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

latoyals's picture

latoyals said:

housing and taking care of their basic needs.
tipster127's picture

tipster127 said:

My Foster Youth's concern is not having a support system. She is afraid she will lose us and our commitments to her, she is afraid of losing her care manager who helps her stay on top of medical, and she is afraid of losing her case worker. She has a deep fear that she will be abandoned as she was by her bio family.
annalecomte's picture

annalecomte said:

Our foster youth's main concern is about income and housing.
kateem02's picture

kateem02 said:

I don't have first hand experience with this question, however, my primary concern for a youth aging out is having a stable place to live.
rhiannon's picture

rhiannon said:

When we had our teenager, she was mostly concerned about getting a bank account, using a debit card, and independent living.
hanchettbj's picture

hanchettbj said:

I know that most of the concern is having a place to live, being able to afford an apartment and all the things it takes to have a home, and also having a vehicle to be able get to places.
Hanchettdan's picture

Hanchettdan said:

Most kids aging out are concerned about a job and a place to live.
alrickheadley's picture

alrickheadley said:

Very informative
ericjo50's picture

ericjo50 said:

We have not had a child age out. We tend to only take 11 and under.
jmangen1974's picture

jmangen1974 said:

I only take younger kids so this hasn't been a situation we have had to deal with.