Family Foster Care and Kinship Care (CA-FKC) 15: Transition to Adulthood
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PurposeChildren in Family Foster Care and Kinship Care live in safe, stable, nurturing, and often temporary family settings that best provide the continuity of care to preserve relationships, promote well-being, and ensure permanency.
- Minor inconsistencies and not yet fully developed practices are noted; however, these do not significantly impact service quality; or
- Procedures need strengthening; or
- With few exceptions, procedures are understood by staff and are being used; or
- For the most part, established timeframes are met; or
- Proper documentation is the norm and any issues with individual staff members are being addressed through performance evaluations and training; or
- Active client participation occurs to a considerable extent.
- Procedures and/or case record documentation need significant strengthening; or
- Procedures are not well-understood or used appropriately; or
- Timeframes are often missed; or
- Several client records are missing important information; or
- Client participation is inconsistent.
- No written procedures, or procedures are clearly inadequate or not being used; or
- Documentation is routinely incomplete and/or missing.
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Preparation for adulthood begins well in advance of a youth’s transition and:
- ensures maximum youth participation in all aspects of exploring and planning for the future;
- includes adults and peers important to the youth; and
- involves collaboration and coordination among all service providers.
InterpretationFor youth who will be transitioning into adult systems of care, planning meetings and discussions should include providers from the adult-serving systems that will be working with the youth. This is especially critical for youth with developmental disabilities or mental health needs.
- their family relationships, including the family’s readiness for healthy participation in the youth’s life;
- relationships with supportive peers and adults, including involved adults’ commitment to the youth;
- strategies for coping with and healing from stress and trauma associated with grief and life transitions;
- the range of housing options available to them as well as the risks and benefits of different housing options;
- their academic needs and interests and available educational paths; and
- their work interests and skill sets, as well as different interests, career paths, and employment supports.
- educational and vocational development;
- interpersonal skills;
- financial management;
- household management; and
InterpretationThe first assessment should be completed as soon as possible after children’s 14th birthdays to establish a benchmark for measuring progress in identified areas. Systematic assessment normally reoccurs at 6- or 12-month intervals.
- strong, consistent relationships with committed, caring adults;
- access to cultural and community supports; and
- connections to positive peer support.
Examples: The organization can facilitate continued connection between youth and their former resource families, who can offer youth valuable, lasting support even if legal permanency was not achieved.
- an identification card or driver's license, when the ability to drive is a goal;
- a social insurance number;
- a resume describing their work experience and career development;
- an original copy of their birth certificate;
- bank account access documents;
- religious documents and information;
- documentation of immigration or refugee history and status;
- death certificates if parents are deceased;
- a life book or a compilation of personal history and photographs;
- a list of known relatives, with relationships, addresses, telephone numbers, and permissions for contacting involved parties;
- information about places they have lived (previous placement information);
- educational records, such as high school diploma or general equivalency diploma, and a list of schools attended; and
- health and mental health records, including the names and addresses of youths’ doctors, as well as information regarding any special needs and appropriate treatment, including medication, as applicable.
InterpretationIn a developmentally appropriate manner, every youth turning 18 should be engaged in a conversation, documented in the case record, that explores and determines the mutual expectations and responsibilities of the living arrangement now that they are not a minor.
- housing and transportation;
- education and academic support;
- employment and workforce support;
- finances/income, including public assistance when available;
- physical and behavioural healthcare, including needed medical, dental, mental health, and substance use treatment;
- transitioning to adult systems of care for mental health or developmental disabilities, when applicable;
- services and supports available to youth who were in foster care for education and independent living activities;
- social, peer, cultural, and community supports, including support or mentoring available through community volunteers or individuals who have made a successful transition;
- legal rights and requirements regarding consent to remain in care beyond the age of 18, if applicable; and
- how to contact the organization and what supports the organization can offer after case closing, including information regarding voluntary return to care, as appropriate.
Interpretation In regards to element (f), when youth have developmental disabilities or mental health needs it is essential for the organization to collaborate with adult systems of care in these areas. Planning meetings should include representatives from the adult-serving systems that will be working with youth, and the organization should partner with the providers to facilitate access to services.
Interpretation Transition planning for youth in treatment foster care should address self-care, medication schedules, and how to recognize symptoms that require medical or clinical attention.