Transitional and Independent Living Programs

 

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 educational, work and life skills training to prepare them to make positive life decisions and become productive citizens.

 

Overview of Programs

The United Methodist Children’s Home Transitional and Independent Living programs provide safe, community-based housing for youth and young adults.

 

Transitional Living Program (TLP) Criteria:

  • 18 -20 years of age
  • In DFCS Care
  •  A  high school diploma or GED
  • A minimum of  $1,000 in savings
  • Employed at least 15-20 per week and/or enrolled in school full-time
  • Willing to participate in daily life skills  with a focus on financial management (budgeting and saving), home management, education and employment/career goals and adhering to mental and physical health requirements

 

 Independent Living Program (ILP) Criteria: 

  • 17 1/2 – 20 years of age
  • In DFCS Care
  • Enrolled in secondary school or have a plan to complete high school or obtain a GED
  • Enrolled or have a plan to pursue post-secondary education or career track
  • Employed or have the  ability to obtain employment within 45 days of program entry
  • Willing to participate in daily life skills  with a focus on financial management (budgeting and saving), home management, education and employment/career goals and adhering to mental and physical health requirements
  • Ability to adhere to program expectations

 

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 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.

 

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.

 

We encourage each young adult to use the services provided and become aware of his or her own natural gifts and talents.

 

Why The United Methodist 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.

 

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Email us at ILPREFERRAL@umchildrenshome.org for more information about our Transitional and Independent Living programs.