Graduate project

Advanced health care directive awareness

Little is known about how the child welfare system provides grief and loss psychoeducation to foster youth. Oftentimes, the Independent Living Skills Program (ILSP) curriculum does not include grief and loss among its list of covered topics. With thirteen years of experience as a child welfare worker working directly with foster youth, the author of this project identified a need for an educational curriculum integrated within the ILSP program to familiarize foster youth with loss, grief, and end-of-life options. Since grief and loss is such an extensive subject, this author has decided to focus, specifically, on end-of-life options. This project is intended to educate foster youth on end-of-life options through a one-hour informational session hosted by Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA). By providing the informational session with CASA, it provides this vulnerable population a safe place with support in the event the topic becomes triggering. The end-of-life options session was scheduled to be offered to CASA recipients, ages 18-21, on March 30, 2020 in Modesto, California. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, State of California stay-at-home orders prohibited this project from actually being executed. Should an opportunity in the future become available to present the information the writer will pursue the project.