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Transitional and Independent Living Programs

Who We Serve

When a child in care turns 18, they have the option to stay in state care and receive supportive services that will help them make the challenging transition toward independence. These are courageous, brave youth who often do not have the support of their family and need our assistance in establishing a path towards successful lives as adults. These two programs serve young adults between the ages of 18 and 21.

How We Serve Young Adults

Teens Georgia Foster CareWe provide 24-hour support, as well as community-based housing, to each youth in both our Transitional and Independent Living Programs. Residents in the Transitional Living Program need greater levels of support and assistance, while residents in our Independent Living Program are nearing their full transition out of care. The Children’s Home offers ongoing life skills development, including financial literacy, tutoring, personal development, career development and education about nutrition and health. As part of the programs, we guide residents through the process of earning their high school diploma or GED and offer assistance entering college or trade school.

Why What We Do Matters

Some young people leave foster care, demonstrate extraordinary resiliency and successfully navigate the path from youth to adulthood. Often they are assisted by family and/or other caring adults who provide consistent support. The data indicates, however, that many young people who transition from foster care without the needed network of support experience very poor outcomes at a much higher rate than their peers in the general population.

Our Programs

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) empowers and emotionally supports individuals to help them make the transition from foster care to independent adulthood. The program is perfect for youth who are responsible, goal-oriented, self-motivated and determined to be successful. Our staff provides 24-hour support to the youth, who are housed in studio-style apartments on our campus. Staff also teach youth to maintain skills of daily living; support and guide them to obtain spiritual, educational, vocational and employment opportunities; help them obtain medical and mental health services as needed; and much more.

Transitional Living Program (TLP) Criteria: 

  • 17 1/2 – 20 years of age
  • In DFCS Care
  • Enrolled in secondary school or have a plan to complete high school or obtain a GED
  • Enrolled or have a plan to pursue post-secondary education or career track
  • Employed or have the  ability to obtain employment within 45 days of program entry
  • Willing to participate in daily life skills  with a focus on financial management (budgeting and saving), home management, education and employment/career goals and adhering to mental and physical health requirements
  • Ability to adhere to program expectations

 

The Independent Living Program (ILP) allows young adults in the foster care system to live in the community in their own homes while continuing to participate in a structured program that teaches and supports the continued development of essential life skills.

Independent Living Program (ILP) Criteria:

  • 18 -20 years of age
  • In DFCS Care
  •  A  high school diploma or GED
  • A minimum of  $1,000 in savings
  • Employed at least 15-20 per week and/or enrolled in school full-time
  • Willing to participate in daily life skills  with a focus on financial management (budgeting and saving), home management, education and employment/career goals and adhering to mental and physical health requirements

 

Youth and Young Adults in foster care may apply to our programs online:

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Email us at ILPREFERRAL@umchildrenshome.org for more information about our Transitional and Independent Living programs.

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