Transitioning Youth Into Adulthod

Youth who are "aging out" of the foster care system should have healthy and meaningful lifelong connections within their own community. It is through these connections that they will be able to gain the knowledge, skills, and resources to support themselves and realize their goals for their future.

The Iowa Youth Dream Team (IYDT) is one model used to accomplish this goal.  It is offered to youth 16 years of age and older helping them develop an action plan for permanency. Key components involve implementing collaborative efforts designed to increase partnerships; integrating services and resources that improve outcomes among youth over the age of 16. 

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Statewide Tools and Resources

For more information about the Transitioning Youth Initiative, contact Wendy Havemann,


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