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Helping Your Child Transition into Adulthood

LifeSpan Family Services of PA recognizes the importance of a legitimate introduction into adulthood. Because of this, we support the federal government's push to allow for ongoing support up until age 21. We also encourage our foster parents to accept that, even though almost every foster child can't wait until they become 18, it is our job to encourage children throughout their lives. Our organization supports you as you help prepare your foster kids for adulthood. Working together, we can:

• Provide Reassurance to the Children That They Do Not Need to "Hit the Street" When They Are 18
• Encourage the Children to Seek Educational Pursuits, Such as College, Technical or Trade Schools, & Community Colleges
• Provide the Availability for a Budgeting Class for Each Child upon Age 16 at Their Request, to Learn Basic Financial Skills & Provide Them with Awareness to the Cost of Living Alone
• Launch Your Foster Children into Their Future & We Should Continue Providing a Home & Family Support for Their Efforts
• Seek Mentors for Your Child to Build Awareness & the Abilities Needed to Become Truly Independent in a Successful Way


Mother and Kids on a Grass

Staying Connected

Our Punxsutawney and DuBois, Pennsylvania, teams also encourage anyone providing care for a child to be willing to allow their home to be a permanent family home. This includes holiday returns, school breaks, and other family gatherings. Family connections are needed the most, and our foster parents are strongly encouraged to expect to provide a permanent family connection with their older foster children.

The Transition Period

You don't have to be a foster parent long to hear the children declare what they are going to do when they turn the magic age of 18. It is this time of transition where impulsive decisions impact the rest of their lives. Often, their lack of preparation and awareness of running a household and truly becoming independent result in poor decision-making. This often leads to arrest.

Historically, foster children have been left alone during this awkward time. They have a natural desire to be independent, but lack the support to be successful.


The Importance of Support

Recent studies have shown that non-foster children are often home until age 22. For four years, they receive additional support from their family of origin and are able to save money, gather resources, feel supported by their parents, and have more opportunity to gain an education or trade.

Realization

Children that have not been in the system do not truly become independent until age 22 or later. Does it not stand to reason that foster children would need extra time due to their lack of proper preparation?

"Children should not be thrown to the big bad world without having a family to help them be successful on their journey to adulthood."
Patrick S.