July/August 2013Vol. 14, No. 6Developing Youth Transition Plans
Youth in foster care face many challenges when the time comes for them to leave care and begin their adult lives. To ensure that youth transition successfully and experience positive outcomes, the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 contains specific provisions requiring transition plans for youth leaving care. A new bulletin from Child Welfare Information Gateway provides information for child welfare professionals and others who work with youth on how to develop transition plans that meet youths' individual needs and build on their strengths.
The bulletin defines Independent Living services and transition plans and details the Federal legislative requirements for transition plans as set forth in the Fostering Connections Act. In order to help professionals and youth work together to create the most comprehensive plans possible, the bulletin also points to resources that discuss the specifics of what a transition plan should include, offer templates and companion tools for plan creation, and provide literature reviews and promising practices. While there are general issues that must be addressed in every transition plan, States vary in the methods and services they offer to meet those criteria, and the bulletin provides examples of what specific States are doing. Finally, a list of additional resources points to more information on the Fostering Connections Act, transitioning youth, life after foster care, and more.
Working With Youth to Develop a Transition Plan is available on Child Welfare Information Gateway's website: