Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Program (In Progress)

The PAL program is designed to prepare older foster youth for independent living after they "Age Out" of foster care. The Preparation for Adult Living program strives to provide each of the more than 3,500 youth 16 years and older who are currently in foster care with the skills and resources they need to become successful, secure and productive adults members of society.

"Preparing youth for adulthood is much more than teaching them how to balance a checkbook and sign a lease. PAL services include involvement in programs aimed at improving youths' self-esteem and improving their ability to make responsible decisions. PAL helps youth face the challenges of adulthood and independence." - Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

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PAL Program Life Skills Training Program Curriculum Outline

The Preparation for Adult Living Life Skills Training Program includes at a minimum the following topics:

  • Health and Safety
  • Housing and Transportation
  • Job Readiness
  • Financial Management
  • Life Decisions and Responsibilities
  • Personal and Social Relationships
Health and Safety
The goal of the Health and Safety curriculum is to provide youth with information necessary to make good choices concerning health care, hygiene, nutrition, birth control, sexual responsibility and substance abuse. Additionally, the program provides the youth with an understanding of how stress and anger can affect their lives, the warning signs of violence and accessing valuable community resources if help is needed.
Housing and Transportation

The goal of the Housing and Transportation curriculum is to provide youth with the tools and strategies they need to plan for, find and maintain safe, affordable housing and transportation.