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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?

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Course Discussion

aarmentano's picture

aarmentano said:

Having money to pay for things.
cat10141966's picture

cat10141966 said:

It's my gandchildren who are here with me now, to young to ask these type of questions yet. I would always make sure that any child that comes into my life knows that they are always welcome to be here at my home anytime.
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FCJessica said:

My foster youth is young now but wants to go to college. Her worry is that when the other kids go home for the holidays, will she have a place to go? Is she able to stay on campus? Will she have a permanent home to go to at that time?