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Department of Education Releases New Foster Care Transition Tool Kit

Posted on 07/11/2016

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The U.S. Department of Education, in partnership with the departments of Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Transportation, and Labor, recently released External link opens in new window or tab the Foster Care Transition Toolkit External link opens in new window or tab to support current and former foster youths who want to pursue college and career opportunities. The tool kit incorporates input from practitioners and current and former foster youths, and includes tips and resources to aid foster youths as they transition into adulthood. It also serves as a resource for caseworkers, care givers, teachers, and mentors who serve foster youths.

There are currently over 400,000 children and youths in America’s foster care system, and every year more than 23,000 of them age out of the system without ever having a permanent home. Many of these youths lack the structures and supports to access and navigate the many emotional, educational and skills barriers ahead of them.

The Department of Education has long recognized that a high-quality education can help foster youths achieve life success despite past experiences with abuse, neglect, separation, and other barriers. This tool kit aims to help both youths in foster care and those who have aged out of the system successfully move into adulthood, continue to postsecondary education, and set out on a fulfilling career.

The tool kit includes information on

  • financial aid and money management
  • mentoring opportunities
  • job and career support
  • health care resources
  • transportation options
  • housing and food benefits

The toolkit will be distributed through social media, foster care groups, advocates, teachers, school counselors and other stakeholders.

Source: Issue 249 OCTAE Connection - June 30, 2016 External link opens in new window or tab