The Center for Urban Youth and Family Development empowers youth that are in and are transitioning out of the foster care system to overcome the struggles and challenges by providing them substance abuse prevention, life skills training, and workforce development programs. Drawing from the life experiences of our founder, Mr. Marsialle Arbuckle, we open the door to a positive and…
In Ohio, county public children services agencies are required to provide independent living services to all youth ages 14 and older who are in foster care, to help prepare them for future self-sufficiency. They also may be available to 18-20-year-olds who aged out of foster care and who request help.
This report presents demographic characteristics, health service access and use, and timing of key fertility-related milestones among adults aged 18–44 who had ever been in foster care as compared with those who had never been in foster care in the United States.
The transition to adulthood can be a challenging experience for anyone, regardless of personal background, socioeconomic status, gender, identity or race. It is certainly more challenging for youth who do not have the economic, familial or social supports that can assist them to overcome the many challenges on their journey to self-sufficiency and independence. LIFE Skills Foundation aims to provide…
“SMILE” stands for Support System, Mentoring, Independent Living, and Education. The Smile House will be a Transitional Program for teenagers and young adults aging out of foster care. Through the Smile Program, these youth will benefit from opportunities to develop the skills necessary for independent living and from access to support services that can help them navigate the transition to adulthood.
Bridges is a voluntary program available to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 and who are in school, working, participating in an employment program, or have a medical condition that prevents them from going to school or working. The program provides guidance and support as they transition to adulthood.
Individuals receive a 1-bed, 1-bath apartment with kitchen, living room, and equipped with basic furnishings. The HOME program provides support through a formal face-to-face checking in once a week, daily sign in/outs, and access to a variety of services including life skills training including meal planning, cooking, accessing transportation, budgeting, accessing services, and more.
The Youth Resource Center provides a low-barrier space to meet the basic needs of young adults ages 17-24 experiencing or at risk of homelessness, many of whom have aged out of foster care. The service continuum includes drop-in services with showers, laundry, computer lab, and hygiene products, as well as independent living services, mentoring, and rapid rehousing.
Special Treasures is a non-profit thrift store that supports foster teens and aged-out young adults. They learn work skills such as furniture repair, furniture painting, warehouse management, stocking, salesmanship and more. Youth are mentored by volunteers and workforce development staff. They also get help with resumes, work ethics, financial management, and internships and job placement.
Since 2007, SaintA has provided supportive services to youth exiting out of foster care in Southeastern Wisconsin. In 2017, SaintA received a contract from the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families to significantly expand the program to make services available to every eligible youth, ages 18-21, who has exited, or will be exiting, out of care in Milwaukee County.