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Foster Care Transition Toolkit Offers Tips for Helping Foster Youth Succeed as Adults

by Ernie Melcher

The U.S. Department of Education recently released a new toolkit to inspire and support current and former foster youth pursuing college and career opportunities. The Foster Care Transition Toolkit includes tips and resources intended to help foster youth access and navigate social, emotional, educational and skills barriers as they transition into adulthood.
Currently, there are over 400,000 children and youth in America’s foster care system and every year, more than 23,000 youth age out of the system, never having found the security of a permanent home.
The toolkit is aimed at helping youth 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 career with personal fulfillment. Readers will find advice on:
• Financial aid and money management.
• Mentoring opportunities.
• Job and career support.
• Health care resources.
• Transportation options. And,
• Housing and food benefits.
While the toolkit is written for foster youth, it’s also meant to be a resource for caseworkers, care givers, teachers and mentors to help foster youth realize their dreams. The toolkit will be distributed through social media, foster care groups, advocates, teachers, school counselors and other stakeholders.

More information on the Foster Care Transition Toolkit is available at http://www.ed.gov/news/press-releases/new-foster-care-transition-toolkit-offers-tips-helping-foster-youth-succeed-adults

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