Preparing for your transition out of foster care can feel overwhelming. It doesn’t happen overnight – it is a process that often takes years, a lot of support, and a focus on achievable goals.
A Transitional Living Conference (TLC) can be an important part of your transition process. It is an opportunity for you to begin planning for independence and self-sufficiency while still in care. A TLC is a meeting where you can bring important key players in your life to one table to address question and begin to plan, discuss, and develop goals for the future.
Why is it important to plan for the future?
Did you know that in Alameda County, 50% of emancipated youth will be homeless within 6 months of leaving foster care? And that more than 50% of emancipated youth have no job and no way of supporting themselves when they leave care? These statistics are harsh, but with some planning, you can rise above them.
At your TLC, you’ll talk about your goals in several important areas, including housing, employment, education and more. You’ll also begin to make plans for reaching those goals.
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Who attends a TLC?
You, the foster youth, decide whom to invite to your TLC. At a minimum, your Child Welfare Worker and your caregiver(s) ought to attend. You might also consider asking your foster parent, CASA worker, group home counselor, therapist, teachers, or other adults who are important to you, attend the meeting.
In addition, an Emancipation Specialist from Beyond Emancipation and a child welfare supervisor will be there to help facilitate the meeting and provide you with resources and referrals.
When are TLCs held? We recommend that each youth aged 16 or older have at least one TLC before emancipating, but subsequent meetings can be scheduled every six to twelve months.
Scheduling a TLC
To schedule a Transitional Living Conference, speak with your Child Welfare Worker.
Questions? email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Emancipation Support Links
Foster Club: National network for young people in foster care that offers support, skill building, healing opportunities, and emancipation planning tools.
Permanency Pact: A pledge by a supportive adult to provide specific supports to a young person in foster care with a goal of establishing a lifelong, kin-like relationship. Download more information and a sample agreement