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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?

Course Discussion

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1moswalt said:

Our teenager in care had decided to stay in care when she turned 18. A month or so later, she started talking about signing herself out of care. We spent a lot of time talking to her about how she isn't quite prepared for the real world. She's a bit impulsive and hadn't thought things through. Fortunately, we were able to talk her out of it (no license, no car, no job is not a good predicament to start out with). This talk also motivated her to start getting things figured out. Within a month she had a job and a permit. And a couple months later a license and a car. Now she talks about going to college and we are helping guide her through the steps to make it happen. I'm not sure what her biggest fear of leaving care is, but we are gaining confidence that she has the potential to manage it if she will let us guide her a bit longer.
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1voswalt replied:

I couldn't tell you what her biggest fear is either. But, I am definitely proud of where she is, especially in comparison of where she was before coming to our home and even the first few months after she came to our home. She will be with us a year in November and my hopes for her have increased majorly. Personally, my biggest fear for her is her kind, giving heart and people taking advantage of her because of it. But, she definitely has the potential to be great!
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CarolineShafer said:

That they will just go back to the lifestyle that they lived before because they have more freedom that way.
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Ctownsend said:

Our foster youth's biggest fears are being alone. Our oldest is 20. She doesn't want to be adopted but she doesn't want to leave. You have to have a alternate approach to teaching her things because she is very hard and isn't receptive at times but we all know she is scared. She doesn't want to end up in project housing with her baby and I understand. She wants safe stability and I don't blame her.
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mslessinger said:

The scary big world out there is a big fear, especially without a traditional family to support you.
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scott1510 said:

My foster boys really don't have concerns as we continue to prepare them for adult hood. We talk about this on a daily basis.
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rdande1 said:

Her biggest concern is that she does not want the responsibility of being an adult and all the consequences that come with the decisions she makes. Even at age 22, she still wants to have here needs provided for without her having the responsibility for her actions. It's been a tough transition for her with multiple attempts to assist, but she needs to find her own way. Our hope and prayer is that she discovers her passion and able to commit to that dream with vision and purpose.
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scohorn said:

My kiddo loves being with me... she's happy. She's been here for 2 years. If she were to leave... she is scared of losing the comfort and care she has gotten here.
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epowell said:

Two of my kids are still young so living is not yet in there mind, but they know that regardless they will always be able to call my home theirs. My oldest will be 16 in Dec. and honestly in her mind she can't wait to leave, but realistically she wondering how life will be once she do age out.
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mannyviacrusis said:

My foster youth still young, but I'm worry if in the future he will still have this Resource and good to know more about this resource (TransitionToolkit).