As older orphans and foster children age out of care, the trends are heart breaking: homelessness, substance abuse, trafficking, crime and incarceration await many who lack adequate support networks. We believe the Church is called to step into that gap, opening doors to promising futures for these children through holistic life transition programs including: Life Skills Training, Spiritual Care and…
We know that opening doors to youth aging out of foster care will make a positive, life-changing impact and create a new path to possibilities for young people. We believe that surrounding these young people with the supports they need to thrive, while teaching, guiding, coaching and challenging them will help them to develop into successful, independent adults.
Youth aging out of foster care, at-risk single moms and homeless veterans achieved significant life transformation through an intensive, volunteer-based, relationship-focused model, according to a preliminary study of a limited number of participants in the Open Table program conducted by Baylor University’s Program on Prosocial Behavior. Scholars from Baylor University conducted a case study evaluation of the Open Table program in…
Skill Builders is an independent living arrangement licensed by the Virginia Department of Social Services. The objective of the Independent Living arrangement is to provide youth participants in the program with the skills needed to be self-sufficient and live independently.
The Regratifying Foundation’s NOW program is designed to encourage foster care youth to continue their education, learn about and consider professional careers and set future personal and career goals before they age out or emancipate from foster care. Participants will learn about various professions, how to improve social and communication skills, problem solving, and self-confidence.
Impact Living Services (ILS) provides comprehensive supportive services for foster youth 17-21 years of age. ILS has apartments in Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Harrisonburg. ILS promotes interdependence as a core belief in helping youth achieve their educational, vocational and financial goals. Interdependence is an idea of “mutual dependence between things” (i.e., community, friends, staff, DSS and counselors).
This report…shares what we know about older youth transitioning from foster care (“transition-age youth”) in Virginia; describes federal data on youth outcomes in Virginia and other states; and details findings from a recent policy scan and national survey on services targeted to these youth.
Believing that every child deserves a happy and healthy childhood, Norfolk Friends of Foster Care is committed to enriching the lives of foster children in our community. Through its philanthropy, NFFC strives to ensure all children in the foster care system have the best childhood possible and enter adulthood well-equipped.
Stars Training Academy, a division of Stars Behavioral Health Group, collaborates with community agencies across North America to provide enriched training and customized consultation to achieve high fidelity and sustainable implementation of evidence-supported and evidence-based practices. The Stars Training Academy serves as the purveyor of the Transition to Independence Process (TIP) Model.