Building Your Team
Building Your Team
You have a central role in all service planning and decision making.
Your worker is there to help you do the following:
- Understand your responsibility for developing and achieving a plan.
- Develop personal goals.
- Identify your strengths, interests and needs.
- Use your goals, strengths and interests to design services, use networks and access services and resources to meet your individual needs.
Your worker is also responsible for engaging appropriate family members, and other individuals you identify as significant, to work collaboratively as a team to help you prepare for transition to adulthood.
Think about who you want on your team.
Members may include:
- Family members.
- Your current caretakers or foster parents.
- People who previously cared for you.
- A teacher, counselor and/or coach.
- A friend, neighbor, mentor and/or minister.
Others who may be involved with your IL Assessment and Plan are:
- A worker who coordinates or specializes in Independent Living services.
- A Project LIFE consultant who works exclusively with older youth in foster care.
Remember, you may add others to your team at any time!
Your team will actively assist you in:
- Assessing your strengths, interests and needs, including life skills that you’ll need.
- Identifying other significant adults who may be willing to assist you in carrying out certain tasks.
- Identifying services, resources, supports and networks that you can access to achieve your goals.
- Developing or enhancing your skills.
- Making decisions.
- Planning or supporting you through the transition to adult living.
- Maintaining contact and follow-up with you after you leave foster care.
Think of your team as a valuable resource! Ask members of your team for advice, to teach you things, to help you explore opportunities and to introduce you to others who can help you prepare for adulthood!