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Handbook 24:Extended Foster Care
24-4  Case Plan and Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP)- Extended Foster Care
Extended Foster Care
24-4 Case Plan and Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) - Extended Foster Care
Reference Points
Overview
Case Plans for Youth Approaching Age 17 Years, 5 Months
Transitional Independent Living Plans (TIPLs) for Youth Approaching Age 17 Years, 5 Months
Case Plans for Non-minor Dependents
Transitional Independent Living Plans (TILPs) for Non-minor Dependents
Case Plans for Non-minor Dependents in Group Homes
Other References


Reference Points
Effective Date: 1/1/12
Last Updated: 1/12/12
 Legal Basis:
Popup Window Legal Basis Text
 Non CWS/CMS Forms:
MS Word Six-Month Certification of Extended Foster Care Participation (SOC161)
 CWS/CMS Forms:
bulet Case Management Section: Case Plan and Transitional Independent Livng Plan (TILP)
bulet Services Management Section: Contacts


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Case Plans for Youth Approaching Age 17 Years, 5 Months  

The conversation about extended foster care (EFC) and its benefits should begin with all foster youth when developing the initial Transitional Independent Livng Plan (TILP) and at all TILP updates.  The more foster youth hear about EFC, the more they will understand the requirements, how they can participate, and the benefits of remaining in EFC.

Case planning must:

  • Be done in collaboration with the foster youth. 
    • The foster youth may also desire input from mentors, tribes, or other significant people in the planning, and these persons should be noted in the case plan.

  • Describe goals, programs, and services that will enable the foster youth to meet one of the participation conditions for EFC.

  • Prepare the youth to assume incremental responsibilities for adult decision making.

  • Prepare the youth to make the transition to independent living.
Case planning with those youth who are likely to remain in foster care until they are 18 and those youth in a non-related legal guardianship should include information about the option to remain in foster care, the potential benefits of EFC, and the option to exit and re-enter.   
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TILPs for

Youth

Approaching Age 17 Years, 5 Months
 

The Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP) is part of the case plan and is a separate document from the case plan.  It may be a continuation of the case plan but there is no longer a focus on reunification, termination of parental rights, or the establishment of guardianship. The TILP, along with the case plan, is updated every six months or more often if there is a change in circumstances.  Both documents must be printed out and attached to court reports.

The TILP should reflect services that will help foster youth to meet one of the participation criteria.  This is true even if the foster youth does not express an interest in participating in the extended foster care program (EFC), in case the youth decides to enter the EFC program at a later date.  Additionally, the TILP needs to continue to reflect the Independent Living Program (ILP) services that the youth has been receiving and/or will receive in aftercare.

See OPP Chapter 4-3: Transitional Independent Living Plan.
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Case Plans for Non-Minor Dependents  

Case plans remain on the same schedule and time frames for non-minor dependents (NMDs) as when the NMD was a minor.  Both the six-month case plans and the TILP are continued with NMDs.  The case plan describes how the NMD and social worker will collaborate and what supportive services are needed or will be used to ensure that the NMD is actively meeting the participation conditions.  In working with the NMD on development of the updated case plans and TILPs, the social worker needs to acknowledge and be respectful the adult status of the NMD. 

 

Case plan goals and objectives for NMDs are:

  • Identification and development of permanent connections and

  • Transitioning to independent living and

  • Assuming incremental responsibility for adult decision making.



Case plans for NMDs:

  • Must be developed and updated in collaboration with the young adults.
    • The NMD may also desire input from mentors, tribes, or other significant people in the planning, and these persons should be noted in the case plan.
  • Must include a written description of the programs and services that will help the NMD prepare for the transition from foster care to independent living.

  • Must include approval for a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP) by a social worker, if the NMD is placed in a SILP housing option. 

  • Should have goals that center around employment, education, and the development of skills that will help the NMD to be successful as adults.

  • Focus on establishing and maintaining permanent connections.
    • Identify and develop connections with caring, committed adults, which may include the biological parents or other family members.
    • Consider the possibility of an adult adoption.
      • Contact county counsel if an adult adoption is viable.
  • Describe:
    • The way in which the NMD meets at least one participation condition for extended foster care (EFC)
    • Opportunities to have incremental responsibility to prepare to transition to independent living
    • Services that will assist the foster youth in meeting one of the participation criteria for eligibility, if applicable.
    • The individualized supervision provided in the SILP, if applicable.

  • Must reflect if the NMD has an in-progress application pending for SSI or Special Juvenile Immigrant Status or any other applicable application for legal residency for which an active dependency case is required for that application.

  • Require the signature of the NMD.

  • Do not require the signature of the parents.

  • Do not require the signature of the caregiver
    • However, social workers are encouraged to obtain the signature of the caregiver on the case plan, especially if an agreement has been made for specific support and assistance the caregiver will provide to the NMD.



During case planning, the youth should be told that if he or she leaves foster care at age 18 in 2012 (and thereafter), he or she may re-enter foster care at any time before he or she reaches the maximum age for the EFC program.

At each case plan update, the social worker should engage the NMD in a conversation about when the NMD anticipates leaving the EFC program so that a 90-day Transition Plan can be developed.
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TILPs for Non-minor Dependents  

The requirements for the TILP remain the same as for minors, including the six-month updates and requirement for living skills assessment.  The TILP is developed in collaboration with the NMD, who may desire input from mentors, tribes, or other significant people in the development of the TILP.

Transitional Independent Living Plan (TILP)

  • Must include:
    • A description of the services that the NMD is receiving to support his or her active engagement in one of the five participation criteria.
      • An example of an activity to demonstrate participation in one of the five criteria could be, “Enroll in adult education to complete a GED.”

    • Documentation that the purpose of employment is to enable the NMD to gain knowledge of needed work skills and the responsibilities of maintaining employment, if the NMD is employed.
      • Including this documentation in the TILP results in income earned by the NMD to be disregarding for AFDC-FC eligibility determination purposes.

    • A plan for the NMD's supervised placement setting.

    • A plan for obtaining and maintaining permanent connections with caring, committed adults.
 
  •  Should include:
    • A back-up plan that is documented on the Six-Month Certification of Extended Foster Care Participation.

      • An example of a back-up plan could be “enroll in a resume writing class.”

    • Any significant needs the NMD has in specific areas before he or she is ready for a Supervised Independent Living Placement (SILP).

    • A plan on what steps an NMD need to take to be prepared for a SILP.
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Case Plans for NMDs in Group Home Placements  

The case plan must specify:

  • Why or how admission to or continuation in a group home placement:
    • Is the best alternative available at the time to meet the special needs or well-being of the NMD
    • Will contribute to the NMD’s transition to independent living.

  • The treatment strategies that will be used to prepare the NMD for discharge to a less restrictive and more family-like setting, including a target date for discharge from the group home placement.
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Other References  
bullet2 OPP Chapter 24-2: Participation Condition and Verification - Extended Foster Care
bullet2 OPP Chapter 24-5: Case Management with Non-Minor Dependents (NMDs)
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