Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Restoring Family for Youth at Risk

The prospect of succeeding once aged out of foster care is small.  A non-profit stared in Tennessee has reversed likely social failure into success for young people who have grown up in foster care.  Youth Villages  addresses critical needs of some of the most vulnerable young people – those who are leaving state custody because they have “aged out” at 18 years old without family and other supports to rely on.

Twelve states now offer the program where  transitional living specialists work one-on-one with young adults and are available to them 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They meet with each young person a minimum of twice each week at the youth’s home, job, or wherever is most convenient for the young person. They work intensively with the young adults to set and reach goals to find affordable and safe housing, find jobs, access health care, continue their education, and develop relationships with positive adults who can support them in the future.

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