Practical Pathways

Practical Pathways was written for young people exiting the foster care system and the adult allies who support youth.  It was created by an alumnus of foster care to support young adults who are exiting foster care and entering adulthood.


This guide was produced to provide the information and resources that will support young people  in getting their first apartment, buying a car, finding a doctor, and making smart financial decisions. It’s a lot to navigate and Practical Pathways is set up to provide a snapshot of necessary information and suggestions of where to get more resources. Each section includes a Resource Page with helpful contact information.


Check it out!  We hope it helpful for young people getting ready to get out on their own!

Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT)

YLAT is a joint project between Maine’s Youth in Foster Care, The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and the Muskie School at University of Southern Maine. YLAT is committed to improving the short-term and long-term outcomes for youth who are or have been in foster care.

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YLAT, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300, phone: 207-780-5861