Indiana Youth Connections Program. Department of Child Services Indianapolis, Indiana. Topics to be covered:. The Youth Connections Program Why connections? Program basics Protocols and procedures Certificate of connection Program outcomes Future of program Family finding techniques
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Department of Child Services
Research on young adult development and youth transitioning from foster care shows that:
Goal: To ensure that all youth aging out of foster care have a permanent family, or a permanent connection with at least one committed, caring adult who provides guidance and support to the youth as they make their way into adulthood.
professionals serving the youth, as well as with the youth and his or her family
In Year One (January through December 2007)
What to look for…
Look carefully at…
and click on “community” at lower right
Clif Venable 310-302-6440
tailor questions based on that relationship
May I speak with Mr./Ms._________________?
Hello Mr./Ms.________. My name is YCP specialist’s name. I am calling on behalf of youth’s first name. Are you familiar with youth’s first name?
Great. Youth’s first name asked me to call you. I am a Youth Connections specialist. That means that I help foster youth find relatives who can tell them more about their families and who might be able to help them as they prepare to leave foster care and make their way into adulthood.
Would you be willing to speak with me about your family and how you or other family members might help youth’s first name?
Contact IN DCS permanency manager:
Cassandra A. Porter, JD
Or YCPspecialist for Southern Indiana:
Julie A. Deckard
812-895-3585 x206 (w)