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Healthcare and Well-Being Advocacy

  • YouthCare is a specialized healthcare program built cooperatively with parents and other stakeholders to improve access, continuity of care and healthcare outcomes for DCFS youth in care and former youth in care.

    YouthCare’s personal care coordinators help families navigate and access today’s complex health care systems, research providers, and schedule appointments. Its massive provider network is more than three times larger than its predecessor. For questions about YouthCare, please call us at 844-289-2264 (TTY: 711). Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

  • Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a set of free tools that assess the independent skills youth need to achieve their long-term goals. It aims to guide youth toward developing healthy, productive lives. This tool could be share with caregivers or can be administered by advocates, if they are comfortable doing so and want to gauge where the youth, they are working with may need additional supports. The Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a multiple-choice questionnaire that measures independent living skills in a number of functional areas for young people. The CLS standard form has 126 questions that assesses 9 functional areas, (1) daily living, (2) self-care, (3) relationships and communication, (4) housing, money management, and transportation, (5) work and study life, (6) career and education planning, (7) civic engagement, (8) navigating the child welfare system, and (9) looking forward. This assessment is for youth ages 14-21 years. It can be completed by youth and supportive adults (e.g., caregivers, service providers, case workers, etc.) to understand the youth’s skills.

  • Youth Life Skills Webinar Series for Advocates

    According to a 2018 survey, many high school students don’t believe their schools have done enough to help them deal with stress (51 percent), understand their emotions (49 percent), and solve disagreements (46 percent), and fewer than half of graduates surveyed feel prepared for life after high school.

    Researcher David Yeager and his colleagues argue that it’s important to address teens’ needs and they need to feel competent, autonomous, and valued in their community—if they have a sense of high status and respect, in other words—they’re likely to be more motivated and engaged.

    This webinar series will give participants tips and take-aways to share with youth as they prepare to launch to independence. Topics covered include: Financial management, assessing employment opportunities that best fit the individual, youth and teen parents, health care and well-being, and how to manage the legal system wisely. Many more topics will be address to strengthen youth and teen protective factors for a successful life.

  • National CASA
    National CASA
  • Illinois DCFS
    Illinois DCFS
  • The Office of Illinois Courts
    The Office of Illinois Courts
  • Illinois Attorney General
    Illinois Attorney General
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