Transitioning to Adulthood

TransitionChildren and families experience many transitions over the years. The Northern Regional Center can help families identify the issues they need to think about to make good decisions for the transition from child to adult services. Transition planning is a bridge between child services to the opportunities of adult life.  The process of moving from child services to adult services can be a very smooth transition with prior planning and partnerships to connect your youth to available resources.

Areas to consider for transition planning include:

  • health care
  • education
  • employment
  • recreation and leisure
  • living arrangements and housing
  • community involvement
  • finances
  • guardianship and other assisted decision making

There are many resources available to assist you and your youth to begin exploring these areas while recognizing the youth’s strengths, interests, needs and supports.

Key partners include your youth’s school district. Any youth with an Individual Education Plan (IEP) will begin the transition planning process at age 14. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website has information on these requirements and options.

“In WI, transition planning is a required part of your child’s Individualized Education Program with your school. Planning for the future helps you tailor your support, guidance and encouragement as your child to grows.”


Wisconsin Promise Transition Guide (Fall 2018):


Woman at a crossroads deciding which way to go

Other Resources