YABPa Youth Advisory Board

Life Skills: This section is intended to support youth in finding programs and services designed to teach the necessary skills to assist youth in successfully transitioning into adulthood.

Prevention: This section is intended to support youth in locating resources that reduce the instances of abuse, as well as how to maintain good health and how to access services specific to health and safety related issues.

Education: In this section, you will find resources to support youth in regards to funding for education and training resources, understanding financial aid and resources that support youth in knowing their rights.

Employment: Information in this section will support youth in locating resources that support them in the workforce.

Housing: Information in this section is intended to educate and assist youth in understanding practical housing issues and to aid in locating and securing safe and adequate housing prior to discharge.

Support: Information in this section will support youth in locating resources to assist in finding healthcare, resources for new or expecting mothers, LGBTQ resources, as well as resources to support in building and maintaining healthy relationships.

Important Identification Documents
There are a few important identification documents you need to have as an adult. These documents are important for you for things like: getting a job and cashing your paycheck, signing leases, and getting health insurance. When you leave children and youth care at age 18 or older, the agency must provide you with any permanent documents, like your birth certificate and social security card that are in your family case file. Keep these documents in a safe place or with someone you trust. If you end up getting these documents on your own, here is how you do it.

Yab Advocacy Toolkit
Birth Certificate

Normalcy Provisions Flyer

Social Security Card

Reasonable and Prudent Parent flyer

PA State ID


Yab Advocacy Toolkit This is an in-depth guide for staff who are interested in beginning a board, supporting a board, or becoming a YAB Regional Coordinator. Yab Advocacy Toolkit Thinking about becoming a YAB member? This toolkit provides information on youth enagement, advocating for your rights, preparing for a presentation, preparing a sample cover letter, and preparing a meeting agenda, as well as tricks and tips for sharing your story, voicing your concerns, knowing your rights, meeting facilitation, and making potential partners.

County and Private IL Coordinator Directory 
This directory contains the contact information for each county’s public and private (if applicable) IL Coordinator.


Normalcy Provisions and Reasonable Prudent Parent Standard
There are many new opportunities for youth in care in light of the federal legislation passed in 2014, "The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act," (H.R. 4980/P.L. 113-183) and Pennsylvania Act 75: "Activities and Experiences for Children in Out-of-Home Placement." Since education is part of the YAB's mission, it is with much excitement that we present youth-friendly flyers that summarize all the great new practices that are happening in Pennsylvania. The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center has hard copies of flyers and posters available. Posters are being distributed to each county across the state.

Yab Advocacy Toolkit

2016 Final YAB DAF Recommendations

Normalcy Provisions Flyer

Normacly Provisions Flyer (H.R. 4980)

Reasonable and Prudent Parent flyer

Reasonable and Prudent Parent Flyer

Reasonable and Prudent Parent flyer

Reasonable and Prudent Parent Flyer (White)


Affordable Care Act
The Affordable Care Act assists former young adults in foster care with receiving medical assistance. Young adults who left care after their 21st birthday and who are under the age of 26 may be eligible to receive assistance for medical care. The following resources are available to help you learn more about the Affordable Care Act and how to access it. 

Yab Advocacy Toolkit

ACA Information

Normalcy Provisions Flyer

Letter from DHS

Reasonable and Prudent Parent flyer

Former Foster Youth Q/A 

Reasonable and Prudent Parent flyer

Former Foster Youth Points of Contact

If you do not have health insurance and need to see a doctor, go to the health center in your county. Most of these centers provide free or low cost care for people who do not have health insurance. You can also call the Pennsylvania Health Department at 1-877-PA-HEALTH for information about other health resources.

To find a clinic in your area that provides family planning services and screening or treatment related to sexually transmitted diseases, HIV, check http://www.safeteens.org/find-a-health-center/.

To find a dental clinic in your area that may provide free or low-cost care go to click here or call the Pennsylvania Dental Association at 717-234-5941.


Pennsylvania's Act 91 - Extending and Re-entering Foster Care
Act 91 amends various provisions of the Juvenile Act to expand the criteria for youth to remain dependent and under court jurisdiction. It also allows eligible youth to re-open their dependency case before turning 21 if they aged out within 90 days of turning age 18 or any time after turning age 18. More info

Act 91

Video Dicussion Guide

Juvenile Law Center Act 91 Discussion Guide


 

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