Participation and involvement of parents, family members, and/or other caring adults promotes the social, emotional, physical, academic and occupational growth of youth, leading to better post-school outcomes.
Family involvement in transition planning can ensure there is a connection between planning that occurs both in and outside of the school setting. There are many areas of transition planning that might require more parent support:
1. Learn about how person-centered planning can help make transition planning more individualized and focused on strengths and supports.
2. Find out more about the local Family Support Center and what supports or services they might offer.
3. Consider decision making responsibilities when a youth turns 18 and what the differences are between guardianship and alternative options.
4. Think about financial planning and how savings or trusts might be an option.
5. Understand that planning around healthcare in terms of getting insurance and finding providers is another aspect of transition.
6. Learn how social security programs might benefit youth whether they decide to work or not.