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Division of Child and Family Services
1385 South State Street
Salt Lake City, Utah 84115
Phone: (801) 488-2620
Fax: (801) 832-9753
Web: www.voaut.org

SLCC BUS 2200, Fall 2014


Fatima Beganovic
Richard Knight
Joe Rael

AGING OUT OF
FOSTER CARE IN
UTAH

INTRODUCTION

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This year in Utah more than 300 youth will age out of Foster Care. Even
though they dont have the necessary support or skills to succeed on
their own, many want to be on their own.
The reality is that most of those who age out of foster care dont have a
healthy place to live, supportive relationships and dont know where to
go for help. Without supportive relationships, most of them struggle
with homelessness, legal issues, poverty and finding proper medical
care.
The purpose of this booklet is to provide information about resources
available to young adults aging out of foster care.

THE HOMELESS YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER HAS TWO CASE MANAGERS WHO CAN
HELP WITH:

Employment
Housing assistance
Counseling
Education

THE HOMELESS YOUTH RESOURCE CENTER PROVIDES THE FOLLOWING BASIC


SERVICES TO HOMELESS OR AT RISK YOUTH AGES 15-22:

Food and water


Clothing and shoes
Hygiene items
Laundry
Showers
Blankets, tarps, tents if available
First Aid
Access to computers and phones
Regular group meetings for recovery, art, music, etc

DIVISION OF CHILD &


FAMILY SERVICES

OVERVIEW OF PROGRAM
State of Utah Department of Human Services
The mission of the Department of
Human Services is to provide Utahns
assistance to live safe, healthy and
successful lives. They fulfill this
mission by providing children, youth,
families and adults care, services and
treatment to thrive in their homes and
communities.

The goal of Utah Division of Child and Family Services (DCFS) is


to have communities where children grow up safe from abuse,
neglect and dependency, where adults are protected from
domestic violence, and where parents can be strengthened in
their capacity to keep their family safe.

To cherish what remains of the Earth and to


foster its renewal is our only legitimate hope of
survival.

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-Wendell Berry

SOME SERVICES DCFS OFFERS

Child abuse and neglect prevention education and


outreach
Investigations of child abuse and neglect
In-home services to keep children at risk of abuse and
neglect safely with their parents
Domestic violence services to include counseling and
shelters
Foster care for children who cannot remain safely in
their home
Adoption services for children who cannot be returned
to their biological parents
Transition to Adult Living (TAL) program designed to
promote self-sufficiency for children who transition out
of foster care

37,169 complaints of child abuse were received

19,068 complaints were investigated; 6,519 were found to


have some merit

91% of child clients did not experience abuse or neglect


for at least one year following the end of in-home services

2,075 children and youth entered foster care

Substance abuse in families is a contributing factor for


more than half of children entering foster care

38% of foster children were placed with a kinship


caregiver

1,557 adults and 1,368 children were served by domestic


violence services

JOB CORPS
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Career technical training in your chosen field


Hands-on experience with real employers
An opportunity to get your high school diploma or GED
Mentoring programs that pair you with center staff, career
counselors, and community leaders
Help finding a job or pursuing higher education
Assistance for up to 21 months after you graduate

And its the nations largest career


technical training and education
program for students ages 16 through
24.
recruiting.jobcorps.gov/Libraries/pdf/what_is_job_corps.sflb

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A place to learn and develop lasting friendships.


A better-paying job.
Financial assistance while you learn.
An experience that will get you jump started.

Hands-on career technical training with real employers to


make sure that the skills you learn are the ones you need.
Education that applies to real-world business. You can earn a
high school diploma or GED at the same time that you are
learning important career technical skills.
Money for each month you are in the program. But just like a
real job, taxes are deducted from your allowance.
The path to a promising career. Job corps works with you to
develop personalized career development plan including an
area of training that will offer high-paying job opportunities.
Services to help you be healthy and happy. Job Corps students
have access to on-center health clinics, and some centers even
provide special programs for students who are single parents.
Help finding a job. Job Corps will help you develop interview
skills, finalize your resume, and search for a job that matches
your technical skills training.