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

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!
mbufford's picture

mbufford said:

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

Sithrune said:

A child should begin thinking about their plan as early as elementary school and no later than middle school. I have asked children, "what do you want to do when you grow up?" and "How are you going to become that?". It helps them understand they need to plan. Then we show them the resources and try and be a source of information for them to get there. It's never too early.
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svickers21 said:

Youth should begin from day 1 entering into the FCare system. Providing that they obtain strong parental support, DSS and legal guidance up until the time that they are able to actively participate and embrace the steps that it will take to enter into adulthood. Prayerfully the family that has been their support system in the past will continue to be a strong presence throughout the youths/young adults life. Children just want to know that someone is PROUD of them!