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Supporting Missouri's Older Youth

This presentation will take you through the steps to support older youth in foster care as they transition out of the system.

Tamara Herman

on 10 October 2016

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Transcript of Supporting Missouri's Older Youth

The successful transition to adulthood
Supporting Missouri's Older Youth
Knowledge is Power!
signed into congress as the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, giving federal monies to each state for the purpose of creating programs to support older youth transitioning out of care.
Missouri's Older Youth Program
Eligible if adopted/guardianship over age of 16
What can you do to ensure skill attainment?
Developing our youth
Protecting the credit of our youth
All youth ages 16+ must have credit reports ran on them, every year.
1. Teaching 2. Coaching 3. Connection to services
Education and Success
Supporting youth as they leave care and go out into the world
Exiting Care
Goals of the OYP program:
1. Youth Development
2. Collaboration
3. Cultural Competence
4. Permanent Connections

A. CD-97 Life Skills Strengths and Needs

B. CD-94, FST Guide and Individualized
Action Plan
C. Goals
D. Casey Family Life skills Assessment
(accessed on Casey Life Skills website)
E. CD-93 Referral to Chafee
Independence Program
The State will run reports on all foster care youth ages 16 and 17. You will be notified of any credit activity.
"Healthcare for Former Foster Care Youth "
screen in
General Functions
"A minor cannot legally enter a contract or credit transaction. Therefore, a police report does not have to be made in order to clear a youth's credit. A police report can be made at the discretion of the youth"
Problems with Creditors?
Contact: Steven Toporoff, Federal Trade Commission at 202-326-3135 or stoporoff@ftc.gov
Top 3 credit bureaus:
1. TransUnion
pieces of information
Custody Verification Letter
Chafee Aftercare Services Brochure
ETV Brochure
Mo Healthcare Brochure
CD Re-entry Application and brochure
Consent to Access Administrative data
Healthcare Treatment Decisions handout
Responsible for cleaning rooms
All youth ages 14 and
older, regardless of permanency plan are referred.
National Youth in Transition
Database (NYTD)
Definition: A living arrangement that is truly planned and permanent in nature. "Permanent" is referring to a physical place that is enduring, lasting or stable. “Living Arrangement” includes not only the physical placement of the child, but also the quality of care, supervision, and nurturing the child will receive.
permanency. Permanency is considered a definite legal status involving a specific adult or couple who will be responsible for the young person,
Least preferred permanency option (16 or older)
Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement
54% completed high school
At age 21, 51% of former foster youth had a job
Lack of education
Problems facing youth after foster care
Difficulty accessing healthcare
Teen pregnancies
Substance Abuse
Life on public assistance
Less experienced
Increased risk of being exploited-human trafficking
**Referrals are sent to the OY Transition Specialist
Shout out "hands on" activities a youth can participate in to prepare for life after foster care
Meal Preparation
Mock Interviews
Funding provisions for youth pursuing post secondary education or training programs
Educational Training Voucher (ETV)
Up to $5000 per year, up to age 23
Required equipment
Special Study Projects
1. Missouri Department of Social Services
2. Fostering Connections Resource Center
3. Casey Family Programs, www.casey.org, "Foster care by the numbers", September 2011
4. The U.S. Department of Health and Senior Services, AFCARS Report, Fiscal Year 2012 estimates
6. Fostering Families Today, May/June 2010, Gerstenzang, Sarah
Case Managers are responsible for running credit reports on youth ages 18 and older and if you suspect credit activity on youth ages 16 or younger.
How to Remedy the problem?
Debating legal action?
Contact the Division of Legal Services for consultation.
Aging Out
Training Objectives
Define Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement

Understand and implement components into a good APPLA plan

Understand and navigate through the OYP referral process
Develop activities that support a youth's transition
to adulthood in the areas of vocation/education, life skills and permanent relationships

Support Youth with a solid exit plan when leaving custody

The more hands on learning opportunities given
to youth increases skill attainment and maintenance.
Referral Forms:
"Aging Out" Documentary
What happens when you're too old for Foster Care?
A data collection system used to track the independent living services provided to youth and to develop outcomes that measure a state's success in preparing youth for their transition from foster care to independent living.
If states do not comply with or meet the data standards, they can be penalized between 1-5% of their Chafee allotment!
Individual Expenditures
Original Birth Certificate
Original Social Security Card
Driver's license or ID card
Portfolio and Lifebook
Documentation of tribal eligibility or membership
Previous placement information
List of information on known relatives
Medical Records (e.g. immunizations, current medications)
Educational Records (e.g. diplomas, report cards, IEP, list of schools attended)
Documentation of immigration, citizenship, or naturalization, when applicable
Death certificates of parents

Referral goes to Transition Specialist
who covers area/county of youth's legal
Older Youth Program and Services
Chafee Services
MO Healthnet
Exit Planning
Credit Checks
Permanent Contacts
Placement Options
Chafee Services
Missouri Reach
Placement Options
for Teens
Chafee Aftercare
Healthcare for Former Foster Youth
Coverage available to youth who
were in care 30 days prior to 18th birthday and not yet 26

Provide Name, DOB, and current address
Call 1-800-348-6627 to enroll in an MC+ plan
Enter current address into FACES

TLG- Transitional Living Group Home

TLS- Transitional Living Scattered Sites

TLA-Transitional Living Advocate

ILA-Independent Living Arrangement

Tuition and fees waiver at Mo public colleges and universities for eligible foster youth
Support Services
Education Assistance Job Training
Emergency Funds
Room & Board Assistance*
Youth who left care after the age of 17 and are under the age of 21 can petition the court to come back into care.
Priority is given to:
•youth not otherwise eligible for ETV
•Students adopted from CD after the age of 14.
•Those youth who have at least 60 hours of college credit.

"Healthcare for Former Foster Care Youth "
screen in
General Functions
Chafee services
Financial Assistance
Important docs
Resumes, job interviews & readiness
bank accounts
driver's ed
social (soft) skills
Youth leadership Opportunities
Who's job is it?
Foster Parent?
Permanent Contacts
NYTD Survey
CD 129
Mama S and Papa M- Making APPLA plans Work for Youth!

APPLA Scenario's
Credential Completion and Employment (CCE)
Short-term, targeted assistance program to help youth successfully pursue an education or training pathway that leads to a recognized credential and entry into the workforce.
Eligible youth are currently in care, exited care after age 17.5, or obtained
legal guardianship or adoption after age 14.
• Youth ages 19 – 25 are eligible (the credential must be earned by 26th
• Program participation is limited to 12 months – including pre- and posttraining
time - of comprehensive support and funding that leads to
credential completion.
• The credential must be earned in less than 9 months.
• The maximum award amount is $8,000 over a 12-month period.
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