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

Evelyn42's picture

Evelyn42 said:

I agree with most people that the age of 14 is a good time to being the process of transition.
Jennifer Stone's picture

Jennifer Stone said:

I believe when adolescents are mature enough to have set goals, prove they can be responsible and stable then independent living should surely be an option.
epowell's picture

epowell said:

A reasonable age to start thinking about transition varies person to person. As their guardian, I believe as time goes by you a be able to tell when that child is mature enough to have that conversation. I do believe it’s very important and should always be talked about
Bbeecher's picture

Bbeecher said:

Planning should occur when the youth is mentally ready
mbufford's picture

mbufford said:

The planning should begin the same time it does on an IEP @ age 14!
mbufford's picture

mbufford said:

The planning should begin the same time it does on an IEP @ age 14!
mbufford's picture

mbufford said:

The planning should begin the same time it does on an IEP @ age 14!
mbufford's picture

mbufford said:

The planning should begin the same time it does on an IEP @ age 14!
mbufford's picture

mbufford said:

The planning should begin the same time it does on an IEP @ age 14!
mbufford's picture

mbufford said:

The planning should begin the same time it does on an IEP @ age 14!