There are many things that need to happen to make sure you have everything you need while in care, and when you are ready to leave foster care. Below you will find what must be done depending on how old you are. There are also worksheets you can use to write and think about what you want to tell your service worker, your guardian ad litem, caregiver, school, and attorney ad litem (if you have one).
When you are 13 but not yet 15 Florida’s Independent Living Program requires that assessments to determine what you need, and the services you need, begin to be provided when you turn 13. This includes such things as educational and career planning, life skills services and a written plan for "normalcy.".
When you are 15 - 16 You will attend meetings called staffings, every 6 months. You will look at your educational plan, independent living skills, discuss mentors and activities you want to participate in with your service worker. guidelines and worksheets to be sure you are prepared.
When you are 17 There are a number of things that should be accomplished in this very important time. When you click on the link, you will find explanations and worksheets about what you should be receiving and how you should be planning for your future.
Information for Former Foster Youth Young adults between the ages of 18 and 23, who have aged out of the foster care system (i.e., were in foster care or subsidized independent living on their 18th birthday) have access to certain independent living programs offered by the department. There are three Independent Living programs for former foster youth: the Road to Independence Program; transitional support services; and after-care support services.