Transitional Living Program (In Progress)

The Transitional Living Program at Fostering Success Foundation provides a safe living environment set aside for Transitional Living and Programatic Services that are designed for older youth in foster care. A transitional living program is not an independent living program.

"A residential services program designed to serve children 14 years old or older for whom the service or treatment goal is basic life skills development toward independent living. A transitional living program includes basic life skills training and the opportunity for children to practice those skills. A transitional living program is not an independent living program." - Texas Department of Family and Protective Services

A Transitional Living Program must have a comprehensive life skills training program for youth that develops competency in the following areas:

  • Health and general safety.
  • Money management, budget planning, and knowledge of available financial resources.
  • Use of local transportation resources.
  • Accessing local community resources.
  • Child health and safety, child development, and parenting skills, if the youth is a parent of a child living with them.

Other areas of life skills training should include:

  • Encouraging the youth to participate in community life and to form interpersonal relationships/friendships outside of the transitional living programs, such as community team sports, extracurricular activities and after-school employment.
  • Consumer education such as meal planning, meal preparation, grocery shopping, apartment searches, and setting up utilities.
  • Career planning and enrolling in higher education or a vocational/technical training program.
  • Assisting in accessing medical and dental care, therapy, mental health services, legal resources, and emergency assistance.
  • Problem-solving, stress management, and establishing short and long term goals towards establishing independence.
Transitional Living Program
Admission Policy

Admission is voluntary

Youth seeking admission to the Fostering Success Foundation Transitional Living Program should be:

  1. Between the ages of 14 and 21
    1. Youth ages 14-17 must be either emancipated or in Texas state foster care
    2. Youth 17 and older need not be emancipated for consideration
  2. Actively working toward completion of a High School Diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent Vocational Program OR enrolling/attending a College, University or Vocational Training Program
  3. Employed full-time/part-time or seeking employment
  4. Willing to actively participate in programs designed to enhance education, vocational skills, employment opportunities and community involvement
  5. Willing and capable of acquiring skills and resources necessary to become economically self-sufficient and a productive member of the community
  6. Able and willing to live cooperatively with other residents of the program
  7. Refraining from any and all self-harming and/or abusive behaviors
  8. Free of any chemical dependencies, including but not limited to alcohol, illegal drugs, prescription drugs, synthetic drugs, etc.
    1. In cases of past chemical dependency, the applicant must be actively engaged in a program to maintain sobriety
  9. Free and clear of any violent, sexual or fire related incidents or criminal history
Application Process
  1. All applicants must independently complete and return the admission application
  2. The Fostering Success Foundation Program Coordinator will review each application
  3. The Fostering Success Foundation Program Coordinator will schedule initial in-person/phone interviews (dependent on proximity)
  4. Pre-qualified applicants will be admitted to the Fostering Success Foundation Transitional Living Program Assessment
    1. The Fostering Success Foundation Transitional Living Program Assessment will be administered in-person utilizing the Casey Life Skills Assessment tool to evaluate basic life skills, including, but not limited to:
      1. Money management
      2. Food management
      3. Personal appearance
      4. Personal hygiene/health/birth control
      5. Housekeeping
      6. Transportation
      7. Emergency and safety
      8. Knowledge of community resources
      9. Interpersonal
      10. Legal
      11. Housing
      12. Educational planning
      13. Job seeking and job maintenance
  1. Qualified applicants will be admitted to the Fostering Success Foundation Transitional Living Program
Supervision

At all times a full-time employee, age 25 or older, of Fostering Success Foundation must:

  1. Reside within close physical proximity to residents of the Transitional Living Program
  2. Be on-site during times when any resident of the Transitional Living Program is awake and on-site
  3. Be physically available to residents of the Transitional Living Program
  4. Be physically able to respond to emergencies involving residents of the Transitional Living Program
  5. Be available to monitor the comings and goings of residents of the Transitional Living Program

The following conditions must be met in order for a resident of the Fostering Success Foundation Transitional Living program to be left unsupervised for any amount of time:

  1. The resident must be 16 years old or older
  2. A complete evaluation must be on-file and must:
    1. Include a written plan defining the periods of time the child may be left unsupervised
    2. Include a written plan for addressing behavioral problems that the resident may have
    3. Identify how the resident may contact the caregivers when caregivers are not physically present with the child
  3. The resident’s service planning team (if applicable) must approve the evaluation
  4. The evaluation must be included in the official record
  5. The evaluation must be reviewed and updated as needed during the resident’s service planning meetings
Expected Behaviors

Residents of the Fostering Success Foundation Transitional Living Program should:

  1. Abide by all Local, State and Federal laws
  2. Refrain from use of harmful and illegal substances including;
    1. Drugs
    2. Alcohol
    3. Tobacco
    4. Prescription medicine (not prescribed to them by a licensed physician)
  3. Not possess illegal substances, tobacco, alcohol, weapons or pornography
  4. Respect the rights and freedoms of others
  5. Maintain a clean and organized living environment for themselves and others
  6. Exhibit willingness to work on their life skills training program
  7. Maintain the safety of themselves and others
  8. Be actively working toward completion of a High School Diploma, G.E.D., or equivalent Vocational Program OR enrolling/attending a College, University or Vocational Training Program
  9. Employed full-time/part-time or seeking employment
Consequences for Failure to Comply

Residents found to be in violation of the Fostering Success Foundation Transitional Living Program Behavior Policy may receive one (or more) of four disciplinary actions, depending on the severity of the violation.

  1. Coaching Session: resident will discuss the infraction with a supervisor and develop a corrective plan (corrective plan may include a “natural consequence” as determined by supervisor)
  2. Restriction: resident will be unable to leave the house for any reason other than school, work, or church for a set time period.
  3. Probation: resident must immediately correct the infraction and will be closely monitored to ensure that he/she is in complete compliance with the set expectation.
  4. Dismissal: student will be discharged from the program.
Service Plan

Residents of the Fostering Success Foundation Transitional Living Program will each have a personalized Service Plan. Residents will be expected to fully participate in his/her Service Plan in an effort to move toward independence. Service Plans will focus on:

  1. Education
  2. Life and home skills
  3. Personal health and hygiene
  4. Relationships
  5. Finances
  6. Employment
  7. Career

Make an online donation

Donating online is fast and secure. Your online donation to the Fostering Success Foundation Transitional Living Program goes directly to the purchase of land and construction costs of our Transitional Living Center for youth aging out of foster care.

Donations can also be made by check.
Fostering Success Foundation
PO Box 6622
Katy, TX 77491
Memo: Transitional Living Program

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