Illinois, in collaboration with the Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center, will develop a Life Skills Coaching Program that will prepare children and youth between the ages of six and twenty for successful transition into adult self-sufficiency. The focus of this program will shift the paradigm of training only youth in care beginning at age 14 to additionally targeting caregivers (i.e., foster parents, relatives, group home staff) to learn how to provide developmentally appropriate life skills to children in their care within their home environment beginning at age 5. Read more.
The Fostering Connections Resource Center gratefully acknowledges the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators for providing these summaries of state approaches. Please visit NAPCWA for the complete implementation summary.