Engaging young people in all aspects of permanency planning and helping them maintain meaningful connections with family and other support systems while in out-of-home care supports the development of leadership skills, improves self-esteem, and helps form critical social connections.
A strong support system of professionals and family can help young people address the challenges they face during their transition to adulthood. Virtual engagement tools can be used to establish and maintain that support system by enhancing connectedness for all involved.
Meaningful and appropriate involvement of youth in their court hearings and case planning greatly benefits all participants and leads to more favorable outcomes for families.
Click over to the National Foster Care Month “stories” page and read excellent accounts of how giving a child a voice can mean positive change for all.