More useful links – Resources for Foster Youth:
Child Welfare Professionals
Casey Family Programs
Providing Effective Financial Assistance to Foster Care & Unaccompanied Homeless Youth – Tips from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office
The Florida Senate:
2011 Florida Statues – 409.1451 – Independent living transition services
Foster Care to Success –
America’s College Fund for Foster Youth:
State Voucher Information:
(in and outside of the state of Florida)
Southwest Key Program, Inc.
Voices of Youth
National Independent Living Association (NILA)
NILA champions youth and young adults ensuring their successful transition into adulthood and self-sufficiency.
Florida’s Children First
Frequently Asked Questions for Foster Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
This FCF publication answers the most commonly asked questions asked by teens as they figure out their transition to adulthood.
On Your Own, But Not Alone: A Handbook to Empower Florida Youth Leaving Foster Care
Foster Care Alumni of America
We would like to acknowledge the following organizations and individuals for their contributions to this Web site:
Orange County Schools, School Court Liaison, Shirley Johnson-Delgado
The Guidance Counselors/ SAFE Coordinators in our community schools
Department of Children and Families
Family Services of Metro Orlando (FSMO)
Gerry F. Glynn – Associate Professor at Barry University School of Law – Independent Living and New Legislation – Excerpts from Florida Statutes – at the Orange County Dependency Court Improvement Summit February 3, 2006.
Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida
Youth who “Age Out” of Foster Care: Troubled Lives, Troubling Prospects by Richard Werthheimer, PhD – December 2002 – Child Trends Research Brief.
Network on Transitions to Adulthood Policy Brief – MacArthur Foundation Research Network – October 2004, On the Frontier of Adulthood: Emerging Themes and New Directions – Frank F. Furstenberg, Jr., Ruben G Rumbaut and Richard A. Settersten, Jr.
Florida Department of Education
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation – FDIC Money Smart
Inside Higher Ed – Dec 15, 2006 – Fostering Higher Education Success – Rob Capriccioso
The National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) – Report: Foster Youth Among Most Disadvantaged for Higher Education Opportunity – Dec 15th 2005. Higher Education Opportunities for Foster Youth – A Primer for Policy Makers – Thomas R. Wolanin – The Institute for Higher Education Policy.
The U.S. Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics
City of Life Education – Denise Hogan
City of Life is a 501(c)3 corporation made up of a volunteer board and one full-time employee interested in making a positive difference in the lives of young people, especially foster youth, age 16 and older as they make transition to adulthood. The Foundation works with existing community resources to build a self-sustaining program that provides jobs and structure for at-risk youth with a particular focus on foster care youth that “age out” of the system. The City of Life Foundation is creating and sponsoring programs to enable these children to transition either into the job market, into further education and training, or into the military service.
EHAP Inc, “Off the Court” – Veraunda I. Jackson
Judge Maura T Smith, John Cooper, Michelle Akins, Jill Hamilton who with others, put together the Orange County Dependency Court Improvement Summit on February 3, 2006.
Sara Timinsky – CEP Epals – Mentoring Program
Dr. Mary Van Hook, Director/Professor – School of Social Work – University of Central Florida
Eugene Manselle III, Coordinator, Computer Applications – Office of Student Financial Assistance – University of Central Florida