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Welcome to the Transition topic group, formerly the Transition Club on FosterClub.com. More than 20,000 young people transition out of foster care every year. If you are starting to think about life after foster care, use this topic group as your resource and support community to set you up for success.

Publications:

Transition Toolkit > publication designed as a resource for youth ageing out of foster care. Will help identify assets, resources and map out a plan for you to begin on a new journey.
it's T time > 21 things foster youth should do before they transition out of care. Free poster download.

Education Resources:

National Postsecondary Support Map > links and information on state tuition waivers, statewide education support programs and 4 year campus-based support programs for students who experience foster care.

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Looking for "adoptive kids" who are aging out

Alisoncm862's picture

Hello!

My fiance and I are 35 and 41 and we have no children together. We are looking to "adopt" a child/teen/young adult who is aging out of the system. We would be surrogate parents---we would call and check up on them, visit them at college, invite them on our family trips, visit them, etc. We live in Connecticut. Is there a way to find young adults to reach out to? We believe every kid needs a mom and dad, even adult kids.

Many opportunities

Kerrluc's picture

There are many opportunities for you guys if your caseworker isn't sure go above them to their director about college funds. Here in Illinois we have a youth advisory board that is very affective and we have many resources as you should in Missouri and Wisconsin talk to your caseworker's director about oppurtunities that you are missing it is required by law that they tell you what's available.

Scholarships

Desit14's picture

I'm 17 currently a foster child in Missouri. I've been accepted to a University but do not have the funds to pay for college on my own! I work part time and my paychecks aren't nearly enough and I would prefer to be debt free. If anyone has any information on scholarships that could help me please contact me at: 15da40@isdschoolsmail.org
I've talked to my case worker and she talked about the Casey Life Skills Scholarship which is $5,000 dollars but altogether it's like $20,000 dollars a year.

transition toolkit

rjohn51's picture

How do i get printed copies of the transition toolkit

aging out of foster care

Jaci Nicole's picture

is the age 21 or did the law go in for age 23 already?

Getting Older teens ready for independent living.

ada8919's picture

Is there any program in Wisconsin where I could foster older teens in order to get them ready for Independent living? Does anyone know who I coud contact?

Re: Getting Older teens ready for independent living.

Jamie's picture

Hi ada8919! Thank you for your comment! Usually, when you foster through the state agency, you can indicate that you'd like to take in teens who are in "permanent foster care" since those are the young people more likely to age out of the system.

Why don't you send me an email with some more details about your situation and I can put you in contact with folks in Wisconsin that will have answers for you. jamie@fosterclub.com.

Best!

Jamie Hinsz
Policy Specialist
FosterClub

Cheers!

FosterClub & CMFCAA Host Transitions Retreat

Transitions RetreatFosterClub partnered with CMFCAA to present at their annual Transitions Retreat. Each year, 10 high school seniors (foster and adoptive youth) are matched with mentors. The program is designed to help youth complete high school, improve life skills, and pursue milestones with the help of a one-to-one mentor. The program makes for a successful transition into adulthood. 
Read more here...

Permanence in Older Youth from Foster Care

Getting Solid PublicationArticle from July/August 2015 Issue of Social Work Today about permanency. It reads, "Permanency may be conceptualized as two separate but related dimensions. It is ideal, but not always possible, for [foster] youths to attain both." More >

Youth Leaders Advocate for Homelessness Reform

FosterClub youth leaders Dani Townsend, Tamisha Maklin and Taevon Harvin-Pierre advocated at the Homelessness Among Foster Youth open forum sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. Read on...

YouthAdvocates

A Call to Change the Statistics for Foster Youth Aging Out of Care

The statistics of foster youth when they age out of care are disheartening. Rita Soronen calls out that we, as a nation, need to do more.

"It is our duty as a nation to end this cycle. We made promises to these 101,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted that we would find them safe, supportive homes. We must take the lead and work harder to do that. "

At FosterClub, our mission is to change those statistics by providing education, peer and community connections, inspirational stories and representation in political arena for young people in and from foster care. Read Rita Soronen's opinion article for CNN here...

infographic_foster_aging_out

Invitation from Foster Care to Success: 2015 Launch of the National Alliance for Success After Foster Care

Join Foster Care to Success on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 1PM PST/ 4PM EST on a conference call to discuss the 2015 launch of the National Alliance for Success After Foster Care.

The call is a first step towards developing a sustainable “Big Tent” approach to unify alumni of foster care, adoptive, foster, and birth parents, faith leaders, social workers, philanthropists, juvenile court judges, volunteers, educators, and mentors to work together in new and effective ways. Foster youth need and deserve a strong, sustainable, vibrant and visionary National Alliance to work with them and on their behalf so they can grow into healthy, productive adults and good citizens.

To register for the conference call please click HERE.

FosterClub & CMFCAA Host Transitions Retreat

Transitions RetreatFosterClub partnered with CMFCAA to present at their annual Transitions Retreat. Each year, 10 high school seniors (foster and adoptive youth) are matched with mentors. The program is designed to help youth complete high school, improve life skills, and pursue milestones with the help of a one-to-one mentor. The program makes for a successful transition into adulthood. 
Read more here...

Permanence in Older Youth from Foster Care

Getting Solid PublicationArticle from July/August 2015 Issue of Social Work Today about permanency. It reads, "Permanency may be conceptualized as two separate but related dimensions. It is ideal, but not always possible, for [foster] youths to attain both." More >

Youth Leaders Advocate for Homelessness Reform

FosterClub youth leaders Dani Townsend, Tamisha Maklin and Taevon Harvin-Pierre advocated at the Homelessness Among Foster Youth open forum sponsored by Senators Chuck Grassley (R-IA) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), co-chairs of the Senate Caucus on Foster Youth. Read on...

YouthAdvocates

A Call to Change the Statistics for Foster Youth Aging Out of Care

The statistics of foster youth when they age out of care are disheartening. Rita Soronen calls out that we, as a nation, need to do more.

"It is our duty as a nation to end this cycle. We made promises to these 101,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted that we would find them safe, supportive homes. We must take the lead and work harder to do that. "

At FosterClub, our mission is to change those statistics by providing education, peer and community connections, inspirational stories and representation in political arena for young people in and from foster care. Read Rita Soronen's opinion article for CNN here...

infographic_foster_aging_out

Invitation from Foster Care to Success: 2015 Launch of the National Alliance for Success After Foster Care

Join Foster Care to Success on Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 at 1PM PST/ 4PM EST on a conference call to discuss the 2015 launch of the National Alliance for Success After Foster Care.

The call is a first step towards developing a sustainable “Big Tent” approach to unify alumni of foster care, adoptive, foster, and birth parents, faith leaders, social workers, philanthropists, juvenile court judges, volunteers, educators, and mentors to work together in new and effective ways. Foster youth need and deserve a strong, sustainable, vibrant and visionary National Alliance to work with them and on their behalf so they can grow into healthy, productive adults and good citizens.

To register for the conference call please click HERE.

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