For young people in the best of circumstances, finding one’s place in the world is a challenge. For youth who are aging out of the child protection system, a successful move to self-sufficiency is even more difficult, requiring special preparation and support to overcome the sometimes insurmountable obstacles.
Young people transitioning out of the foster care system are significantly affected by the instability that accompanies long periods of out-of-home placement during childhood and adolescence. The experiences of these youth place them at a higher risk for unemployment, poor educational outcomes, health issues, early parenthood, long-term dependency on public assistance, increased rates of incarceration, and homelessness. They enter into society with few resources and numerous challenges.
Crossroads offers a continuum of transitional living programs, both treatment home and foster care based, that prepare youth in the child welfare system a solid foundation for successful, independent living through building of assets, skills, and resources.