Foster youth get a helping hand

Many 17-year-olds ‘aging out’ of the foster care system face uncertainty.

Some of these young adults are still finishing high school. Most lack a family support system to fall back on.

“On their 18th birthday, they would just age out of the system,” Young Adult Services Team Manager Melody Kohr said. “They would be solely responsible for their own well-being. If we were not involved they would have to locate their own housing, pay for everything and pay for their own medical.”

Fortunately for Florida teens that is where Families First Network of Lakeview Young Adult Services comes in.

In Florida services do not abruptly stop for foster children on their 18th birthday. Programs such as extended foster care, stipends and tuition exemption give these foster teens an easier transition into adulthood.

Extended Foster Care (EFC) provides assistance to adults ages 18-21. EFC provides housing options and resources to allow young adults to continue pursuing their education or careers.

Read the full article in the June 23 issue of Navarre Press. Click HERE to subscribe online to your community newspaper.

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