a friend. As advocates for young people in foster care, we know these youth need support like all teens. Our experience at FosterClub tells us that having committed and reliable adult supporters is the number one indicator of success for a young person transitioning from foster care. Special thanks to the State of Oregon’s Independent Living Program and The District of Columbia’s Child and Family Services Agency, Office of Youth Empowerment, for their partnership in developing FosterClub’s Transition Toolkit.

You can strengthen your role as a Transition Support Team Member for this youth: n Read the information in this toolkit and visit www.fosterclub.org for more tools to help youth prepare for life after foster care n Visit www.fosteringconnections.org to learn more about the Fostering Connections Act n Help the youth identify their strengths AND needs n Make it clear how you are willing to support the youth n Help keep the youth on track n Celebrate success n Remember that it’s the youth’s life — and it’s their transition plan. Mentor away, but keep in mind that ultimately, they will be the ones living out the plan.


WITHOUT A ROAD MAP YOUR TRANSITION JOURNEY COULD BE TROUBLE. Young people who “age out” of foster care – or turn too old to receive foster care services – often face the challenges of adulthood unprepared and without support. Suddenly you age out and you’re hit with millions of adult decisions to make, like finding safe, affordable housing, setting up utilities, getting health insurance, finding transportation, getting a job and much more. The fact is, most young adults in America FosterClub’s Transition Toolkit

can lean on their parents to help with some of this support into their late 20s. But as a young person in foster care, it’s possible that you can’t count on support from your parents. So you need to get a plan. Check out this FosterClub Transition Toolkit. It’s a map to guide you out of foster care and into safe independent adulthood. You can call it a “Transition Plan”.


WHAT IS A TRANSITION PLAN? A recent federal law requires that all states must develop a transition plan for foster youth during the 90 day period before the youth leaves foster care at age 18, 19, 20 or 21. The plan must be individual to the young person and must be developed with the young person. Among the issues to be addressed are specific options on housing, health insurance, education, local opportunities for mentors, and workforce supports and employment services. What FosterClub believes: The good part about this new law is that the Government states clearly that foster youth need a transition plan and that the youth needs to help develop it.

Our view is that it’s your life. What happens should be your say, not just a judge’s or a caseworker’s. And just 90 days to develop a plan for life? We believe that you owe it to yourself to get the facts and start working on your transition plan as early as you can. The sooner you start, the more control you’ll have. Two or three years before leaving the foster care system is not too soon to be working on your transition plan. You’ve dreamed about those days of independence after foster care. With this Transition Toolkit, you can take charge and begin to make those dreams come true. Visit us online at www.fosterclub.com for stories about real youth aging out of the system.

more about The Fostering Connections to Success and Increased Adoptions Act of 2008 law (Public Law 110-351) The new Fostering Connections law made major improvements to programs and policies related to older youth in foster care. Specifically, the Fostering Connections law provides new supports and services to promote permanency and the improved wellbeing of older youth in foster care. These include foster care, adoption, or guardianship assistance payments to children after the age of 18; a requirement that personal transition plans for youth aging out are developed within 90 days prior to youth exiting foster care; extending eligibility for Independent Living Program services to children adopted or placed in kinship guardianship at age 16 or older; and extending eligibility for education and training vouchers to children who exit foster care to kinship guardianship at age 16 or older ( those adopted after age 16 were already eligible). For the exact text, go to Section 475 of the Social Security Act (42 U.S.C.675)

FosterClub’s Transition Toolkit


what’s your

transition plan? You can take action now, invest in your future, and create your transition plan to really work for you.

The FosterClub Toolkit is a step-by-step transition plan. Here, you’ll clarify your goals, gather up resources, build a Transition Support Team, honestly evaluate your assets, and sharpen your skills for life on your own. With FosterClub’s Transition Toolkit as your guide, you can put yourself in the driver’s seat to your future. The FosterClub Transition Toolkit is built around ten different categories. You’ll visit each category on your transition journey.

In this Toolkit, these categories are shown as lines on a subway map (next page). Each stop on the subway map is an item for you to examine as you follow the path to leaving foster care.

finances + money management

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job + career life skills identity permanence education self care + health housing transportation community,culture & social life

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There are two optional categories. Include one or both of these items in your transition plan if they apply to you:

pregnant parenting

these items to comply * Complete with requirements of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increased Adoptions Law.

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F S e L T I p C H J

Where to start? That’s up to you. This map provides a quick overview of the ten different

categories you’ll want to check out. Just as a subway line contains many stops where you can get out and look around, each category “line” contains several stops to explore. You’ll notice assets and skills you’ll want to pick up at each stop as you journey on your transition to adulthood.

