• February 2014
  • Vol. 15, No. 2

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Transitioning Youth With Disabilities

Youth with disabilities face additional challenges as they transition from the child welfare system to independent living. Compared to their peers, this population is at increased risk for poor outcomes and need high-quality programs and services to help them live independently and safely.
Three guides from the Juvenile Law Center are designed to provide professionals with a framework for supporting youth with disabilities and are transitioning out of care.

A Guide for Professionals for Youth with Disabilities Transition Planning focuses on the following key topics:

  • Available treatment services and resources for youth in the child welfare system
  • Strategies to improve access to health care benefits and programs that match youth needs
  • Requirements under State and Federal laws and eligibility criteria

Planning Tool and Protocol for Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities from the Child Welfare System to Adulthood is structured as a companion to the Professional guide and outlines specific action steps for child welfare workers, including:

  • Optimizing the transition process
  • Youth engagement in decision-making
  • Health care and financial assistance

Transition Planning for Youth with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System: A Guide for Youth offers an overview of the transition planning process. Each section explores a range of topics, including:

  • Family and permanency options
  • Obtaining Independent Living services
  • Meeting health care, educational, and housing needs
  • Accessing supplementary security income before and after transition

The series of guides is available on the Juvenile Law Center website:


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