CASA has developed a Transitioning Youth Resource Guide that provides information on a wide-range of community resource providers that can assist youth as they transition out of foster care to adulthood.
The Prince George’s County Ready By 21 program provides transitional resources and services to youth in foster care, starting at age 14 up until age 21, regardless of their permanency plan or placement type. The goal is to prepare youth for life after foster care and to assist them with making a successful transition to adulthood. This site provides resources on topics such as housing and employment opportunities.
The Maryland Workforce Exchange is a great resource to help find a job along with several tools and other resources such as Job Seeker Solutions: Creating a Resume, Career & Workforce Information and more!
Foster care youth in Maryland who are enrolled as a candidate for an associate, bachelor’s degree or vocational certificate at a Maryland Public institution of higher education are eligible to have their tuition waived.
This comprehensive list of college scholarships and grants available for current and former foster care youth contains both nationwide and state-specific resources. Scholarships can also be found here on the National Foster Parent Association website.
A 4-year STEM education program that aims to provide over 2,500 high school students in Prince George’s County with education and skills training, internships, college prep and dual enrollment, mentoring, and job readiness.
Every year, thousands of youth who are aging out of foster care find out they have been victims of identify theft and must work to clear their credit histories. Help your foster youth start off on the right track by making sure their identity and information are protected.
Children and youth in foster care are disproportionately victimized by human trafficking. Research has shown a direct connection between foster care and human trafficking. In particular, foster care youth who are out of placement or have aged-out are more likely to be recruited for human trafficking. Prince George’s County Human Trafficking Task Force has resources available to assist with identifying and reporting human trafficking.
A guide compiling resources available in Maryland for human trafficking victims, including healthcare services, legal and case management services, victim housing and therapy, and residential programs.
Understanding the legal rights of the youth you work with is one way to help address these challenges. Healthy Teen Network and the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law collaborated to provide answers to some common questions practitioners face when advocating for pregnant and parenting teens. The answers can be helpful in your advocacy efforts.
The Sesame Street Workshop introduces a new neighbor, Karli, who is living with her “for-now parents” which is a great resource for helping young children understand foster care. They also have a variety of resources, coloring sheets and activities available for providers.
The above handbook along with the following brochure concerning the educational rights of children in care serve as guides in understanding and coordinating a CASA Child’s education. By registering for the Prince George’s County Family Portal, volunteers can oversee their CASA Child’s education and even check their grades here.
A guide for lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender and questioning youth in the Prince George’s County/Washington DC Metro areas. CASA is a proud founding member of the Prince George’s County LGBTQ Youth Task Force, which created the guide.
PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) has support groups in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. These groups are for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning individuals, and their family and friends. Support groups are led by trained facilitators.
Definitions, information for parents, foster parents, youth themselves and educators. Also provides information for college-bound LGBTQ youth including tips on picking an LGBTQ-friendly campus, course selection and scholarships. Additional scholarship information is provided here.
The AACAP is dedicated to treating and improving the quality of life for children, adolescents, and families affected by these disorders. The AACAP also developed Facts for Families to provide concise and up-to-date information on issues that affect children, teenagers, and their families. After downloading the files, CASA Volunteers can print and distribute the PDF files as needed.
NOTE: Neither CASA/Prince George’s County nor its staff endorse or promote any third-party websites or organizations. All are provided for informational purposes only.
Change a Child’s Story
Children in foster care who have aCASA volunteer are more likely to succeed in school and adjust to change. And they’re half as likely to re-enter the foster care system later. By getting involved with CASA, you can make all the difference for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect in you community. Get involved, and change a child’s story.