How the local community can help
emancipating foster youth
Foster Care Alumni of America’s
“Culture of Foster Care”
- Annual FCAA Ohio Regional Thanksgivings
- Pay It Forward: Baby Clothing Program
- Raffle Prizes for joint Ohio Reach and
Connecting the Dots conference
- Suits for Success
- Serving as a mentor
Copyright Lisa Dickson
Adding to a young person’s
Circle of Support:
can I rely on you for?
It is critical to the youth’s success to identify those adults
who will continue to provide various supports through and
beyond the transition from care.
Clarifying exactly what the various supports will include
can help to avoid gaps in the youth’s safety net and
misunderstandings between the youth and the supportive
• A home for the holidays
• A place to do laundry
• An emergency place to stay
• Care packages while in college
• Someone to discuss problems with
• A phone or computer to use
Youth in Residential Placements
Recommendations from the Franklin County YAB:
• Staff at residential facilities should be trauma-
informed, and skilled to assist youth in dealing with
• Youth who are placed in residential facilities should
be informed of their personal rights, and who to
contact if they feel physically unsafe.
• Residential facilities should separate youth who are
suicidal from youth who are physically violent.
• Residential facilities should provide a distinction
between tweens (ages 12-14) with teens (ages 15-
17). Their developmental needs are different.
• Current residential policies be reviewed with input
from current and/or former foster youth, including
their policies on seclusion, staff training and
independent living preparation.