The University of Oklahoma National Resource Center for Youth Services contracts with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and Child Welfare Services, to implement the Oklahoma Successful Adulthood (OKSA) program. The program provides training and consultation, conference and event coordination, and statewide support to child welfare staff, tribal staff, resource parents, and contractors working with youth and young adults. These services prepare workers to support young people in preparation for transition to adulthood. In addition, OKSA coordinates the delivery of services and resources directly to OKSA eligible youth and young adults through the OKSA Helpline.
The OKSA mission is to empower youth in and from foster care to lead safer, healthier, more independent and productive lives.
The creation of OKSA
The John H. Chafee Foster Care Program for Successful Transition to Adulthood is a federal program that offers assistance to help current and former foster care youths achieve self-sufficiency. Grants are offered to States and Tribes who submit a plan to assist youth in a wide variety of areas designed to support a successful transition to adulthood. Activities and programs include, but are not limited to, help with education, employment, financial management, housing, emotional support and assured connections to caring adults for older youth in foster care. The program is intended to serve youth who are likely to remain in foster care until age 18, youth who, after attaining 16 years of age, have left foster care for kinship guardianship or adoption, and young adults ages 18-21 who have "aged out" of the foster care system.
Oklahoma’s Independent Living Program is called, the Oklahoma Successful Adulthood (OKSA) Program. The vision of OKSA is to be a youth-focused and youth-driven program that serves youth at various ages and stages of achieving self-sufficiency. The OKSA program emphasizes the importance of early planning for a successful transition to adulthood and promotes the importance of permanent connections by encouraging a multi-disciplinary approach using culturally relevant and age-appropriate resources and services.
Seven Key Elements
OKSA uses seven key elements to help youth think about how to prepare for adulthood.