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Foster Youth Prepare for Independent Living at Workshop at U of Redlands

The workshop is scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 17 at U of R, a county human services spokeswoman said.

More than 150 current and former foster youth in the county care system will take part in an independent living workshop Saturday at the University of Redlands, a spokeswoman for the San Bernardino County Department of Human Services said.

Called "Independent City," the workshop is being organized by Children and Family Services and Probation Department representatives, according to an announcement.

The workshop, scheduled 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday Nov. 17 at U of R, is intended to nurture "the skills and tools necessary to live successfully as independent and self-sufficient adults," county officials said.

Money management skills and financial independence are priority themes of the workshop. Participants will take part in scenarios to

- Learn how to register to vote

- Purchase insurance

- Pay taxes

- Establish utility services

- Set a budget for groceries

- Find a job

- Obtain housing

- Manage and budget daily finances

- Obtain transportation and licenses

- Manage healthcare

- Further their education

Participants may also be required to "take care of an electronic life-like baby that will be handed out to individual youth to take care of for half the day," organizers said.

According to the county, Independent City is a collaborative effort between the County of San Bernardino, Children and Family Services; Child Support Services; Probation Department; San Bernardino Superintendent of Schools; the University of Redlands, California Youth Connection; ILP; Valley Star; EMQ Families First; Aspiranet; REACH OUT; Walden Family Services and others.

For more information, visit hss.sbcounty.gov/dcs.

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freddie mac November 17, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Didn't one of the EMQ Families First social worker, Darren Whitworth, just get arrested form pimping out a foster child from that program? 45 counts? He's an ffa social worker working in concert with DCFS.
Chris P November 27, 2012 at 07:31 PM
You guys are doing great things for <a href="http://atlantisils.org">Independent Living</a> in Redlands. We could use a program like this in San Diego. Good Job!

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