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  • WV Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
  • WV Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
  • WV Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
  • Chafee presentation youth transitioning 2011

    1. 1. West Virginia Chafee FosterCare Independence Program 1
    2. 2. Purposes To identify children who are likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age and to help these children attain self- sufficiency by providing transitional services.2
    3. 3. Purposes Assist children likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age with the education, training, and services necessary to obtain employment.3
    4. 4. Purposes Assist children likely to remain in foster care until 18 years of age prepare for and enter post- secondary educational and training institutions: Colleges Universities Technical Schools4 Vocational Schools
    5. 5. Purposes Provide personal and emotional support, through mentors and the promotion of interactions with dedicated adults, to children aging out of foster care.5
    6. 6. Purposes Provide transitional services and other appropriate supportive services to children between 18 and 21 years of age to complement their own efforts to achieve self-sufficiency.6
    7. 7. Purposes Make available vouchers for education and training, including post-secondary training and education, to youths who have aged out of foster care.7
    8. 8. Purposes Provide services to youth who leave Foster Care to Guardianship or Adoption at age 16.8
    9. 9. Who, What, When of Chafee• We have regional staff with a territory that covers that entire great state of West Virginia.• What we are has developed from the Independent Living Programs and was solidified by Federal Legislation in 1999.• When should youth access Chafee Services? – At age 14 for Life Skills Assessments & Learning Plans – Through Multidisciplinary Team Meetings as the youth plans their future, & develops transition plans. – When youth are within 6 months of graduating High School or obtaining the GED. 9
    10. 10. Location of Staff State Office, Charleston Cabell Co. Office, Huntington Wood Co. Office, Parkersburg Berkeley Co. Office, Martinsburg Raleigh Co. Office, Beckley Tucker Co. DHHR Grafton 10
    11. 11. Chafee Staff Technical Assistance• Youth in Care – Assist with Life Skills Assessments – Assist with Life Skills Curriculum – MDT Support/Attend/Development of Youth Transition Plans – Consults for Educational Plans/Placements/ Transitional Services 11
    12. 12. Chafee Staff Technical Assistance• Youth in Care • Referrals and Linkages for: – Education Supports – Assessments – Other Transitional Living Services 12
    13. 13. Chafee Staff Assistance• Youth 18+ (In Care and Out of Care) – Case Management for Chafee Array of Services – Employment Guidance/Referrals – Supportive Counseling – Medical Card – Housing Startup Assistance – Linkage to Community Support – Educational Assistance 13
    14. 14. The FC-18The FC-18 is not placing a youth in custody.The FC-18 is a CONTRACT with a youth enrolledin an educational or career program.The FC-18 is for continuing to obtain foster careservices, which includes transitioning services. 14
    15. 15. Chafee Staff Assistance with ETVTo participate in this program youth must meet the following criteria: Youth must be under 21 years old and must have completed your high school diploma or GED Youth must be enrolled in a post secondary educational program/ vocational program/ trade school….. Youth must make progress toward your educational goals and abide by the rules each semester/ reporting period 15
    16. 16. Expectations for All ETV Students Youth must maintain a 2.0 GPA AND an 80% completion rate each semester. If youth fall below this expectation, they may be granted one improvement period and must comply with the conditions set forth in an educational improvement plan for continuation of ETV services/funding. Youth must be in good standing with the rules/regulations of the educational institution. If the educational institution finds youth in violation of their rules/regulations, this may constitute non-compliance with Chafee expectations. 16
    17. 17. Supports for All ETV Students Youth can access tutoring and additional services through the Office of Disability Services. Career Services through the Universities . Youth can use TRIO and Student Support Services. Summer programs offer students the ability to travel, learn and grow as adults. We encourage youth to participate in internships. We provide opportunities for Educational Improvement Periods to get back on track to graduation! 17
    18. 18. Referral Process• Any youth who is in Foster Care, ready to graduate high school or get a GED, 18 years old or will be 18 years old soon should be referred 6 months prior to graduation or date leaving care.• Fill out the referral form: – FAX 304-558-4563, – Email• Referral form is on the website – – Or Google WV Chafee 18
    19. 19. Youth Transitioning Summer Conference Cedar Lakes19
    20. 20. Youth Transitioning Mini-Conferences Around the State20
