Independent Living – Age 13 to 17

The primary case manager in coordination with the caregiver is responsible for ensuring youth receives Independent Living (IL) services from age 13 to the child’s 18th birthday.

All teens age 13 or older from the time of placement in shelter status with the Department are eligible and must receive IL Services through their CM.

  • Foster care youth are eligible to receive IL Services.

  • The Primary CM must ensure an IL Referral is completed in FSFN for all children age 13 or older in licensed out of home care.

  • Each youth, if selected, must complete the NYTD survey twice a year.

The CM is responsible for ensuring the youth completes the Daniel Memorial Skills Assessment (DMA) at the required ages.

  • The youth will complete a DMA. CM will submit it to Programs for scoring.

  • The short form DMA shall be completed at ages 13/14 or 15/16 depending on the age upon entering licensed care.

  • The DMA will generate the Life Skills Plan. This plan must be shared the caregiver and youth. DMA will also generate a Life Skills Information Attestation that the youth must sign.

  • The DMA, Life Skills Plan, and Attestation must be filed with the Court each time it is completed.

  • CM will provide the Caregiver with the Independent Living Trainings/Progress Report for the Court form. Caregiver will track the Life Skills Plan trainings provided to the youth. CM will collect this form quarterly for purposes of reporting to the court.

  • The CM shall have monthly discussions with the youth and caregiver as to life skill needs and the Caregiver's responsibility to provide for life skill needs. This discussion shall be documented in FSFN.

Case Plans:  When appropriate, for a child who is 13 years of age or older in Out of Home Care, a written description of the programs and services that will help the child prepare for the transition from foster care to independent living. For youth 14 years of age and older in Out of Home Care, Case Plan will be developed in consultation with the child.  Child may choose up to two members of the case planning team who are not the foster parent or caregiver.  FSFN documentation must include notification to child regarding choice to choose two members of the case planning team and that child's caregiver was included in the development/implementation of the case plan.

  • The youth must be aware of their case plan tasks and must receive copies of all case plan and judicial review documents.

  • DMA areas of identified needs, school staffing outcomes/educational and career plans as well as Staffing recommendations are incorporated into the youth’s Case Plan.

  • The Case Plan is reviewed and updated at least annually and it includes specific tasks that describe the youth’s “Life Skills Plan” to learn and acquire the needed skills identified in the DMA.

  • Document services needed and who/where they will be obtained from, along with a timeframe to initiate the services, the frequency of the services and the timeframe to complete the services.

  • Describe positive behaviors the youth has exhibited that reflect the youth’s abilities.

  • Document the consequences for non-compliance with the IL agreed upon services and of the youth’s misconduct if it should occur.

  • Document a plan for developing and maintaining relationships with appropriate supports for the youth within the family or community.

Judicial Reviews:  All youth 13 years of age or older must have their IL progress documented in the JRSSR. 

  • The JRSSR should cover all of the areas outlined in the case plan and contain the key elements required by Florida Statute 39.701.

  • All DMA and other IL service related documents must be attached to the JRSSR.

Credit Checks: Annual credit check must be completed on all children in Out of Home Care 14 years of age and older. 

Education:  CM is responsible for monitoring the youth’s academic status, referring youth for needed educational services, and documenting youth’s progress and educations changes in FSFN.