Foster Care and Adoption
Yes, if you were involved in foster care at any time in your life and are between the ages of 16 and 24, you are eligible to participate in the program. Call us at 213-365-2900 or email [email protected] to find out more about program eligibility.
Yes, we can help you with employment preparation and placement. We work with many community partners and employers to help current and former foster youth get a job or start a career.
Absolutely! We partner with agencies that specialize in this, including tutoring if needed – all at no cost!
We think advancing your education is one of the most important decisions you can make. That’s why we provide various services to help you with making educational decisions, filling out applications, and accessing financial aid. Contact us at 213-365-2900 or [email protected] to get started.
Yes. This is is such an important time in your life. We are here to help you form positive relationships with committed adult mentors. They will help with achieving your goals and preparing for independence. Many times mentors actually become a part of your extended network of support.
Yes! You can volunteer as a mentor with our Up4Youth Program. You will be able to help current and former foster youth achieve independence and prepare for adulthood.
As with any age child, teenagers have unique strengths which are best developed in an environment with caring and dedicated foster/adoptive parents and mentors.
Teens in foster care have survived trauma, which may include witnessing or experiencing physical, sexual, or emotional abuse, and/or neglect. In addition to the trauma they experienced prior to foster care, it is not uncommon for foster youth to be moved to and from multiple foster or group homes, which disrupts relationships with family, peers, community, and educational supports. This loss and rejection can profoundly affect a foster youth's self-esteem and confidence and lead to academic delays, mental/behavioral health issues,and/or drug and alcohol use.
You can expect extensive training and support from our team of professionals who will prepare you and guide you as you navigate this important relationship.
Mentors meet with foster youth at least 8 hours a month in individual and group settings, as well as maintaining regular contact as needed.
Yes, our mentors are provided with training to help them understand the developmental needs of youth in the foster care system as well on ways to create a productive and meaningful mentoring relationship.
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