Foster parents can help young people navigate their responsibilities and opportunities as they approach adulthood.
Plan for change
Youth transition conference
Young people in foster care have an opportunity to participate in a youth transition conference. Foster parents may be asked to participate as well.
A youth transition conference is a series of meetings for youth and their circles of support for the purpose of helping them discuss their new responsibilities and opportunities, and to prepare for independent living. Starting at about age 16, youth drive the meetings, with help from a neutral facilitator. Typically, follow up meetings monitor progress, provide accountability and adapt the plan to the youth's changing needs.
This process helps young people:
Develop a vision of their future, instead of seeing only the here and now
Learn how to set goals, accomplish tasks and monitor results
Challenge themselves by trying new things and making their own decisions
Recognize their strengths, capacities and a sense of control over their lives
Develop and stay connected to a network of supportive people
View a video about Youth in Transition Conferencing.
Extended Foster Care
Young people who are in foster care on their 18th birthdays qualify for extended foster care services. They may stay in traditional foster care settings or move to supervised independent living settings.
Find requirements and program information.
Explore other resources for youth
A flexible fund can help young people pay for expenses such as drivers ed, travel to visit relatives, college visits, etc. The SELF program offers many other resources for youth.
Learn more about the SELF Program.
Grants for postsecondary education and training
- Grants are available to foster youth for post-high school education and training
- Grants cover tuition, books, housing, child care, transportation and living expenses
Learn more about the Minnesota Education and Training Voucher Program.