Emergency Planning with Transition Age Youth in California’s Foster Care System: A Checklist for Dependency Attorneys, Youth Providers, and Advocates. Updated June 4, 2020.
Youth Law Center.
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Published: June 4, 2020
Youth Law Center
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San Francisco, CA 94107
This paper presents a checklist designed to be used by dependency attorneys, youth providers, and child advocates for creating an emergency plan for young adults in foster care in California. 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 food security, foster care, healthcare and mental health, housing, income and employment, parenting needs, education and training, staying connected to activities and people, and access to technology, devices, and utilities. The checklist closes with an emergency contact list template that can be completed with youth to help ensure their awareness of and access to vital support resources.
foster adolescents; COVID-19; communicable diseases; state disaster response; California; child advocacy; planning; housing; education; aging out; independent living; EMERGENCY HEALTH SERVICES