Aging Out is Not “The End”
Standing In The Gap – Finally Family Homes Offers Hope And Empowerment To Aging-out Foster Youth
Making the transition to adulthood is a struggle that is intensified for young people who have spent some or all of their childhood in foster care.
When aging out, many of them lack stable connections and are also more likely to have faced a host of disruptive and traumatic experiences including school instability, mental health issues, and homelessness.
But at Finally Family Homes, we give a sense of stability and direction to aging-out foster youth on the path to independence. We are devoted to generating relationships that will empower, inspire, and propel the youth to success.
- Each year, about 23,000 young people “age out” of foster care because they reach the age that a State has determined they will no longer support them.
- 20% of the children who were in foster care will become instantly homeless.
- 70% of the kids involved in sex trafficking in LA County came from foster care
Apart from providing basic physiological needs like food and housing, we also offer social and emotional support as well as educational guidance to aging-out foster youth.
Finally Family Homes uses a holistic approach to give foster youth the support they need to transition to a successful independent adulthood.By providing aging out teenagers a family-centered transitional home while we help them build their own tiny home, we are providing a safety net to mitigate the risks of homelessness and human trafficking of former foster youth.
Join us in protecting them from homelessness and human trafficking.
Meet the Founders
Eric & Christina Dronen moved to Los Angeles 13 years ago. They were inspired to start Finally Family Homes through the initiatives at Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. Having become educated on the significantly increased risks for foster kids who age out without family, they felt moved to action.
Finally Family Homes is that move to give justice, hope, and a future to aged out foster kids.
Meet the Board of Directors
Eric Dronen was inspired to start Finally Family Homes through the initiatives through his church, Pacific Crossroads Church in Los Angeles. Eric works as a Senior SQL Server Database Developer and is the
Christina Dronen is a parent to 3 kids and the author of several parenting books. She is a retired Systems Analyst & Stand Up Comedian, although her humor has been known to crop up from time to time.
See her author page here.
Eugenie Ooi is a Senior Manager at Armanino. She has a degree in Accounting from Georgia State.
She is a talented dancer and big time foodie.
Jeffrey Phillip Forrest
Jeffrey Forrest serves as Vice-President of Economic and Workforce Development at College of the Canyons in Santa Clarita, California. In his role, Jeffrey oversees the Economic Development Division of the college, which offers services to support education, job training and economic mobility for minorities, women, Veterans, and dislocated workers..
Making a Difference:
Jeffrey came from a challenging background but used education to avoid the pitfalls of growing up in poverty. Today, he pays it forward by mentoring students from all backgrounds who seek guidance on making positive life choices. Recently, he was asked to be the motivational coach for his colleges football team. In this role, he seeks to inspire, encourage and empower young men to be persistent in the pursuit of their goals.
Jeffrey believes that providing access to a quality education is critical to creating strong communities, and key to the long-term growth of the nation’s economy. He has a Bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and an MBA from Lindenwood University. He also has graduate training in finance from Northeastern University in Boston, MA. He resides in Santa Clarita, CA and enjoys golf, fishing and hiking.
Marie grew up in a small town in Washington state and graduated from the University of Washington with degrees in Business Administration and Communications. After 10 years of working in corporate advertising in Los Angeles, she embarked on a career change in 2012 and received her Masters in Intercultural Studies/International Development at Fuller Theological Seminary.
We all at Finally Family Homes share a passion for preventing homelessness and human trafficking of the foster youth who are aging out of the system.