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2016 independent living training of trainers


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2016 independent living training of trainers

  1. 1. Independent Living: Training of Trainers
  2. 2. Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now We bring together the voices of foster care youth, alumni and allies, to create lasting change and generate hope for current and former foster youth, based on access to resources, ally support and alumni expertise.
  3. 3. Today’s Agenda 1.) Welcome and Purpose of the Day 2.) OAC and Independent Living Services 3.) Life Skills Assessment 4.) Exit Plan (including vital documents) 5.) Permanency Pact 6.) Statewide and Local Resources 7.) Hands-on Activities 8.) Next Steps to Move Forward
  4. 4. Transition to Young Adulthood for a young person growing up with their biological family
  5. 5. Challenges faced by a young person who “ages out” of foster care
  6. 6. Handout: Ohio Administrative Code: Requirements for the provision of independent living services…
  7. 7. Handout: Sample Life Skills Assessment
  8. 8. What’s an Exit Plan? *a.k.a. • “Discharge/Case-Closing Plan” • “Self-Sufficiency/Emancipation Plan” • “Transition Plan” • “Personalized Transition Plan”
  9. 9. Federal Legislation Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 Title II, Section 202 • Mandates that 90 days prior to emancipation from foster care, “a caseworker on the staff of the State agency, and, as appropriate, other representatives of the child provide the child with assistance and support in developing a transition plan that is personalized at the direction of the child, includes specific options on housing, health insurance, education, local opportunities for mentors and continuing support services, and work force supports and employment services, and is as detailed as the child may elect.”
  10. 10. Ohio Administrative Code • Ninety days prior to the youth’s emancipation from the agency’s custody, the PCSA or PCPA shall work with the youth to develop a final transition plan. • The plan shall be youth-driven and as detailed as the youth chooses.
  11. 11. Vital Documents: Prior to the youth’s emancipation from the agency’s custody, the PCSA or PCPA shall coordinate with the following agencies, to obtain necessary documents: • an original birth certificate • an original social security card • a current state identification card *OAC 5101:2-42-19: “Requirements for the provision of independent living services to youth in custody”
  12. 12. Essential Elements: • Post-Emancipation Services (if available) • Healthcare; insurance, power of attorney • Higher Ed; secondary, post-secondary • Housing; obtaining, paying for • Budgeting; credit report • Selective Services (males must register) • Existing Court Fees (preexisting) • Existing Benefits; i.e. Social Security
  13. 13. Life As A Juggling Act
  14. 14. Who are or were the top three people in your personal Safety Net and why?
  15. 15. Copyright Lisa Dickson
  16. 16. Permanency Pact:
  17. 17. What exactly 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 adult(s). • A home for the holidays • A place to do laundry • An emergency place to stay • Care packages while in college • Storage • Someone to discuss problems with • A phone or computer to use
  18. 18. B-E-G-I-N
  19. 19. “Name That Logo”
  20. 20. Handout: Sample Hands-on Activities Teens learn by doing