There are so many things to know and understand before you leave the foster care system. In this section of the Guardian ad Litem website you can find the information you need. There are worksheets that tell you what needs to happen and when, information about scholarships, banking skills, food banks, medical and insurance information, parenting and day care resources, information about how to get a job, how to find housing that fits your budget and support groups that are out there to help you. Above you will find links to help you with life skills, employment, transportation, housing, education, scholarships and frequently asked questions. Below you will find videos about "aging out" of the foster care system.
A Guide to Florida Dependency Court: A video for youth ages 12 to 18 that explains what happens in Florida dependency court and encourages youth to participate in hearings.
Aging Out: What happens when you’ve grown up in foster care and suddenly you’re on your own? This documentary film was broadcast nationwide on PBS in May 2005 and can be viewed on the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative website.(Video)
Nightline Online: After Foster Care (Video)
FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions for Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood. Prepared by Florida's Children First, Inc. You can visit their website at FloridasChildrenFirst.org
Hearing Your Voice: A Guide to Your Dependency Court Case, ABA Bar-Youth Empowerment Project with Florida's Children First, Inc. (2008)