Youth Transition Services
Franklin County Children Services (FCCS) strives to provide the highest quality of services, counseling and life skills instruction to every young adult aging out of foster care; and to successfully transition each young adult from the care of FCCS to a state of productive independence.
Orientation, Assessment and Case Planning
All youth ages 14 and older under the custody of FCCS are eligible for independent living assessment and planning services. Each youth will work with a provider to complete an independent living assessment and plan to set their independent living plan in motion.
Transitional Living is a generally-supervised living arrangement for youth age 18 years and older who have emancipated from FCCS custody. During the day, youth should be attending school, studying for the GED or working. Staff monitor the activities of the youth and provide:
- Independent living counseling
- Support groups
- Daily living skill development
- Household management
- Job and educational assistance
Full-time staff are on duty 24 hours per day.
In cases where the goal is to enable youth to live independently, staff assist youth in establishing themselves in the community and the neighborhood most suited to their roots, preferences and income level. Even at this stage of independence, staff will continue to check on the youth weekly (as they establish themselves, contacts may be reduced) and provide case management services as needed.
Independent living services include:
- Tutoring assistance
- Senior high school fee assistance
- College tours
- Apartment application assistance
- Rent and utility assistance
- Furniture and housewares
- Bus passes and transportation
- Pre ACT or SAT assistance
- ACT or SAT fee assistance
- College/ university / vocational school application assistance
- College/ university / vocational school dorm setup
- Resource guides
- Aftercare: a time-limited service for youth that have exited the system
Life Skills Training
All youth ages 14 and older under the custody of FCCS are required to participate in life skills training. FCCS offers a 10-week life skills training program three times per year in the fall, winter and spring. Life skills training is designed to provide youth with the necessary skills for independent living. Topics include: money management, establishing a household, job readiness and much more.
Support is also available for those youth who decide to pursue higher education. They can be linked to financial resources for college or vocational training. The agency also has a special mentoring program for college-bound youth. Adults serve as mentors to help prospective students plan for their education and maintain their focus. Ongoing connections like these are vital for these young people who are striving to make it on their own.