The goals of Transition to Adult living is to provide youth assistance in transitioning from foster care to adult living through a private/public network of support, in order to promote their success. This assistance includes assessment, mentoring, self-esteem building, personal future planning, caregiver and family networking, basic life-skills training, housing, leisure skills, education, employment, on-the-job training, information and referral, crisis support, medical, mental health and limited financial assistance.
- Access to safe and affordable housing
- Employment at levels sufficient to cover basic needs.
- Establish a mentoring program to promote enduring and supportive relationships.
- Provide training and education for career preparation.
- Promote mental health and physical wellness.
- Provide personal life skills training for successful transition to adulthood.
- Provide training and support to foster parents to assist in healthy transitions for youth.
- Involve youth in all aspects of planning and implementation of services and support.
Why is This Needed?
National studies on kids aging out of foster care show:
- 60 percent of females had given birth.
- 90 percent have no health-care coverage.
- Are more likely to be homeless.
- Have lower math and reading skills and only half complete high school.
- Are more likely to be involved in the criminal justice system with about 19 percent incarcerated.
- Develop an Interactive Web site so youth can easily access employment, housing, educational and other resources.
- Provide funding for housing and work-related expenses such as clothing, transportation, utility and rent deposits.
- Initiate a variety of mentoring programs to provide a positive, trusting relationship with a caring adult.
- Provide hands-on opportunities for youth to learn the skills necessary to live independently.
- Address and eliminate policy, funding and administrative barriers that prevent youth from receiving the services and support they need.
- Consolidate and integrate the planning, funding and service-delivery systems at the State and Local levels.
Just for Youth Web Site
Foster youth now have a web site where they can get information to help them in a variety of ways. Financial aid for college, housing and transportation advice. Drivers license info, Health information, etc.
See the Just for Youth Web site here