• Preparation for Adulthood

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Transition Planning

Course Summary:

For teenagers who have been living in foster care, the transition to adulthood presents many new and often daunting experiences. This course provides foster parents with guidance on how to help youth and emerging adults build a foundation for a successful transition to adult life outside of foster care.
In this course, you can expect to learn:

  • Unique challenges for youth exiting foster care
  • Adolescent development and changes in the brain
  • Laws and programs to support transitioning youth
  • The critical role of foster parents
  • Tools to empower foster youth to prepare for the transition to adulthood


Take this Course:

Estimated time to complete: 1.5 hours

A: Read this FosterClub Real Story written by Shawn Denise Semelsberger. She provides youth perspective about aging out of foster care unprepared: CLICK HERE
B: FosterClub recommends foster youth do 21 things before they transition out of care to make sure they have a successful journey to independence. Read the "it's T time" to become familiar with steps foster youth should take before they leave foster care: CLICK HERE
C: Read this Real Story written by Ricky Ballesteros, he provides valuable youth perspective about why transition planning is important: CLICK HERE
D:  Review Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents, from the Child Welfare Information Gateway: CLICK HERE (Hint: Keep this pop-up window open, you may want to refer to it during the quiz.)
E: Add your comment to the supportive adult course discussion question: CLICK HERE

Course Discussion Question

When do you think a young person should begin their transition plan?

  • I think the important information is that once a child is 18 they are not an adult magically ready to make adult decisions. They still need guidance and support from adults who know what it is to budget, pay bills, find housing,etc. It's important that just because a child phases out of the system that we don't just forget them and refuse them aid.

    By 3 weeks 4 days ago
  • I think it all depends on the young person and what they have had to deal with, what their situation is some people are able to deal with things where others are not. If their having problems maybe they should start sooner rather than later.

    By 1 month 3 days ago
  • Begin when they are in junior high. They will feel empowered early on!

    By 1 month 1 week ago



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