|Starting at age 14, youth in foster care must
begin preparation for Independent Living.
| The youth must participate in
the case service plan and accept responsibility for the implementation
with the assistance of identified individuals.
| The service plan must contain a written
description of the programs and services which will help the youth
prepare for transition to independence or outline his/her ability
to take care of his/her self physically, socially, economically, and
| Foster care parents are responsible
for and need to assist the youth in learning or seeking independent
living skills such as:
- Daily living skills.
- Preventive health services.
- Obtaining high school diploma, vocational training,
and post-secondary education.
- Career exploration, job training, job placement,
and job retention.
- Parenting skills.
- Money management and budgeting.
- Provision of personal and emotional support for
you when you are aging out of foster care, including use of mentors
and other dedicated adults.
- Locating a suitable living arrangement after
| When the youth becomes eligible for an Independent
Living stipend, an Independent Living Agreement must be developed
with the youth's participation and signature, and the youth
must be given a copy of the agreement.
| When the youth's foster care case is closed the
foster care worker must give the youth a copy of the Aftercare
Services pamphlet (PUB 858).