Published on July 7th, 2016 | by abarries

Foster Care Transition Toolkit

The National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE) operates the U.S. Department of Education’s technical assistance and information center for the federal Education for Homeless Children and Youth (EHCY) Program. NCHE is based at The SERVE Center at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). NCHE hosts this moderated Homeless Education Listserv to allow administrators, educators, advocates, and service providers not affiliated with NCHE to share information and ideas on meeting the educational needs of children and youth experiencing homelessness. NCHE also uses this listserv to communicate with the field. The ideas on this listserv do not necessarily reflect the views of NCHE, The SERVE Center, UNCG, or the U.S. Department of Education. ALL LOBBYING ACTIVITIES ARE STRICTLY FORBIDDEN.

Good afternoon, colleagues:

Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Education released its Foster Care Transition Toolkit, a new resource aimed at providing useful supports for foster youth pursuing college and career opportunities. While geared towards foster youth, many of the resources are equally appropriate for homeless youth, as foster and homeless youth often face similar challenges when transitioning to college and career opportunities.

While the toolkit covers a variety of topics, its Securing Housing chapter may be particularly valuable for college students at-risk of or experiencing homelessness. Other chapters include:

  • Transition Planning: Take Charge of Your Future
  • Accessing Educational Opportunities
  • Finding Job and Career Support
  • Managing Your Money
  • Obtaining Essential Documents
  • Building a Support Network
  • Securing Housing
  • Taking Care of Your Physical and Mental Health
  • Getting Where You Need to Go

The Foster Care Transition Toolkit is available for downloading at http://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/foster-care/youth-transition-toolkit.pdf.

Best regards,

Christina Dukes, Federal Liaison

National Center for Homeless Education (NCHE)

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