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Working with Older Youth

Preparing older youth for their transition to independence is a National CASA strategic plan priority. Through initiatives including our Fostering Futures program, we help volunteers better support this population.

We offer the following resources to help child welfare advocates work with older youth in care.

Publications - National CASA

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Websites and Publications

  • Adolescent Directory On-Line
    This electronic guide provides information regarding adolescent issues and secondary education.
  • Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
    An independent policy research center whose mission is to build knowledge that improves policies and programs for children and youth, families and their communities.
  • Children's Bureau Express- Spotlight on Youth
    Includes a series of tip sheets for youth and advice from youth.
  • Forever Families: Improving Outcomes by Achieving Permanency for Legal Orphans
    This technical assistance bulletin from the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges offers judicial practice recommendations to achieve permanency and improve outcomes for legal orphans.
  • Foster Care Alumni of America
    FCAA in a national nonprofit founded and led by alumni of the foster care system.  Their mission is to connect youth with the alumni community and to transform foster care policy and practice. Resources offered include Flux training, created by alumni to help youth in care prepare to transition to independent living.
  • Fostering Connections Resource Center
    Assists states and tribes in properly implementing the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.
  • "Helping Young People in Foster Care Through the Holidays" (2.6 MB PDF) FosterClub
  • Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative
    Helps communities assist older youth in care in making successful transitions to adulthood. Connects youth to the people and resources needed for permanence, education, employment, housing and healthcare as well as supportive community and personal relationships. Their Opportunity Passport trains youth in money matters and matches savings.
  • National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections
    The new Kinship/Guardianship web page of the Fostering Connections section of the NRCPFC website provides a variety of resources, organized into the following sections: Promising Practices and Policies from States and Tribes; T/TA & Web Based Resources from NRCs, Children’s Bureau, and the T/TA Network; Resources from Collaborating Organizations; and, Evidence Based Practice, Research and Reports.
  • National Resource Center for Youth Development
    NRCYD works with states and tribes to implement all of the requirements of the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999.
  • Permanence for Young People
    This report is intended to guide child welfare professionals in helping young people achieve and maintain permanent family relationships.
  • Youth and Credit: Protecting the Credit of Youth in Foster Care
    This guide provides advice on the best way for caseworkers and other adults to comply with the federal law requiring child welfare agencies to request an annual credit report for youth in foster care starting at age 16 and until they leave the child welfare system—and to help young people resolve any issues that come up in those credit report checks. Provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.

Resources by Topic for Older Youth Themselves

In addition to the topics below, see Volunteer Resource Library.

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