August 2016Vol. 17, No. 6Florida Independent Living Programs and Supports
A Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) report demonstrates the many ways the State is supporting young adults in extended foster care and independent living programs. Independent Living Transition Services Outcome Measures and Oversight Activities points to several Florida initiatives that support youth aging out of foster care and into independent living, including the #ItCANbedone campaign, Florida Youth Leadership Academy, Crossover Youth Practice Model, and Casey Family Programs' Permanency Roundtables and Permanency Values Training.
Other developments focused on young adults include:
- DCF's Campus Coach Coordinator program for boosting postsecondary access, student retention, academic performance, and graduation rates for youth formerly in foster care
- DCF's support of the Independent Living Services Advisory Council
- DCF's commitment to help youth up to age 26 access health-care benefits under the Affordable Care Act
- Working with the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity to use the Florida Education and Training Placement Information Program on behalf of older youth in foster care
The report concludes that DCF's new service methodologies have benefitted this population, noting that enrollment in postsecondary education is rising and that over half the youth who have reached age 18 have elected to remain in extended foster care.
The report is available at http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/indliving/docs/Updated%20Final%202014%20IL%20Oversight%20Report%20%283%29_3_25_15.pdf (131 KB).