Casey Life Skills Toolkit

Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a set of free tools that assess the independent skills youth need to achieve their long-term goals. It aims to guide youth toward developing healthy, productive lives. Some of the functional areas that CLS assesses include:

  • Daily living and self-care activities
  • Maintaining healthy relationships
  • Work and study habits
  • Using community resources
  • Money management
  • Computer literacy and online safety
  • Civic engagement
  • Navigating the child welfare system

Inside the CLS Toolkit, you will find these resources:

  1. CLS Assessments in PDF and Excel format, giving you several options to administer the assessments and integrating them into your own systems.
  2. Practitioner's Guide, which shares best practices for administering and scoring the assessments, and more details on how CLS is beneficial for the service provider and youth.
  3. Resources to Inspire Guide, which lists resources that have been vetted by youth, caregivers and service providers as helpful ways to strengthen independent life skills.

These tools have been revised to ensure that they incorporate the needs of youth in the 21st century. They have been developed in collaboration with foster care alumni, resource parents, service providers and child welfare experts to center the needs and voices of youth. Please see Release Notes below for periodic updates.