This paper addresses the need for improved transition planning with adolescents getting ready to leave foster care and strike out on their own. Its focus is not on the event, but the physical, emotional, developmental and psychological process the youth encounters and how agencies can help. 

June 26, 2010

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    Why transition planning is necessary.

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    The history of foster care legislation and independent living services.

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    Who should be involved in a youth’s transition from foster care.

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    How to help a kid leave care with a self-determined attitude.

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    Why permanency in childhood is so important to adult success.

Key Takeaway

Even the best laid plans need a personal touch

Transitioning a child from foster care to adult self-sufficiency takes emotional, organizational, physical and developmental support for the youth. But more importantly, the transition plan needs clear lines of action and accountability. It requires families, youth systems and the community to be responsible for following through on commitments. Any well-laid plan is ineffective if it isn’t carried through. 

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