We have a plan for youth after foster care! It’s a multi-phased, multi-faceted, holistic plan. And part one, we’re building hope and calling it “A Hope And a Future.”
May is Foster Care Awareness Month and we are launching phase one! In this phase of our plan, we are doing what we believe to be the most dire and important work first – building hope through connection and stability.
There are many resources available to transitional aged foster youth, especially in California, but they can’t get on the waiting list for affordable housing until they are already homeless at 18. Only then, can they get on the waiting list which is approximately a 2 year wait – either couch surfing or on the streets.
It is said that the teen years are the most hopeless for foster youth. According to this article, published in the Children and Youth Services Review, “At ages 17 or 18, foster youth are 2 to 4 times more likely to suffer from lifetime and/or past year mental health disorders compared to transition aged youth in the general population.”
This is the time that they realize finding a forever family probably won’t happen and feelings of abandonment hit hardest. Turning 18 is seen as the end of the road. It’s over, no chance for family or connection.
As this news story put it for 17 year old Ashley, she’s “hoping to find a home before it’s too late.”
At Finally Family Homes we reject that idea.
No one is “too old for a family.”
And we believe the most important work is restoring hope to aging out foster youth.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” -Proverbs 13:12
Without hope, these kids don’t have the motivation to move forward in their schooling, to put in the extra effort to take advantage of these free resources. As followers of Jesus, we will also naturally share our love for God, as He is our greatest motivator and empowerment – our anchor of Hope.
Depression is a motivation killer.
That’s why we want these kids to get connected. We aren’t offering just resources, but community – family dinners, outings, to be available at a moment’s notice when needed. We believe this is best accomplished by close proximity housing. And housing is their greatest physical need.
After Foster Care
Within 18 months 36% will have experienced homelessness.
More than half of California’s aged out foster youth are couch surfing at 19.
On any given night over 1,000 youth are sleeping on the streets of Los Angeles who are current or former foster youth.
Read more details and statistics about aging out foster youth.
We are asking our community, online and otherwise, to help us reach out to their friends who care about helping others and give because they care about the cause or care that you care about the cause.Help for foster youth after aging out! Our multi-phased, multi-faceted, holistic plan is building hope through connection and stability. #finallyfamilyhomes #hope Click To Tweet
What are we fundraising for?
Furniture, appliances, housewares, linens, curtains, cleaning supplies, and all the other things that go along with making a house a livable home. As a transitional house, the vast majority of this will be a one-time cost.
We estimate it will require about $18,000.
As far as utilities, transportation, food, and rent, for one year we need $22,000.
That comes to $40,000 as our goal for the fundraiser.
$35,000 should be enough for us to feel confident to get the doors open!
How you can help
Sharing Finally Family Homes with friends and family will help spread the passion and participation we need. This kind of fundraiser works best when a lot of people get involved, every donation matters.
The mission of Finally Family Homes is to provide family-like support to help teens who don’t have a family or home, transition into successful adulthood.
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