This innovative housing and foster care program provides youth a stable environment where they can learn the skills they’ll need to live on their own in the community.
Youth in the program must be ages 18 to 21. They must also be finishing high school or an equivalency program, enrolled at least half-time in a college or vocational program, have a documented medical condition, or work at least 80 hours a month. Youth are expected to deposit a minimum of $25 in their savings account each month so that they are prepared to live independently when they exit the program. They are also required to maintain their apartment, have regular physicals and dental cleanings, and adhere to all laws and apartment regulations.
What We Do
Foster Adventure’s transitional housing plus foster care program is among the first of its kind being developed in West Virginia. Youth choose to remain in foster care until age 21 to pursue their education and employment. Foster Adventure helps young people with place to live, utilities, and provide basic home furnishings. In addition, Foster Adventure workers provide young people with the structure they need to set realistic goals . They also teach youth the skills most young adults learn from the parents:
- Establish healthy relationships
- Apply to educational programs
- Prepare meals
- Manage a household budget
- Conduct a job search
- Life Skills
Mentors provide additional support and guidance, helping youth develop their skills. Foster Adventure also links young people with driver’s education and SAT prep classes, school books and supplies, bus passes and gas cards, and work uniforms and interview clothes. In addition, crisis intervention and support to resolve emergency situations is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Why It Matters
Nearly 65% of youth leave foster care at age 18 with no place to call home. Without housing or connection to family and community, youth are less likely to finish high school and go to college, find employment and access healthcare, which in turn jeopardizes their ability to take control of their futures and become contributing members of the community. They’re also more likely to have children before they are ready, putting them at risk of perpetuating the cycle of foster care.
How You Can Help
Your donations will provide funds for development of this housing project, building and launching the FIRST foster-transitional housing. Your support will help youth to grow in their independence. Funds also cover home furnishings, utilities, food and transportation stipends and training.