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current employment listing of past employment resumé and/or sample application employment skills knowledge of resources vocational accessment

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high school diploma or GED higher education / training plan ETV and scholarships reading skills math skills writing skills knowledge of resources

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health insurance health provider / primary doctor mental health insurance mental health provider / therapist prescription plan dental insurance dental provider vision health education medical records medical proxy knowledge of resources

Pregnant

identiry

transportation

mode of tranportation driver’s license insurance knowledge of public transportation

housing

housing after care transitional housing reference and/or co-signer sample rental application back-up plan knowledge of resources

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community, culture & social life

community connections spiritual support/church peer circle ethnicity registered to vote after-care services


FosterClub member Alex from Colorado

what’s my role? You can jump on board or sit and watch your transition take place without your participation in the planning process. It’s your life, and your participation in your Transition Plan will get you valuable connections and resources BEFORE you leave the foster care system. You’re smart to take full advantage. Have a say. Get control. If, at any time, you feel that you are not being heard or getting the support you need to create and carry out your transition plan, make sure you let someone know. Don’t miss any chance to speak in court or talk with a judge before you transition out of foster care The judge holds the real power to get you the resources and services you need. Your transition plan will probably be reviewed by the court – so make sure you show up to answer any questions the judge might have and to speak up for what you care about.

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You don’t have to do it alone:

get your own personal GPS: a transition support team Planning for your transition to adulthood can be a little daunting. But don’t worry – you can get you very own GPS system to guide you. By pulling together your Transition Support Team – you’ll have access to guides who have already made the journey to adulthood. They can help show you the way and equip you with information, advice, and access to resources. They can help you stay on track and will be by your side to celebrate as you achieve your goals. The size of your team is up to you. Try for at least two or three adult supporters. A member of your transition support team could be an adult who has supported you or given you good advice in the past, such as: n a coach or teacher, a pastor or church member n a neighbor or employer, n a CASA, attorney, or guardian ad litum n a relative, foster parent or guardian n the parent of a friend or classmate n someone with a career you are interested in: chef or cook, landscaper, engineer, artist or musician, retail buyer, mechanic, small business person, etc. You can speak to your case worker or social worker about other possible members of your Transition Support Team. Every successful adult has a team of supportive people behind them (just ask someone you know who’s successful), so identify your team and be ready to accept some assistance along the way.


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In this toolkit... Overview & map pages

Each map page has a category such as HOUSING . The HOUSING line is divided into stops with challenges for you to consider. Visit each stop and work the challenges.

Transition Planning Worksheets

When you’ve worked the challenges on the map pages, the transition planning worksheets will help you create a plan. Each of the worksheets has four parts: What I Have. These are the assets that you already possess that will help you with the transition to adulthood. Only list items in this section that you ALREADY have.

The Transition Planning Worksheets in this toolkit are available online as a Microsoft Word document. You can type directly into the forms, which have fields that are expandable to accommodate longer answers.

Download at

fosterclub.COM

Resources Available to Me. Use this section to document resources that are available from your foster care agency or other community resource. This is My Plan. What do you want to accomplish? Use this section to document your goals and the steps you will take to get there. Readiness Scale. Work with your Transition Team to score your readiness within each category. Read more on the following page.

tips for transition planning... Keep your transition plan in a safe place. Some of the information you document may be personal. Protect yourself from identity theft by keeping your information secure. FosterClub’s Transition Toolkit

Ask for info and advice. The adults in your life have already made the transition to adulthood. Make use of what they know... ask adults you respect for information and advice.

Revisit & revise. Creating a transition plan shouldn’t be a one-time event. Make time to check your progress, see how your readiness improves, and update your goals at least every 6 months.

Jump in and learn more! Go to www.fosterclub.org to find resources for foster youth. Learn from your peers who are also making the transition from foster care to adulthood.


. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org Short term (1 year) goals

tracking your progress Steps & services (and who will help me)

Progress

OK, this section might really turn you off. You might hate keeping score. Or you might love it. This page explains the keeping score part of the worksheets, WHICH IS COMPLETELY OPTIONAL. So skip it if you dislike keeping score. At the bottom of each Planning Worksheet is a “Readiness Scale.” You and your Transition Support Team can rate how ready you are on a scale from 1 (not ready at all) to 10 (completely ready) for each of the domains. Once you’ve completed a plan for all 10 domains, you can Long term goals (five years from now, my financial goal is): add up all of scores to get a total score. The overall goal is to track your progress, say, from month to month or year to year. Plan immediately after I leave foster care:

READINESS SCALE

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Check this out: there’s no pass or fail on this chart, no perfect or horrible score, no lazy or workaholic score. The point system here is designed to only show part of your progress in working your Transition Plan. Another point is that you should expect your “Readiness Scale” points to get higher as you get older. At 14 years-old you would not fill in the worksheet as completely as you would at 18. It just makes sense. You may see that you are stronger in some categories than in others. Tracking shows where you can improve in a category or compensate by building up in other categories.

get started!

