Our programs continue to lead Georgia in providing foster youth ages 18-21 with skills to succeed on their own as independent adults. Our residents receive education and work and life skills training to prepare them to make positive life decisions and become productive citizens.
How do these programs work?
The Children’s Home partners with foster care youth ages 18-21 who are willing to develop life and vocational skills, create an educational plan, and work part time. We provide our residents with a safe, comfortable, fully-furnished apartment on or off campus, where the individual lives until they have reached mutually agreed-upon goals, which is typically 6-18 months or until the age of 21.
Why are these programs needed?
The foster care system does not fully equip youth with the life skills and support network they will need to succeed on their own. These young adults have faced abuse and have no family on which to rely, and as they begin to leave the system at age 18, they face a real risk of homelessness, incarceration and hopelessness. Many drop out of high school. They need a skill-building environment to teach, encourage, and equip them to become productive members of society.
The Independent Living Program empowers and emotionally supports individuals to help them make the transition from foster care to independent adulthood. The program is perfect for youth who are responsible, goal-oriented, self-motivated and determined to be successful. Our staff provides 24-hour support to the youth, who are housed in studio-style apartments on our campus. Staff also teach youth to maintain skills of daily living; support and guide them to obtain spiritual, educational, vocational and employment opportunities; help them obtain medical and mental health services as needed; and much more.
The Transitional Living Program allows young adults in the foster care system to live in the community in their own homes while continuing to participate in a structured program that teaches and supports continued development of essential life skills.
We encourage each young adult to use the services provided and become aware of his or her own natural gifts and talents.
Why the Children’s Home?
We believe that all children need a sense of belonging, useful education, solid values, and generosity to be emotionally and spiritually healthy.
We are a faith-based agency that serves all clients regardless of religion, gender, age, and race. We are accredited by the council on Accreditation and Eagle and our programs continue to be at the top of the state’s performance scoring system.
For more information about our Independent and Transitional Living programs, call (404) 327-5852.