Credit hours:
2.50

Course Summary

For a youth in foster care, the transition out of care to independence is often difficult, confusing and filled with uncertainty. Being informed and prepared can make a big difference. The FosterClub Transition Toolkit is designed to help teens understand what successful transitioning from foster care means to them, how to prepare ahead of time, the importance of staying on the right course, and what resources, as participants in the foster care system, are available to them. The FosterClub Transition Toolkit is a step by step way for youth aging out of care to develop a transition plan (required by federal law). The Toolkit includes planning worksheets, record keeping, detailed maps and resources on the ten different transition-planning topics.

In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • the role of youth engagement in transition planning
  • the Federal legal/legislative requirements for transition plans
  • what a transition plan should include
  • how to use the FosterClub Transition Toolkit

Step 1

Watch this video of FosterClub Board Member and alumna of foster care, Nicole Dobbins, discuss Transition & Youth Engagment:

Step 2

Review "Working With Youth to Develop a Transition Plan", provided by the Child Welfare Information Gateway.

Step 3

Review the FosterClub Transition Toolkit. The publication is designed to help foster youth develop a transition plan. As a foster parent, you can introduce a young person to this tool and help them complete it. 

Step 4

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

What is your foster youth's main concern about leaving care?

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Course Discussion

epowell's picture

epowell said:

My kids said they gone live with me forever. Honestly we never really talked about it yet.
mcmerolla's picture

mcmerolla said:

preparing our foster kids for life outside of our home has always been a worry of mine. Just so much to think about and cover and its hard to know where to start. Like the way this organized key areas of concern such as finance, healthcare, housing, etc to make sure we address the most important things first in addition to general life skills.
merollba's picture

merollba said:

really appreciated the practical application of the material. Transition to adulthood for foster kids is a big driver of anxiety for them and this course laid out some helpful tips and insights to help equip them in a way to make it easier and less daunting.
ktrickel's picture

ktrickel said:

Not having supportive people available to him 24/7
swashington12's picture

swashington12 said:

I HAVE ONLY FOSTERED YOUNGER CHILDREN, BUT I DO BELIEVE IN PREPARING EVERY CHILD LIFE SKILLS STARTING VERY YOUNG, SO THEY KNOW HOW TO DO THINGS IN THE HOME, AGEING OUT CARE I WOULD START YOUNG ENOUGH TO UNDERSTAND SELF SUFFICIENCY, THEN START WITH TRANSITION TOOLKIT.
shirley55's picture

shirley55 said:

shirley55
lmiester's picture

lmiester said:

Great that much of this information is provided as PDFs.
lmiester's picture

lmiester said:

Great that much of this information is provided as PDFs.
gdmj0311's picture

gdmj0311 said:

this looks like an awesome toolkit or kids who become of age to move on in their life in a positive and prepared way.
KimberlyA's picture

KimberlyA said:

I have not had to go through this process yet since I have younger aged foster children. I would think thought that the fears are many, not least of which where they will live and how they will eat. I personally would not make a child leave just because they turned 18, I didn't with my own biological children.