Casey Life Skills

Casey Life Skills website


Casey Life Skills (CLS) is a free tool that assesses the behaviors and competencies youth need to achieve their long-term goals. It aims to set youth on their way toward developing healthy, productive lives. Examples of the life skills CLS helps youth self-evaluate include:

  • Maintaining healthy relationships
  • Work and study habits
  • Planning and goal-setting
  • Using community resources
  • Daily living activities
  • Budgeting and paying bills
  • Computer literacy
  • Their permanent connections to caring adults

To preview the Casey Life Skills Assessment click here and go to page 3.

Who benefits from CLS?

CLS is designed to be used in a collaborative conversation between an educator, mentor, case worker, or other service provider and any youth between the ages of 14 and 21. It is appropriate for all youth regardless of whether they are in foster care, live with their biological parents, or reside in a group home.

What happens after a youth takes the assessment?

Youth typically will require 30-40 minutes to complete the CLSA. Their answers are available instantly for you to review with the youth in a strengths-based conversation that actively engages them in the process of developing their goals.

CLS also offers a Resources to Inspire Guide that helps you take the next step: using CLS results to create a learning plan that can help youth gain the skills they need.

To learn more about how to administer the assessment, download the CLS Practice Guide.


If you’re a registered provider, records of the youth to whom you’ve administered an assessment are stored for later reference. These records may be helpful to meet your state’s compliance requirements.

CLS assessments are retained in the online database for two years after they are last modified. You may download, save and/or print these assessments for longer retention as needed.

Some states may be able to use CLS to meet the transition requirements of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act. CLS can also support your Chafee Foster Care Independence Programs.


The CLS Privacy Policy is located here.