The TRANSITION PLAN OVERVIEW WORKSHEET on the very next page is completely different than the other WORKSHEET pages. You’ll see that there is no “Readiness Scale”. You’ll also notice other unfamiliar concepts on the bottom half of the sheet. That weird part is for your case worker or social worker or judge to fill out.

transition plan 
 overview worksheet 
 


First
Name
and
Initial


Youth
 Information


Last
Name


Case
Number


Independent
Living
Provider
or
Case
Manager


Date
Plan
Completed


Six
month
follow‐up
due


Projected
emancipation
date


Birth
date
(mm/dd/yy)


Current
age


Gender



Male







Female


The top half of the form is for you to use as you work your way through FosterClub’s Transition Toolkit. Log in as you finish a category.

Transition
 Domains


Date
of
1st
score


Completed
domains


Indicate
the
domains
 included
in
this
 transition
plan,
along
 with
the
Readiness
Score
 (optional)



Finances
&
Money
Management
 

Education
 

Job
&
Career
 

Permanence
 

Life
Skills
 

Community,
Culture,
&
Social
Life
 

Transportation
 

Identity
 

Housing
 

Self
Care
&
Health
 
Other
(please
list):

Total
Readiness
Score:


Date
of
2nd
score


Date
of
3rd
score



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Additional
Plans


Have
other
community
partners
crafted
a
plan
on
behalf
of
the
youth?


 
Yes



 

No
 If
Yes,
consider
including
as
part
of
this
transition
plan
in
order
to
reduce
redundant
planning
and
 improve
agency
collaboration
in
serving
the
youth:
 

Ansell‐Casey
Life
Skills
Plan
(www.caseylifeskills.org)
 

Individual
Education
Plan
(IEP)
 

Person
Centered
Plan
 

Treatment
Plan
and
Discharge
Plan
(D&A,
Residential,
Mental
Health,
etc.)


FosterClub member Jojo from California

To complete the forms online, go to www.fosterclub.org, click on Transition Toolkit, click on ‘download the templates in word format’.



Voc
Rehab/IPE
(Individual
Plan
for
Employment)
 

Development
Disabilities
Individual
Support
Plan
(DD
ISP)
 

Temporary
Assistance
to
Needy
Families
(TANF/JOBS)
 

Workforce
Investment
Act
(WIA)
 

Other
(please
list):

Transition
Team
Attach
additional
sheets
as
necessary
 



 Name



 Role



 Name


Role



 Name



 Phone
Number


e‐Mail



 Phone
Number



 Role


e‐Mail



 Phone
Number


e‐Mail



 


I
participated
in
creating
and
approve
of
this
Transition
Plan.
Youth’s
Signature:



 Visit www.fosteringconnections.org for more federal and state information regarding the Fostering Connections to Success and Increased Adoptions Act From the FosterClub Transition Toolkit, copyright © 2010 FosterClub, Inc.and FosteringConnections.org. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. Permission granted to copy, adapt, distribute and transmit this work so long as not used for commercial purposes, work is attributed, and this notice remains intact. For more information, contact FosterClub at 503-717-1552 or visit www.fosterclub.org and www.fosteringconnections.org.


transition plan overview worksheet Youth Information to be updated once a year

First Name and Initial

Last Name

Client ID

Social Worker/Agency

Date

Projected emancipation date

Date of 1st YTP and 2nd YTP

Birth date (mm/dd/yy)

Current age

Gender

Male Date of 1st score

Transition Domains

Date of 2nd score

Female Date of 3rd score

Completed domains

Indicate the domains included in this transition plan, along with the Readiness Score (optional)

Finances & Money Management Education Job & Career Permanence Life Skills Community, Culture, & Social Life Transportation Identity Housing Self Care & Health Other (please list): Total Readiness Score:

Additional Plans

Have other community partners crafted a plan on behalf of the youth? Yes No If Yes, consider including as part of this transition plan in order to reduce redundant planning and improve agency collaboration in serving the youth: Individual Education Plan (IEP) Case Plan Treatment Plan and Discharge Plan (D&A, Residential, Mental Health, etc.) Voc Rehab/IPE (Individual Plan for Employment) Development Disabilities Individual Support Plan (DD ISP) LYFE Plan Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Other (please list):

Transition Team Attach additional sheets as necessary Name

Role

Phone Number

e-Mail

Name

Role

Phone Number

e-Mail

Name

Role

Phone Number

e-Mail

I agree to use the toolkit for transition planning.

Youth’s signature:

Visit www.fosteringconnections.org for more federal and state information regarding the Fostering Connections to Success and Increased Adoptions Act From the FosterClub Transition Toolkit, copyright Š 2010 FosterClub, Inc.and FosteringConnections.org. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. Permission granted to copy, adapt, distribute and transmit this work so long as not used for commercial purposes, work is attributed, and this notice remains intact. For more information, contact FosterClub at 503-717-1552 or visit www.fosterclub.org and www.fosteringconnections.org.


