Making an Emergency Plan with Transition Age Youth in Foster Care in Philadelphia: A Checklist for Dependency Attorneys, Caseworkers, and Advocates
Youth Law Center.
Information Packet or Sheet
Published: March 2020
Youth Law Center
832 Folsom Street #700
San Francisco, CA 94107
This paper presents a checklist designed to be used by dependency attorneys, caseworkers, and child advocates for creating an emergency plan for young adults in foster care in Philadelphia. It begins by explaining the COVID-19 pandemic has unexpectedly altered the lives of youth in foster care who need support and advocacy and presents particular challenges to transition-age youth who may be in college, living on their own for the first time, starting new jobs, and developing and testing their independent living skills. The role of advocates in reaching out to each of these young people they work with and asking targeted questions to assess their current situation is emphasized. The checklist is then presented and poses questions about current health, meeting ongoing health needs, housing and placements, technology, devices, and internet access, food and basic needs, transportation, parenting needs, education and training, employment, and staying connected to activities and people. The checklist closes with a form for important contact information.
foster adolescents; COVID-19; communicable diseases; state disaster response; Pennsylvania; child advocacy; planning; housing; education; aging out; independent living; EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES