The Maine Youth Advisory Team Handbook for Youth in Foster Care
This handbook was originally written by a team of 22 foster care youth during a two-day summit. The purpose of the summit was to provide youth in foster care with a way to help other youth in foster care understand the system. This group of youth became the Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT). YLAT revised and improved their original handbook into its present form. In it, the authors address many of the issues and questions about the foster care system. It can be used either as a book to be read in its entirety, or as a resource to look up specific information. The handbook is divided into five main sections: Frequently Asked Questions, Rights & Responsibilities, Legal Stuff, Placement Stuff, and Other Important Stuff. In the second section, the authors address the rights and responsibilities of foster youth, their biological families, of case workers, and of care providers. The legal issues covered include confidentiality, the court process, visitation rights, and legal terms. "Other important stuff" includes information about clothes, school, paying for college, independent living, and YLAT. A glossary is included at the conclusion of the handbook, as well as a listing of all Department of Human Services' (DHS) offices in Maine.