Foster Care Transition Toolkit.
United States Department of Education.
Information Packet or Sheet
Published: May 26, 2016
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue SW
Washington, DC 20202
Intended for foster youth and for caring and supportive adults, this toolkit is designed to inspire and support youth currently in foster care and young adults who have aged out of care to pursue college and career opportunities. It is explained that as students prepare to transition to adult life, it’s important to be prepared to independently make decisions, advocate for personal needs, manage financial or health concerns as well as secure housing and transportation. These systems are difficult to navigate alone. Recognizing that these systems may be challenging and that the transition from foster care can be confusing, this toolkit includes tips and resources to help youth and young adults tackle social, emotional, educational, skills and resource barriers. Information is provided on: transition planning and age out policies in different States, accessing educational opportunities and financial aid, finding job and career support, building credit and managing money, obtaining essential documents, building a support network, taking care of physical and mental health, and transportation options.
foster adolescents; aging out; independent living skills; independent living; housing; postsecondary education; financial assistance; employment; mental health services