The Creator’s Studio

The Creator’s Studio is a non-profit arts collective in downtown Moberly that offers theatre, art, cooking, and STEAM classes to at risk youth. We offer free tuition for those in foster care and sliding scale tuition for low income families. We provide a fun, safe, and accessible space for the community to enjoy the arts.

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Connections Homes Texas

The mission of Connections Homes Texas is to prevent poverty, homelessness, and exploitation for aged out foster and homeless youth without family by connecting them to Mentoring Families. Their vision is that every homeless and former foster youth would thrive in life and impact their world from the safety of a healthy connection.

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Operation: Achieve Independence

The mission of Operation: Achieve Independence (OAI) is to provide youth in foster care with all of the tools necessary to be successful when they age out of care. They provide youth with mentors, career and college preparation, life skills training, and more.

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Blue Cross NC Apprenticeship Program

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) has launched an innovative employment solution designed to provide career opportunities in our Retail Center stores for youth aging out of the North Carolina foster care system. The young adults will receive a wide array of social, educational, and financial support to help them successfully transition to adulthood. (There…

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Lighthouse Transitional Care

The Lighthouse is a Christ-focused nonprofit organization in Riga, Latvia. We work with young adults aged out of the orphan care system or from difficult family backgrounds. Our goal is to mentor and lead them toward healthy adulthood. We do this by building mentoring relationships and teaching practical life skills.

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River Jordan Inc.

Empowering Current and former foster youth to take responsibility of their own individual lives and become productive members of society. Our organization provides wrap around support services and transitional housing for current and former foster youth including peer mentor support and life skills coaching for a lifetime.

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(2019) Perspectives of Youth Aging Out of Foster Care on Relationship Strength and Closeness in their Support Networks

Research, practice, and policy focus on the importance of relationships with young people aging out of foster care, especially relational permanency. While previous research has examined these relationships, typically with mentors, foster parents, or biological parents, few have examined the quality of strong network ties within support networks. This study incorporated a network approach to understanding how youth discussed strong…

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