Transitional housing placement for emancipating youth: a collaborative project

The purpose of this project was to empower the foster youth of Creative Alternatives by utilizing best practice models in the development of policies and procedures for the agency’s new transitional home. The disenfranchisement of youth in traditional deficit-based programs was articulated, along with the importance of utilizing a youth-centered approach in the delivery of services for youth. The following common best practices, youth voice, youth empowerment, and youth–adult relationships, as well as information relating to the California Fostering Connections to Success Act, were introduced to the collaborative to help with the creation of the manual and procedures. The collaborative consisted of six foster care and group home clients who met biweekly with this writer. An evaluation survey instrument and focus group questions were created for the agency to evaluate the effectiveness and youths’ experience with the use of the manual.