Who We Are
An Opportunity for Youth
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. To date, twenty-four youth have aged-out of foster care in our area since January 1, 2015. 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.
Preparing for Adulthood
At risk youth and those coming from foster care have had limited experiences preparing for adulthood. The life skills we learn in a home, amongst our family, are the skills that determine our success as an adult. The young adults rarely have a driver’s license, employment experience or even the simplest of skills such as doing laundry or cooking. Youth are still dealing with the trauma and emotional stress they have endured. They most often are developmentally delayed and have no life or coping skills to survive within our communities.