Toni was 5 years old when she landed in the foster care system.
Eventually, a lawyer, Kathleen Dumitrescu, found a home for Toni through one of Georgia’s only therapeutic foster care providers, Creative Community Services, where she lives in an apartment setting called an “enhanced home”, a stable living environment for foster kids with unique challenges that make living in a traditional foster home difficult.
But now, Toni is “aging out” of foster care.
And she has absolutely nowhere to go and no one to look out for her.
Georgia’s Foster Care Crisis
Children legally “age out” of foster care at the age of 21. They often struggle with mental health issues, require medication, are unable to hold down a full time job and have emotional and financial struggles. They have no family, no safety net, and few of the life skills needed to live independently and safely.
What we’re doing about the crisis
Creative Community Services is a non-profit founded on creating innovative solutions for adults with developmental disabilities and foster children in need of specialized care. Now, we’d like to propose new, thoughtful solutions to Georgia’s crises related to foster teens and youth.
We aim to offer life-changing support to youth with mental health and intellectual challenges who age out of foster care. They would live in an Enhanced Home, an apartment with mentors instead of foster parents. In this setting, Toni and others like her can have a home and guidance to learn skills for success. But we can’t do it without you. We need your support to make the following ideas a reality.
Foster Teens, Pregnancy, and a Vicious Cycle
Teen Parent Connection
OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE
$560,000 IN 2 YEARS
Our goal is to raise $560,000 by June of 2021. To launch these programs, we need to raise the first half of this goal by June of 2020.
Donate to Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Open the Door So They Can SOAR
Have questions or would like to send us a message? Call our office at 770-469-6226 or contact us here.