Child Development Topics: Transitional Age Youth

Title IV-E Program offers free training to San Francisco Human Services Agency staff who work with youth in foster care, group home staff, foster family agency staff, and foster parents in San Francisco.  

Most classes can be offered at an agency’s site on weekdays, evenings, or Saturdays with a minimum of 8 guaranteed participants attending the training.  Agencies can select topics that are currently offered or request new workshops.  Our faculty can customize workshops that fit your agency's needs.

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Discharge & Emancipation:  Aging Out and On Their Own
Unfortunately, more youth are leaving Foster Care without a permanent family. Discuss issues facing youth in foster care aging out and being on their own. Examine permanency components and what can be done to create and develop the transitional skills that youth can use to build a stable and supportive environment upon discharge and emancipation from the foster care system. Permanency is the result of a committed adult understanding a youth’s need to be a participant in finding a permanent connection that provides more than housing until emancipation

Transition and Permanency Planning for Older Youth      
Study issues impacting foster youth in their transition to adulthood and examine approaches and resources for helping youth in foster care achieve successful transition outcomes. Learn how to set goals, parameters, and expectations for behaviors that reflect youth input and mutually agreed-upon definitions of success. Focus on the importance of obtaining the foster youth’s perspective on past, present, and future life experiences and goals. Explore the importance of providing youth the opportunity to acquire life skills through practice and accept mistakes as learning experiences rather than failures.

Transition to Adulthood for Youth in Foster Care

Youth in group homes and foster care have substantial issues and needs in making a successful transition to adulthood. Explore an overview of the current transition outcomes and barriers for foster youth, elements of successful transition (including adult support, education, employment, independent living skills, housing and health care), along with resources and approaches for group homes, foster parents, and service providers to support youth during their transition.

Transition to Adulthood and Extended Care  
Child welfare and youth in the juvenile justice system face extensive challenges in making a successful transition to adulthood. Explore an overview of the transition to adulthood for all people in our society between the ages of 16 and 24. Discuss: the current transition outcome data for child welfare and youth in the juvenile justice system; the challenges they face; the impact of extended care in supporting young adults in achieving independence; how to work effectively with youth and young adults to help them make a positive transition to independence; placements, services, young adult progress and initial outcomes in extended care; transition service needs including post-secondary education, family and permanency supports, employment; and mental health. Examine available housing options including how to determine appropriate housing and move young adults to permanent homes.  Review information on AB 12/AB 212/AB 1712.   Practice transition assessments and planning with youth and young adults. Obtain transition resources for young adults.