Creating a Path to Independence
Each year close to 25,000 children nationwide age out of foster care without the benefit of a family or permanent home. That puts them at tremendous risk for homelessness, joblessness, illness, incarceration, welfare dependency, early childbearing, and victimization.
The transition into adulthood can be especially difficult for young people without caring adults to help them navigate unfamiliar waters. When kids age out in Saint Francis’s service area, they can turn to us. Programs vary by state, but we assist with everything from mentoring and independent living skills to resources for rent and educational assistance.
How You Can Help
- Be a support for youth transitioning out of care
- Assist with job and/or college applications
- Provide guidance for practical money management
Churches, individuals, and civic groups contribute to Saint Francis’ Independent Living program through gifts like refurbished computers, cell phones, and other electronics. You can also help financially.