Youth in Transition

 

According to statistics, “Most youth who leave the foster care system do not receive adequate preparation and support for their transition to independent living. Compared to other youth, foster youth are more likely to be homeless, incarcerated, unemployed, and unskilled. They are also more likely to experience physical, developmental, behavioral, and mental health challenges.” (NGA Center for Best Practices).

Our Youth in Transition program provides life skills training, education, and comprehensive assistance to youth ages 13 to 23 who have been in foster care or who are transition from the foster care system.  Our transition to independence program includes a thorough assessment, which creates a better understanding of youth needs and strengths.  Youth are also provided with life skills services and training on a variety of topics, including:

  • Setting up a household (e.g., finding and renting an apartment, turning on utilities);
  • Managing a household (e.g., ensuring good nutrition, grocery shopping, preparing meals,
  • cleaning, paying bills);
  • money management and asset development;
  • Getting a driver’s license, car, and insurance;
  • Self-confidence, personal responsibility, problem solving, and goal-setting;
  • Communication and relationship development; and
  • Reproductive health and parenting.
Eligibility Criteria: Youths, ages 13 years old to 23 years old who are in the foster care system or have aged out
Service Providers: Independent Living Coordinators
Payment Options: Affiliated agency, fee-for-service, Medicaid and a range of HMO’s and Private Insurance companies. 
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