Foster Youth Development
Transitioning to Adulthood: Prospective Students – The Journey
More than 500,000 children in America live in foster care. This foster youth population needs our attention in order to help provide guidance for these young people to develop and accomplish their life goals. Helping these young people attain their post secondary educational goals is our greatest wish.
Research suggests that without extended support most families provide young people in transition to adulthood, youth foster care face enormous challenges in building successfully lives. Helping these young people overcome a potentially troubled background remains a pressing concern.
We hope this Web site will be a help to the foster youth in our community. We gratefully acknowledge the wonderful professionals who take care of our foster youth within the system in the State of Florida and to the child advocates working each day to make our foster youth strong and successful. We also appreciate the Guidance Counselors and SAFE Coordinators in our community elementary, middle and high schools that work hard each day to make a difference in children’s lives.
Preparing for entering Post-Secondary School – After Care Services
For ages 18 and not yet 23 years of age, after care support services are available to assist young adults formally in foster care so they will continue to develop skills necessary for independent living.
The Road to Independence Program for Florida residents helps former foster children (certain specifications) to receive educational and vocational training needed to achieve independent living. The amount of the award shall be based on the living and educational needs of the youth.
The initial application for the Road to Independence Program needs to occur during the six months preceding the foster youth’s 18th birthday and if certain criteria are met, another chance before the applicant reaches their 21st birthday. This program requires full time enrollment and academic progress made at the institution.
A young adult formally in foster care is eligible to apply for transitional support services depending on specific criteria. One is urged to access the specifics from your foster care providers.
Students in Unique Situations:
Tips for Completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)