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your identity and damaged your credit? It is not uncommon for foster youth to have had biological family members use their credit. The Child and Family Services . T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org Improvement and Innovation Act (Public Law (P.L.) 112-34) now Short term (1 year) goals Steps & services (and who will help me) Progress requires your state to check your credit report each year to help you ensure your identity is safe.

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Management Skills. List any independent living courses relating to money management Plan immediately after I leave foster care: Savings for Leaving Foster Care n that you have taken. Also list skills acquired in the home or at Set a goal to save a specific amount of money by your school. Skills might include credit, emancipation, or age-out date. Savings may be used to Long term goals (five years from now, my financial goal is): budgeting, balancing checkbooks/ rent an apartment, for transportation, or as a slush fund accounts, consumer skills, etc. for emergencies. List your current savings balance to gauge progress toward the savings goal. READINESS SCALE

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. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org

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Regular sources sources of of income income (description): (description – list name of Business or Agency): Regular

Monthly Amount Monthly Amount $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Demonstrated money management skills (list):

Credit checked (for identity theft)

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. R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org

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Bank on DC. Targeted to youth Office of Youth Empowerment EverFi online curriculum is a 10 module, 6 hour program that covers age 18-21 202 727 7500 over 600 topics including banking, credit scores, insurance, credit card, student loans, mortgages, taxes, stocks, savings and 401Ks. EverFi is self paced with completion occurring prior to the youth’s 21st birthday . T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org . Identification. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a planTargeted at www.fosterclub.org to youth Vital Records Division Short term (1 year) goals Steps & services (and who will help me) Progress Identification is needed in order to open a checking or savings age 18-21 899 North Capitol Street, NE Short term year)worker goalsshould have copies of youth birth Steps & services (and who will help me) Progress account. Your(1social if born in DC. If not in born in DC certificate and social security card. Your social worker will assist you go to www.cdc.gov/nchs/w2w in getting these items if needed

Supplemental Security Income SSI. Supplemental Security Income (SSI) provides financial assistance for people who have little or no income and who have a physical, mental or emotional disability. Social Worker will assist you in determining if your are available for SSI and start the process prior to you aging out care. Planofimmediately after I leave foster care:

For youth no longer in care

Social Security Administration www.socialsecurity .gov DC locations: 7820 Eastern Ave NW 2041 MLK Jr. SE 2100 M Street NW

Plan immediately after I leave foster care:

Credit Report. Targeted to youth A report issued by a credit bureau or credit-reporting agency on the age 16-21 Long term goals (five years from now, my financial goal is): credit history and payment history of borrowers. Your social worker Long term (fivewith years from your now,credit my financial is): or GAL can goals assist you checking to ensure goal that no one has used your information to obtain credit. You are entitled to one free credit report every 12 months from each of the three major consumer reporting and TransUnion. Needs work 1 2 3 4 5 6 R E A D agencies—Equifax, I N E S S S C AExperian, LE READINESS SCALE

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. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org

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Bank The name: DC Office of Tax and Revenue

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or state income tax and Social Security are withheld from your Goal: $ for leaving foster Amount currently saved: $ Savings care: paycheck. If you are considered low income you can expect most of your money returned if you file your taxes prior to April Goal: $ Amount currently saved: $ 15 of each Regular sources of income (description): year.

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Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org

Short term (1 year) goals

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. R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org Plan immediately after I leave foster care: Assistance type Eligibility (what I need to qualify)

Who I contact (and how to apply)

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Rapid Housing Funds The Rapid Housing Program is funded by the Child and Family Services (CFSA) it provide limited assistance in the form of short-term subsides to assist in the housing needs of youth that are employed or in collage, with and/or without children that are transitioning out of care.

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All youth 20 years old exiting care and willing to complete an exit survey

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Eligibility (what I need to qualify) (what I Eligibility (what I need to qualify) need to qualify)

Healthy Horizon — Healthy Horizons medical assistants will support social workers and caregivers in ensuring children/youth receive the full complement of initial health services—medical, dental, and mental health—in a timely manner. Your social worker will support you in using the services offered.

