| Welcome to the Foster Youth in Transition Web site!|
The FYIT web site was the result of a recommendation made by the Statewide Task Force on Youth Transitioning from Foster Care in 2006. Over 100 members from public and private organizations that care about improving services to foster youth participated. Youth representatives were part of the Task Force and acted as a lead for each of the six subcommittees that consisted of the State Court Administrative Office, Child Welfare Services Division; the Governor's Task Force on Children's Justice; the Department of Human Services, Child Welfare Institute; the Office of the Children's Ombudsman; and Children's Charter of the Courts of Michigan.
The site provides information on a variety of issues important to current and former foster youth, as well as, links to other sites that share information on how to develop supports, find services, get answers to important questions and keep you posted on what's new.
We want to know what you think. Send us comments in the feedback box. This site is for you - thanks for visiting.
|2013 Michigan Teen ConferenceRegistration is now open for the 2013 Michigan Teen Conference "Take Charge of Your Journey," being held June 19-20 at Ferris State University. This conference is for youth, ages 14-21 that leaving foster care and not only offers workshops about education, employment, and leadership, but also several fun recreational activities! Click here for more information.|
|2013 FosterClub All-Star If you are a youth that was in foster care after the age of 14 (but not yet 21) and are interested in representing Michigan foster youth while learning leadership and public speaking skills, you may want to apply to be the 2013 FosterClub All-Star. All-Stars complete a summer internship as well as have the opportunity to travel to a variety of national conferences to speak about the changes needed in the child welfare system. Go to www.fosterclub.com for more information on how you can apply to be the Michigan All-Star.|
|New Foster Youth Support Programs at Seven State Colleges Statewide $800,000+ in contracts awarded to colleges to support higher education for foster youth|
|Nominate a DHS Employee for the Mentorship Award Honor outstanding DHS employees who have guided, supported, and promoted the personal and work related development of a foster youth, foster parent, or DHS client.|
|Michigan DHS Leading Way with New Foster Care Extension for Young Adults |
|The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) |
The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) is a way for youth who experience foster care to share their experiences so that services can be improved. Hearing back from youth allows DHS and the community to better understand how foster care impacts young people and how they can change policies and improve resources to make it better. Your participation matters! It makes sure Michigan does not make decisions about you, without you!
It's a follow-up survey year! This means that if took the survey within 45 days of your 17th birthday we would like for you to complete it again starting October 1, 2012 within 45 days of your 19th birthday. For those that complete the survey we would like to give you a $15.00 gift card as a way of thanking you for your time and consideration. If you have a NYTD survey ID, please open the link to complete the survey, https://www.mdhs.michigan.gov/nytd/. If you believe you are eligible to complete the survey and do not have your survey ID please contact Youth Services at 517-373-9219.