Transition Age and Independent Living
The transition from adolescence to adulthood is hard for everyone. The idea of independence and freedom is enticing while at the same time, it can be intimidating. Becoming an adult comes with a lot of new responsibility, and often there is a large learning curve. For adopted children, this transition can bring up a storm of mixed feelings. It is not uncommon for the topic of birth family to be at the forefront of their minds. Questions about what an adult is supposed to be can become confusing and overwhelming. Some youth may push their adoptive family away entirely for fear of rejection. These youth may believe that in order to take control of their relationships they have to make the first move. Other youth may regress and seem to forget every life skill they have. This may be a search for reinforcement from their family that they will still be there when the child fails. Because the reaction to impending adulthood can be so vastly different from child to child, it is important that we give our children both space and support during this crucial time. We hope you find the following resources helpful for you or your child.
Right Turn can provide services to adopted youth up to age 21 and guardianship youth up to age 19. Please call us at 888-667-2399 for more information on eligibility and extent of services.