Assessing a youth’s level of functioning is crucial to developing a plan of action to assist him or her in becoming successful in the adult world. At age 16 a youth must complete a Life Skills Assessment. Youth entering your home after age 16 but before age 18, should receive this assessment as soon as possible. The assessment focuses on seven key elements (health, housing, education, employment, essential documents, life skills, permanent connections). The assessment can be accessed at www.okil.ou.edu free of charge.
Contact your youth’s child welfare worker to arrange for your youth to complete this assessment. After a youth has been assessed an IL plan will be developed. This is a youth-driven plan that focuses on steps the youth will take to become a self-sufficient individual. This plan should be developed as part of a team effort by you, the youth, and Child Welfare worker. Others familiar with the youth such as school staff and medical or counseling professionals can contribute to the development of this plan. The IL plan is updated regularly.
In addition to the IL plan, you, the Child Welfare worker and others familiar with the youth help them develop a Transition plan during the 90-day period immediately before a youth exits from care at 18. The plan must be as detailed as the youth chooses and include specific option on housing, health insurance, education, local opportunities for mentoring, continuing support services, work force supports and employment services. The Transition plan is then submitted to the court for review.
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