All Foster Care Youth

Who I contact (and how to apply) Who Who II contact contact (and (and how how to to apply) apply)

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Washington, DC 20001 Anacostia Clinic Phone # Phone # 1328 W Street, SE Washington, DC 20020 Hunt Place Clinic 4130 Hunt Place, NE Washington, DC 20019 Southwest Community Clinic Policy #: Policy #: SW 850 Delaware Avenue, Washington, DC 20024 Walker-Jonesend Clinic NW: 202-354-1120 Anticipated date of coverage: Anticipated dateNW: of coverage: SOME Healthend Service 202-797-8806 Planned Parenthood NW: 202-347-8512 La Clinica Del Pueblo PhoneNW: # 202-462-4788 Phone # STD Clinic SE: 202-698-4050 Metro Teen AIDS SE: 202 543-9355 For Mental Health- 1-888-793-4357 Contact your Social Worker for more information Policy #: Policy #:

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. E D U C A T I O N A L H I S T O R Y . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org Current educational status: Attending full time Attending part time

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. R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org Assistance type

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. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org

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. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessment

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. R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org Assistance type

Eligibility (what I need to qualify)

Who I contact (and how to apply)

. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org Short term (1 year) goals

Steps & services (and who will help me)

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. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org

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. R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org Assistance type

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Who I contact (and how to apply)

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Ask if there is assistance from the foster care agency or Chafee Independent Living Program for driver’s education classes and/or other transportation expenses.

. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org

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Research and practice using the metro, bus, train or other public transportation, if available in your area.

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Research auto insurance rates. Find out how insurance rates are impacted by where you live, what you drive, your age, and your driving record. Learn if there is a discount for new drivers who complete driver’s education classes or for students with strong grades. Determine what the up-front insurance costs are.

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Complete a cost-comparison of your transportation options. Compare the costs of owning a vehicle with public transportation.

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Practice map reading skills or learn to use online resources to retrieve directions.

FosterClub’s Transition Toolkit

transportation


. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org My current mode(s) of transportation: my vehicle

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. R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org Assistance type

Eligibility (what I need to qualify)

Who I contact (and how to apply)

. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org Short term (1 year) goals

Steps & services (and who will help me)

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Be sure to get all of your personal documents Personal documents (description): BEFORE Birth certificate you leave care. It’s a lot harder to get State-issued picture identification some of these items after Social Security Card you exit the system

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Eligibility (what I need to qualify)

Who I contact (and how to apply)

. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org Short term (1 year) goals

Steps & services (and who will help me)

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Learn about the various types of permanence (including adoption, reunification, guardianship and kinship care) and the differences between each. Understand how these types of permanence are different than permanent foster care, emancipation or aging out.

Relationship & supports provided:

Name(s):

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Relationship & supports provided:

Address:

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FosterClub’s Transition Toolkit E-mail:

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Phone:

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Young people who have a permanent family connection fare better in their transitioning years. Talk to your caseworker, mentor, or Transition Support Team member about your desires for permanence.

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APPLA

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This tool may also be used to define, substantiate and verbalize a lifelong commitment an adult has made toward supporting you and your goals.

. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org

Permanence is number one. Kinship (live with relative) Guardianship It’s the top reason young people successfully If permanence has been who with? Name(s): transition toachieved, adulthood.

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What kinds of support from adults will be helpful as you move into adulthood — and for the rest of your life? Find a list of 45 different supports in FosterClub’s Permanency Pact (www.fosterclub.com).

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The role of many of the adults in a foster youth’s life may change, decrease, or even end after the youth leaves foster care. Make sure to make connections to supportive adults who will continue to support you into adulthood.

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My current permanency plan: Reunification Adoption

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Many of the adults in your life may not be as available to you after you leave foster care, such as foster parents, case workers, judges and attorneys. It can be a good idea to develop less formal roles with adults who can act as support or mentors.

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. R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org Assistance type

Eligibility (what I need to qualify)

Who I contact (and how to apply)

. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org Short term (1 year) goals

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n Community Organizations. Become a resource within community organizations. Take on leadership roles in school and other community groups.

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n get a mentor. Get connected with one or more adult mentors to develop long-term relationships to serve as role models in areas such as employment, transitional life skills, social support and friendship. Identify through organizations (Boys and Girls Club, local mentor organizations) or through group decision-making process.

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n community. Find opportunities to play an active role in community life, often taking place in school settings. Locate groups and organizations for volunteering, leadership and community service.

. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org

n community resources. Get connected with useful resources in the community where you’ll be living after foster care. Include contact information and description of resources.

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. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org . W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.org Community Connections (social groups, activities, volunteerism) Community Connections (social groups, activities, volunteerism)

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Registered to vote Registered for draft (if male) Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org

Eligibility (what I need to qualify)

Who I contact (and how to apply)

All youth 15 and older

Contact your social worker at 202 727 7500

Youth Ambassadors — The vision for Youth Ambassadors is to provide a voice to older teens in the District’s foster care system. The Youth Ambassadors group is comprised of older youth in care who are selected to serve as mentors and advocates for older youth peers in care. Ambassadors will undergo professional leadership training to prepare them for their roles. An additional component to the role of an Ambassador includes youth participation in an OYE internship. The internship encompasses various activities and duties that specifically foster engagement between the Ambassadors and other older youth in care, as well as select projects including, but not limited to, assistance with the OYE website (currently under development), the OYE quarterly newsletter, and OYE’s Beautification Project. This program helps youth foster leadership and mentoring skills, strengthen social development and public speaking skills, and gain experience with networking and community outreach and meaningful employment. Additionally, youth can benefit from the personal connections and opportunities to discuss real life challenges and solutions with Alumni Ambassadors. Youth Ombudsman — The Youth Ombudsman addresses individual youth concerns for youth in care ages 15 to 21 and identifies systemic challenges. The Youth Ombudsman works directly with foster youth to ensure their complaint receives prompt attention and urgent resolution. The Youth Ombudsman will investigate complaints and concerns and, as appropriate, may mediate situations to ensure best practice is achieved.

