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The focus of this project was to enhance currently existing foster youth programming to promote engagement and participation in independent living skills (ILS) development. Research shows that although such programming exists to support foster youth transitioning into independent living, services are underutilized and may greatly benefit from a more personalized and holistic approach to engage participants. The process of this project included conduction of a needs assessment to understand site-specific areas of concern impacting occupational performance. Findings from the needs assessment informed development of a manual containing occupational therapy strategies for program staff to address concerns and promote engagement and participation. In addition to program enhancement recommendations, the manual also provided education on occupational therapy’s scope of practice and role in supporting foster youth and childhood trauma. In doing so, the aim of the project was also to advocate for the inclusion of occupational therapy in community-based practice supporting foster youth’s transition into adulthood and independent living.

Publication Date

Fall 12-9-2021


University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences

Medical Subject Headings

Child, Foster, Adolescent, Occupational Therapy, Independent Living, Scope of Practice, Needs Assessment, Humans


Occupational Therapy


Poster presented at the Fall 2021 Virtual OTD Capstone Symposium held online at the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, December 9-10, 2021.

Supporting Foster Care Transition into Adulthood and Independent Living