Transition Through Middle And High School And Beyond

Raising and Working with Children and Youth in Foster Care or Living with Kin: Your Guide to Resources in Virginia

This Guide from Virginia Family Special Education Connection offers families and professionals links to state- and local-specific resources for enrolling students, education, medical care, mental health, transitioning students to post-secondary settings, courts, and other areas.

  • Website, Raising and Working with Children and Youth in Foster Care or Living with Kin: Your Guide to Resources in Virginia

    Website resource

  • Document, Raising and Working with Children and Youth in Foster Care or Living with Kin: Your Guide to Resources in Virginia

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My Life, My Community Long Term Care Waiver Info

From the Va Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services (DBHDS), this site helps consumers understand and navigate long term care waivers for persons with developmental and other disabilities.

From the site:  Commonwealth’s system of services and supports for individuals with developmental disabilities is undergoing significant transformation as Virginia redesigns its waiver system under the My Life, My Community initiative. The term My Life, My Community encompasses an overarching vision whereby people with developmental disabilities live, work, play and thrive in their communities, just as others do, with the support they need.

The site features a publication Navigating the Developmental Disability Waivers: A Guide for Self -Advocates, Families and Support Partners.

  • Website, My Life, My Community Long Term Care Waiver Info

  • Document, My Life, My Community Long Term Care Waiver Info

    Navigating the Developmental Disability Waivers: A Guide for Self -Advocates, Families and Support Partners.


Factsheet on Profile of a Virginia Graduate from PEATC
December 05, 2018

This fact sheet from the Parent Educational Advocacy Training Center (PEATC) provides families and students an overview of the new 5 C’s of what skills a Virginia graduate should have.

  • Document, Factsheet on Profile of a Virginia Graduate from PEATC


Getting to Work: The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and Students with Disabilities webinar
March 15, 2017

This webinar offers timely information about the federal WIOA (Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act) provisions that apply to to school-age students with disabilities.

  • Webinar, Getting to Work: The Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act and Students with Disabilities webinar

    WIOA for students with disabilities webinar


Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information on who is considered “Parent” for financial aid

Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information on who is considered “Parent” for financial aid.

If you are considered a dependent student for FAFSA® purposes, you will need to provide information about your legal parent(s) on the application. A legal parent is your biological or adoptive parent, or your legal parent as determined by the state (for example, if the parent is listed on your birth certificate). If you have a stepparent currently married to your legal parent, you generally also must provide information about him or her.

  • Website, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) information on who is considered “Parent” for financial aid

    More info and how to apply


The Learning & Working Transitions RTC 

The Learning & Working Transitions RTC at University of Massachusetts Medical Center focuses on youth and young adults ages 14-30 who have serious mental health conditions, conducting cutting-edge research on age appropriate programs that support education, training, and working during the transition to adulthood.

  • Website, The Learning & Working Transitions RTC 


Virginia Community Services Boards

Community Services Boards (CSBs) throughout Virginia offer a range of services for adults and youth with mental health challenges, as well as for those with intellectual disabilities and substance abuse problems. Emergency services are available.

  • Website, Virginia Community Services Boards

    Community Service Boards


Outside-The-Box College Accommodations

Outside-The-Box College Accommodations: Real Support for Real Students: Tools for School from the Transitions Research and Training Center at University of Massachusetts

  • Toolkit, Outside-The-Box College Accommodations


Learn your Rights: A Guide for Youth in Foster Care

Learn your Rights: A Guide for Youth in Foster Care from the Virginia Poverty Law Center

  • Website, Learn your Rights: A Guide for Youth in Foster Care


How to Keep A Job: A Young Adult’s Guide

How to Keep A Job: A Young Adult’s Guide, from the Transitions RTC

  • Guide, How to Keep A Job: A Young Adult’s Guide


My Next Move

My Next Move, what do you want to do for a living? A career search site.

  • Website, My Next Move


Think College

Think College: College options for people with Intellectual Disabilities

  • Website, Think College


A Life 4 Me

A Life 4 Me: for middle schoolers with disabilities and their parents

  • Website, A Life 4 Me


By Youth, For Youth: Employment guide

By Youth, For Youth: Employment guide from the National Collaborative on Workforce and Disability

  • Guide, By Youth, For Youth: Employment guide

  • Website, By Youth, For Youth: Employment guide


Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?
November 20, 2014

Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan? Guide from Formed Families Forward and PEATC

  • Toolkit, Dude, Where’s My Transition Plan?


Foster Care to Success

Foster Care to Success: America’s College Fund for Foster Youth.

All Foster Care to Success scholarships share one application; we will determine the program(s) for which you are eligible based on the information you provide.

  • Website, Foster Care to Success

    Foster Care to Success

  • Website, Foster Care to Success

    Apply here


Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents

Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents, a  fact sheet of Child Welfare Information Gateway

  • Guide, Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents


Great Expectations program

Great Expectations program for Virginia foster youth pursuing community college and other post-secondary education options.

  • Website, Great Expectations program


Services for Older Youth

Services for Older Youth, VDSS.  These include the Independent Living Program for youth 14 and older and education programs such as the Community College Tuition Grant and Education and Training Vouchers (ETV).

  • Podcast, Services for Older Youth


Project LIFE

Project LIFE, sponsored by Virginia Department of Social Services and United Methodist Family Services. The mission of Project Life is to enhance the successful transition of older foster youth to adulthood by a) increasing the capacity of professionals working with youth to engage in sound, evidence-based practices and b) by promoting permanent connections, effective preparation for transition to adulthood, and meaningful youth input into state and local policies and practices.

  • Website, Project LIFE