All youth 18-20 that demonstrate leadership capacities

Contact Joelle Myers at 202-727-1325

Youth in care ages 15 – 20

Email: yo.bud@dc.gov Call: 1-855-874-3273

Collaborative — The Healthy Families and Community Collaborative are contracted to provide aftercare/community case management services for eligible youth emancipating from CFSA foster care. This service is to provide youth with a supportive network of resources to ensure greater success in their transition to independence within the community. You will be informed by your social worker

All youth 18-21 exiting care

Contact OYE at 202727-7500 or Columbia/Shaw 202-518-6737

Assistance type

Youth Bill of Rights — Drafted by representatives of the Director’s Youth Advisory Board, the Youth Bill of Rights ultimately serves to protect the rights of safety, permanency, and well-being for each youth in care. All CFSA and private agency social workers are responsible for reviewing and familiarizing themselves with the document.


Youth Ombudsman — The Youth Ombudsman addresses individual youth Youth in care ages 15 – 20 concerns for youth in care ages 15 to 21 and identifies systemic challenges. The Youth Ombudsman works directly with foster youth to ensure their complaint receives prompt attention and urgent resolution. The Youth Ombudsman will investigate complaints and concerns and, as appropriate, may mediate situations to ensure best practice is achieved. . R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org Collaborative — The Healthy Families and Community Collaborative are contracted to provide aftercare/community case management services for eligible youth emancipating from CFSA foster care. This service is to provide youth with a supportive network of resources to ensure greater success in their transition to independence within the community. You will be informed by your social worker which collaborative you will be assigned and the name of your collaborative worker prior to aging out of care.

All youth 18-21 exiting care

Voters Registration Card — To vote in election on the local, state, or federal level you must be 18 years of age and registered to vote.

Youth 18 and older

.THIS IS MY PLAN.

Email: yo.bud@dc.gov Call: 1-855-874-3273

Contact OYE at 202727-7500 or Columbia/Shaw 202-518-6737 East of the River 202-397-7300 Edgewood Brookland 202-832-9400 Far Southeast 202-889-1425 www.dcboee.org 202-727-2525

Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.org

Short term (1 year) goals

Steps & services (and who will help me)

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This important part of your life deserves special attention.

Identify employment goals What are your career interests? What are your desired occupations? What do you want to be doing three years from now? How do you see yourself when you are 30?

Identify long-term & short-term employment options Which jobs and/or programs are attainable at present and what employment opportunities should be available after taking strategic steps? Develop skills for maintaining and advancing in job Employer/employee relationships, continued education, assertiveness training, etc. consider internships and volunteer opportunities While they may not pay well or may not pay at all, volunteer and internship opportunities are a great way to build skills, add depth to your resume, and create strong references. Sometimes these volunteer positions turn into paid positions. Build your resumé Add extra-curricular activities, volunteerism, and take classes to build skills that will be seen as an asset to future employers.

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pregnant & Expecting in collaboration with FosteringConnections.org

. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.com n Obtain Prenatal care OB/GYN Doctor:

Schedule an appointment with a health care A baby on the way n professional once you think that you or your Delivery hospital or location:means that you are now partner are pregnant. Follow the doctor’s advise planning for more than and be sure that all recommended tests are just your own future. (location): Doctor: Date: completed on time. Early weeks and months are very important in the pregnancy. Clinic or hospital:

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Learn ABOUT Pregnancy There’s lots of greatappointments information Prenatal about what to expect during the n Address Nutritional Needs beginning, middle, Pregnancy is the time to stay healthy by eating balanced meals and and later days of taking prenatal vitamins. Health and birth complications can occur pregnancy. Check due to poor nutrition during pregnancy. the internet and/or Pregnancy and new parent education: library or bookstore. Prenatal screenings n Inquire Finances Breastfeeding Other: About Family History Many guides have a Nutrition Stress management Relationship classes Other: Sometimes it’s difficult for young people from foster care to obtain family medical history, week-by-week list Exercise Baby/child development Relationship classes Other: but if you are able to collect some information, now is the time to do it. Knowing of what to expect the father could help prepare for birth difficulties. . R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E history T O of M both E . the Findmother ‘em at and www.fosteringconnections.org and plan for. Due date:

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other financial supports Investigate the types of financial support you and your child might be eligible for. Begin the application process . T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.comas early as possible. Learn Pregnancy Hazards n Short term (1 year) goals services (and who help me) Progress Make sure you avoid all risky behaviors thatSteps could &impact the health of will n Baby things your child. ANY use of drugs or alcohol could impact your pregnancy. Obtain needed items for your Other risky behaviors are: unprotected sex, stressful situations, child, including clothing, dangerous environments, including any abuse. grooming care, a stroller or other

Discuss Your Current Medical Health Your doctor should know about any medical concerns you have about your own health in case a condition could impact your pregnancy.

