• June 2012
  • Vol. 13, No. 5

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Talking With Caring Adults

The California Department of Social Services has created two conversation guides to accompany a series of four videos about aging out of the foster care system: Talking With Caring Adults: A Conversation Guide for Foster Youth and Talking With Emerging Adults: A Conversation Guide for Caregivers, Social Workers, Probation Officers, Attorneys and CASAs. The videos and guides are a part of the After 18 campaign, aimed at explaining new Fostering Connections legislation to youth in foster care who are about to turn 18 and may age out of the foster care system.

In 2010, the California Fostering Connections to Success Act was signed in to law, allowing foster youth to remain in the system until the age of 20. This new law will allow foster youth to continue to receive support by giving them extra time to work on their education or employment goals and build relationships with trusting adults.

In order to help youth and their caregivers make informed decisions about options, the After 18 campaign created four videos to explain the new legislation and the choices that come with it. The four videos are titled Overview, Probation, Placement, and Eligibility and are available on YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/user/After18CA/videos

After watching the videos, foster youth and their caregivers are encouraged to follow the talking points in the corresponding guides to help direct conversation toward important questions and topics prior to making any decisions.

Talking With Caring Adults: A Conversation Guide for Foster Youth is available on the FosteringConnections.org website:

http://www.fosteringconnections.org/tools/assets/files/Youth-GuideFINAL3-12.pdf (160 KB)

Talking With Emerging Adults: A Conversation Guide for Caregivers, Social Workers, Probation Officers, Attorneys and CASAs is also available on the FosteringConnections.org website:

http://www.fosteringconnections.org/tools/assets/files/CaregiverGuideFINAL3-12.pdf -(153 KB)
 

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