Pathway to Independence

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Pathway to Independence

How do I use the Pathway to Independence Tool?


Youth Services’ Pathway to Independence serves as a tool for youth as they move toward emancipation while remaining connected to where they have been.  This tool should follow the youth to any and all placements.  It is your responsibility to ensure the tool is returned to youth should the placement disrupt.  This tool should be taken to the next placement or given to the foster youth when they find permanence or emancipate.


This tool belongs to the youth, but you are charged with keeping it in a safe location.  You will help the youth by filling the tool with important information; insuring information is updated and current.  You will also assist the youth with obtaining information about their time in your placement, their biological family, friends, and people they meet along their journey. This tool will also document your efforts to support youth in meeting their milestones for attaining independent living skills.


This is your tool, TAKE CARE OF IT!  This tool will follow you wherever you go.  It will help to keep track of the important documents you will need throughout your life.  It is your responsibility to make sure you work with everyone to learn the skills to be successful.  Take advantage of everything that is offered to you!