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IDentify Symptoms & Problems Read about and/or review with your doctor what to do in case of vaginal bleeding, pelvic or abdominal pain, swelling of hands Plan immediately after Iand leave care: feet,foster lack of fetal movement, and other complications. Discuss any concerns with your Doctor immediately.

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Develop Birthing Plan Talk to your doctor about your plan, whether vaginal or c-section delivery. Also discuss methods such as natural delivery, epidural, and other pain management options. Decide who will be with you before, during and after delivery.

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Ensure that your home is baby-safe. Make sure that any dangerous items are removed or locked. Ensure you have n bedding, feeding supplies and equipment, and a safe and healthy atmosphere to bring baby home to. 6 7 8 9 10 Prepared

Visit www.fosteringconnections.org for more federal and state information regarding the Fostering Connections to Success and Increased Adoptions Act

FosterClub’s Transition Toolkit Pregnant From the FosterClub Transition Toolkit, copyright © 2010 FosterClub, Inc.and FosteringConnections.org. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial

3.0 United States License. Permission granted to copy, adapt, distribute and transmit this work so long as not used for commercial purposes, work is attributed, and this notice remains intact. For more information, contact FosterClub at 503-717-1552 or visit www.fosterclub.org and www.fosteringconnections.org.


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pregnant & Expecting in collaboration with FosteringConnections.org

. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.com OB/GYN Doctor:

Clinic or hospital:

Due date:

Delivery hospital or location:

Prenatal appointments (location):

Phone #

Doctor:

Date:

Pregnancy and new parent education: Prenatal screenings

Finances

Breastfeeding

Other:

Nutrition

Stress management

Relationship classes

Other:

Exercise

Baby/child development

Relationship classes

Other:

. R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org Assistance type

Eligibility (what I need to qualify)

Who I contact (and how to apply)

. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.com Short term (1 year) goals

Steps & services (and who will help me)

Progress

Plan immediately after I leave foster care:

Long term goals (five years from now, my family-planning goal is):

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Visit www.fosteringconnections.org for more federal and state information regarding the Fostering Connections to Success and Increased Adoptions Act From the FosterClub Transition Toolkit, copyright Š 2010 FosterClub, Inc.and FosteringConnections.org. Licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 United States License. Permission granted to copy, adapt, distribute and transmit this work so long as not used for commercial purposes, work is attributed, and this notice remains intact. For more information, contact FosterClub at 503-717-1552 or visit www.fosterclub.org and www.fosteringconnections.org.


. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.com n Health Child health

In your role as a parent, your child depends on you to ensure for their(name): own safety and well-being. Pediatrician Clinic or hospital: Child health insurance coverage (name of company/plan):

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Home Safety Ensure your home is child-safe, including elecrical Arrangementoutlet (dayscovers, of week / hours): Monthly cost: gates for stairs, and latches for kitchen n Vaccinations & immunizations and bathroom doors. Keep medicines and cleaning Make sure your child’s shots are up-todate. Keep afor record at home. Financial supports (specifically for parents – seemake finance money management complete plan) supplies out of reach. If you drive, sure&you TANF (Temporaryhave Assistance for Needy Families): Phone: Monthly $ Amt: a child safety seat that is securely installed. n Nutrition Prepare nutritious meals Monthly that include fresh fruits WIC (Women, Infants, and Children): Phone: $ Amt: and vegetables. Maintain WIC and/or food ChildFinancial support and other: Phone: Monthly $ Amt: stamps to ensure adequate food supplies. n Considerations Child care (name of provider):

Ensure your child has regularly scheduled Policy # appointments with the Doctor and the Dentist. Phone # any major Contact your Doctor if you notice changes in your child’s health or development. Keep your Medicaid or other insurance up-ton date. Keep an emergencyPhone # kit on-hand.

