Transitioning From Care: A Guide for Caregivers [Alberta].
Alberta Association of Services for Children and Families. Alberta Foster Parent Association.
Book International Resource
Published: May 2014
Intended for caregivers of foster youth transitioning from care in Alberta, Canada, this booklet begins by explaining the challenges faced by foster youth as they age out of care and the fear they have approaching transition. It then shares survey findings that demonstrate foster and kinship families have a very strong commitment with the youth they care for and want to help them through the transition process. Considerations for determining whether independence is the goal for the youth are discussed, as well as necessary assessments. The following section of the booklet explains Transition to Independence Plans, common traits of successful transition programs, strategies for managing cultural diversity, legislation and policy related to transition, and adult services that are available to foster youth aging out of foster care. The next section discusses steps caregivers should take to prepare youth for transition throughout their lives and create a communi-care circle to support youth. The Like Skills Assessment is then presented that is designed to be completed by the youth together with the caregiver to help in the completion of the Transition to Independence Plan. Step by step instructions are given for completing the Like Skills Assessment. The assessment addresses the following areas: income, budgeting, bank accounts, credit, trust funds, housing, employment, education and training, relationships, transportation, cooking, household tasks, health and sexuality, hygiene and diet, and drugs and alcohol. Resources are provided for each area. 7 references.
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living; independent living skills; assessment; foster parents; Alberta; Canada