    21. 21. From Chafee Legislation to the National Youth in Transition Database• Foster Care Independence Act (“Chafee Act”) (1999) – Replaced the Independent Living Program of 1986 – Created the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program – Made provisions for services to youth who had exited care at 18 but were not yet 21 21 21
    22. 22. From Chafee Legislation to the National Youth in Transition Database• The Final Rule from the Federal Government was provided to the States July of 2008• The WV NYTD Team came back from DC and got right to the task of developing the policy, practice and data systems to meet the NYTD Requirements.• WV was selected as one of 9 states to participate in the Pilot Project to test the data systems with the Federal Team.• WV NYTD completed systems and policy requirements and began training across the state: – Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessments – Youth Transitioning Screens in FACTS 22 22
    23. 23. Congratulations• WV received accolades from the Federal Team for having completed their system first!• WV was given the opportunity to participate in the data transfer test phase, and was praised for our data accuracy.• WV statewide implementation of ACLSA Process has been hailed by Casey Foundation as “the right way.” 23 23
    24. 24. “The Right Way” to do Life Skills Assessments• Ansell Casey Life Skills Assessments – Web-based, Current, Easy, FREE – ACLSA replaces Daniel and Phillip Roy• Documentation in FACTS provides accessibility to all staff. 24
    25. 25. ProcessYouth Assessment Caretaker Assessment• Youth takes the • Caretaker(s) take the assessment on-line assessment on-line• Results are provided to: • Matching Score Report – DHHR Worker is generated – Provider • Caretaker Results are – Chafee placed in FACTS File• Results are placed in Cabinet for easy FACTS File Cabinet for retrieval easy retrieval 25
    26. 26. Creation of the Learning Plan• Once the Youth has completed the assessment, a learning plan is created based upon the areas that the Youth wants to work to improve.• The Youth selects from a number of FREE materials /activities.• The Learning Plan is also saved to the FACTS File Cabinet. 26
    27. 27. Youth Perspective Youth VoiceWhat we learned through the Ansell-Caseyimplementation was that youth engagement isthe key to success.The NYTD Project will only be successful withyouth engagement. 27
    28. 28. National Youth in Transition DatabaseNYTD requires that States engage in two data collection &reporting activities on: 1. Each youth who receives independent living services; and 2. The outcomes of youth who are aging out of Foster Care.So that the reporting of demographic, services and outcomesdata is accurate, every worker should document in FACTS,especially the Education Screens, Independent LivingAssessments, Addresses, Phone Numbers and Relationships. 28
    29. 29. Youth Survey in FACTSThe Youth Survey must be completed by the assignedworker for youth at age 17. 29
    30. 30. Youth Survey Follow-up surveys will be completed onyouth at age 19and again at age 21! 30
    31. 31. Don’t ForgetYouth Perspective.Youth Voice.They’ll tell you: 31
    32. 32. Don’t ForgetThe reason for the survey is that right now wedo not know the statistics that can help us arguefor change in Foster Care, Adoption Policy andPermanency. 32
    33. 33. Great Young PeopleI have the ultimate privilege to workwith and get to know great youngpeople.I’m going to introduce some of themto you in a bit, but let me tell youabout a few who couldn’t be here. 33
    34. 34. The Time Is NOW• NYTD Implementation & Compliance began October 1, 2010.• States are required to collect data beginning October 1, 2010, and submitted first report May 15, 2011.• Surveys are due for youth who are 17. 34
    35. 35. We are here to assist! • Chafee Staff can assist • Chafee Staff continue with group assessments. ACLSA training of provider Agencies.35
    36. 36. Thank You• Contact: Toll-Free 1-866-720-3605 The West Virginia Chafee Foster Care Independence Program, 350 Capitol Street, Room 691, Charleston, WV 25301 Fax 304-558-6067 36
    37. 37. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES• Websites helpful for transitioning youth: – Casey Family Programs: – National Resource Center for Youth Development: – It’s My Move: – Foster Care Alumni: – National Child Welfare Resource Center on Legal and Judicial Issues: – – Child Welfare Information Gateway: – Center for Juvenile Justice Reform:
    38. 38. ADDITIONAL RESOURCES• National Governor’s Association publication “The Transition to Adulthood: How States Can Support Older Youth in Foster Care”• “It’s My Life” publication from Casey Family Programs, available at• FLUX: Life After Foster Care Available for order at (703)299 6767 or online at
    39. 39. ADDITIONAL College Foundation of West VirginiaTrue Independence can be ordered from the National Resource Center for Youth Services, University of OK, 4502 E 41st Street Building 4W Tulsa OK 74135-2512 Phone 918- 660-3700 FAX Foster Club National The West Virginia Chafee Foster Care Independence Program