Educate yourself about financial n Child Care closely. Find out if there are resources . R Esupports S O U Rthat C Eyou S qualify A V A Ifor, L A B L EResearch T O Mchild E . care Find options ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org including TANF. When you file available in your community to help. Child Who welfare and employment Assistance type Eligibility (what I need to qualify) I contact (and how to apply) your tax return, there will be programs may be able to provide you with day care vouchers. Local new credits now that you have a churches often offer child care, and sometimes provide discounted care child. Keep track of child support for parents who volunteer their time. Ensure all child care professionals payments and make sure all filing and baby-sitters can provide background checks and a safe environment. requirements are fulfilled. n Parent Education . T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about to make a plan at www.fosterclub.com Learn tohow be the best parent you can be. Look into community classes n and check out Steps Education Development books &from your library. Mommy & Me Short term (1 & year) goals services (and who will help me)programs and Progress Learn what to expect in your Fatherhood Initiatives may be available in your community. There are child’s development. Look for excellent, proven techniques to improve bonding with your child. the milestones that your child n Self care should be reaching by specific Becoming a new parent can be stressful, so be sure to take care of your ages. Surround your child own health and wellness. Find ways to manage your stress in a healthy with a stimulating, educational Plan immediately after I leave foster care: way. Look into parent support groups in your community. environment. Read books and spend time outdoors, and limit n Community resources the amount of time in front of Most communities have resources developed specifically for children and Long term goals (five years from now, my parenting goal is): the television. young parents. Your local library can be a great place to start your search for READINESS SCALE

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resources. Be sure to ask your Pediatrician, the local WIC office, and your social worker about community resources that might be helpful. Organize a Needs work 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Prepared filing system to track these resources and start a calendar of events.

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. W H A T I H A V E . Looking for instructions? Download at www.fosterclub.com Child health Child health insurance coverage (name of company/plan):

Policy #

Pediatrician (name):

Phone #

Clinic or hospital:

Child care and education Child care (name of provider):

Phone #

Arrangement (days of week / hours):

Monthly cost:

Financial supports (specifically for parents – see finance & money management for complete plan) TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families):

Phone:

Monthly $ Amt:

WIC (Women, Infants, and Children):

Phone:

Monthly $ Amt:

Child support and other:

Phone:

Monthly $ Amt:

. R E S O U R C E S A V A I L A B L E T O M E . Find ‘em at www.fosteringconnections.org Assistance type

Eligibility (what I need to qualify)

Who I contact (and how to apply)

. T H I S I S M Y P L A N . Get ideas about how to make a plan at www.fosterclub.com Short term (1 year) goals

Steps & services (and who will help me)

Progress

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Long term goals (five years from now, my parenting goal is):

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the exit from Foster care can become even more difficult... Listed here are just a selection of challenges that can make the journey to adulthood more difficult. If you have one or more of these challenges, it does not mean that you won’t be successful as you transition out of foster care. But it does mean that you might need to do some additional planning to overcome the challenges. Some of these challenges have to do with things you may have control over (like becoming a smoker or young parent), and others you may have no control over (like a physical disability). Think about how you might be able to improve your odds — or your Readiness Score — by preparing even more in other areas (for example, increase your education or life skills training).

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Age. It is almost always a disadvantage to leave foster care too young. You receive additional points on your Readiness Score as you are able to develop, mature and stay in the system until you “age out” with the support of caring adults. Substance abuse and addiction. A high percentage of youth in care have parents with drug or alcohol dependency problems. Youth transitioning out of care should take conscious steps to avoid the dangerous pitfalls of alcohol and drug abuse. Smoking. Smoking is a high-risk activity that can cause significant health problems. Incarceration or criminal record. Youth who avoid illegal behavior are more likely to stay safe and succeed as adults. Felony crimes make it very difficult to rent an apartment or obtain employment, which may need to be taken into consideration when rating readiness. Young parent. Teens and young adults who have become parents face huge challenges. You must understand that it is highly advantageous to establish yourself with education, housing, career, finances, etc. before becoming a parent. If you are a teen parent, it is very important to work to gain an advantage in other areas if possible. Disability. Young people who have physical, developmental, learning, or mental health disabilities may have additional difficulties transitioning into adulthood. Look for additional resources that might be available to assist you if you have disabilities.


4 things before you leave foster care... Most young people know that it’s important to have a plan before leaving foster care. But each year, FosterClub hears from youth who have left foster care and lost out BIG... and regret that they didn’t have the information the needed to make an informed decision. Don’t let it happen to you. At the very least, make sure you’ve checked into the following four items and know what you’re getting into by getting out of foster care...

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Check if you can come back to foster care if you want or need help. Ask your caseworker or judge.

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Find out if you’ll lose benefits — including money to help you succeed — if you leave foster care before turning 18, and fail to complete applications.

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Have at least one “go-to” person. It should be someone that is willing to mentor you through tough situations and will provide you with a way to contact them 24/7 in case of an emergency.

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Check FosterClub’s 21 THINGS checklist — things you should have before you leave foster care (at the very least, you’ll know what you’re missing!). http:// www.fosterclub.com/files/21Poster_11x17.pdf

If you are REALLY serious about making a successful transition to adulthood, you’ll need a complete transition plan to prepare you for the journey... this Transition Toolkit can help you map a plan for your future.


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