A Home for at Risk Youth and Those Aging Out of Foster Care




Bringing Out the Best


Aging-out happens when a child in foster care turns the age of eighteen without a safe and permanent home. They are deemed adults and are no longer under the purview of the Child Protection Act. They often leave foster care with the rights to their parents having been terminated sometime during their childhood. They have spent a significant amount of their childhood in a foster home or a group home without a home or family of their own. Often the only constant they have experienced in their life is their community. At risk youth are also in need of a safe and permanent home.


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To support young adults impacted by the foster care system and at risk youth by providing safe, stable, and affordable housing, as well as education and support services, as they transition to independent living.





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Give Them the Advantage that Statistics Don't


The National Youth Transition Database surveyed youth in Idaho at the age of nineteen and again at the age of twenty-one. It was reported that 47% of the twenty-one-year-old adults that had aged-out of foster care report they have been homeless over the last two years. Less than half of the youth finish high school and less than 2% obtained a college degree. The database reported one in four have been incarcerated within two years of aging-out.

Our goal is to help change these statistics and help these youth find a better chance at life.





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