Like most people I love to peruse social media for news of the day or for interesting insights on subjects I care about. Recently I read a very compelling and honest article titled, “Pipeline to Homelessness: Aging out of the Foster Care System.” The article details the challenges teens face as they age out of the foster care system.
Because of my work at Gladney, I was familiar with the very bleak outcomes associated with teens aging of foster care. Outcomes including, homelessness, trauma and mental illness, unplanned pregnancy and criminal activity, but what I liked about the article was the call to action for hope. And this is where I see Gladney. We can work together and be the hope for these kids. Because there is a surprisingly simple answer. Find homes for children who need them. Gladney believes every child deserves a loving and caring home. I am very proud and excited about the focus Gladney is giving this issue. New initiatives include:
- Gladney home for girls in foster care between the ages of 11-18 with a focus on finding a loving, caring and permanent family for the girls in the home.
- Long-term programming for women who age out of the foster care system. Next Steps is a program that provides job and life skills training and support to girls who are aging out of the foster care system.
- Foster Care Task Force dedicated to understanding and solving the challenges associated with finding permanent homes for children in care.
- Providing long-term education and support to families who are adopting children from foster care. Creating strong families!
If you believe we can be a part of the solution to children aging out of foster care, I ask you to please consider the following.