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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

Youth participating in our programs receives an individualized skills and service plan, that includes meeting their physical, educational, spiritual, medical, social and emotional needs.

The Transitional Living Program (TLP) is a community integrated model to accommodate both males and female youth. Our resident housing is comprised of roommate-style apartments where youth are provided with supported independence, as well as opportunities to develop the necessary skills to live on their own. TLP offers educational and enrichment opportunities for youth by way of our Education Center that provides youth with a full-service computer lab and tutoring support. The Education Center also includes the Lil’ Jon Recording Studio where youth can display their artistic ability in a therapeutic environment. We offer recreational support with gymnasium membership that has a full-size indoor basketball court an youth center with pool. Our property has as access to a fitness center and pool. Additionally, our TLP has onsite staff support 24/7.

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), our scattered-site apartment model, provides young men and women with 1-bedroom apartments that are centrally located in the community. We offer an increased level of independence through this community-based program model that provides youth with a place to call ‘home’ and guidance to help balance life on their own.

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

 

We are currently accepting referrals of young men and women in our ILP and TLP Programs. Please contact Tierica Vaughn (tvaughn@umchildrenshome.org) for more information.

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