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Toni was 5 years old when she landed in the foster care system.

Authorities had discovered that her half-sister was pregnant by their father. Toni and her siblings were placed in the system. Not surprisingly, Toni had significant behavioral problems characteristic of people who have experienced extreme abuse. She was repeatedly kicked out of foster care homes and ended up in an institution.

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.

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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.

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foster youth have access to less resources than non-foster youth
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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.

Enhanced Homes

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.

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Foster Teens, Pregnancy, and a Vicious Cycle

Foster teen girls face another crisis even earlier than when they age out. Nationally, by the age of 19, half of teen girls in foster care report having been pregnant.

 

Unfortunately, children of teen parents are more likely to be abused, neglected and placed in foster care, repeating a dark and haunting cycle for babies of foster teens and for our community.
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Teen Parent Connection

 

Creative Community Services offers a Teen Parent Connection program to provide support, guidance and assistance for teen mothers and fathers to succeed as adults and parents.

 

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OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE

$560,000 IN 2 YEARS

 

 

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Creative Community Services’ therapeutic foster care programs are funded by the state and select grants. However, we require community funding for the new enhanced home component for foster kids who are aging out and for our Teen Parent Connection program.

 

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.

 

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