Transitioning from Foster Care

Research shows that young adults leaving the system are more likely to have health problems, have no health insurance, report being homeless at least once and have a history of unemployment and financial hardship. Many are alone for the first time after years of out of home care and are actually afraid to live alone.

Transitioning foster youth often do not have the advantages of a healthy, supportive family, yet they are expected to cope with adult situations when they are not fully prepared to do so. It's My Move is a new approach that is designed to honor the young adult's responsible choices and good decision making while gradually phasing them into independence. Supporting those decisions is critical to their future success and the future strength of our community. It's My Move gives them a safety net and a chance to turn things around if they stumble along the way.

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