Credit hours:
2.50

Course Summary

For teenagers who have been living in foster care, the transition to adulthood presents many new and often daunting experiences. This course provides foster parents with guidance on how to help youth and emerging adults build a foundation for a successful transition to adult life outside of foster care.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • Unique challenges youth face when exiting foster care
  • Adolescent development and changes in the brain
  • Laws and programs to support transitioning youth
  • The critical role of foster parents
  • Tools to empower foster youth to prepare for the transition to adulthood

Step 1

Read this FosterClub Real Story written by Shawn Denise Semelsberger. She provides youth perspective about aging out of foster care unprepared.

Step 2

FosterClub recommends foster youth do 21 things before they transition out of care to make sure they have a successful journey to independence. Read FosterClub's "it's T time" to become familiar with steps foster youth should take before they leave foster care.

Step 3

Read this FosterClub Real Story written by Ricky Ballesteros, he provides valuable youth perspective about why transition planning is important.

Step 4

Review "Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents", developed by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Step 5

Join the discussion in the comments below to answer the following question:

When do you think a young person should begin their transition plan?

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Course Discussion

lauraphamby's picture

lauraphamby said:

By the time a child is in high school, he or she needs to be guided in life skills so that by the time of graduation, the transition can be made as smoothly as possible.
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gianna15 said:

Youth need to plan for their transition as early as their late teens. They have to plan for post education, health care, jobs, managing money, and making more permanent relationships. Young people don't realize what they need until they need it and last minute planning does not always follow through for them. Many should be involved in this plan.
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Cali_R said:

A youth should begin their transition plan a year before they transition out, this gives them time to think it through and have options.
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Cali_R said:

At least 3 months before they leave care, with back up plans.