When a child turns 18 or graduates from high school ... when they are no longer eligible to remain in the state’s foster care system ... what happens then? Within a year, many are homeless. Or pregnant. Or involved in sex trafficking. Or all three.
What if, instead, these young adults experienced first-hand the power of belonging to a family - even after age 18. The simple things like calling home for a recipe, having someone to call when you've gotten a speeding ticket, and knowing that there's someone in this world who knows what your favorite meal is and will cook it for you. Every child deserves those things.
Connection Homes is dedicated to connecting young adults who are alone and have aged out of foster care to caring, stable families with committed adults who will walk with them through life. They operate on three over-arching principles.
Lifelong Connections - When we say "forever" we mean it. We're committed to loving you, empowering you, and walking beside you forever. There will always be a welcome mat at our door for you.
Family-Based Homes - Our family-based home environments will serve as a healthy model for family and relationships.
Our Sons & Daughters - The young men and women who enter our homes aren't simply residents of a treatment or transitional facility - they are family. In our family, we commit to helping you find identity, belonging, acceptance and guidance.
Within this framework, and as these young adults are making the important transition between childhood and adulthood, Connections Homes families are there to train, guide and direct these sons and daughters. Community mentors, peer relations, life skills, homemaking skills, and therapy will be among the areas where they receive guidance and training.
Their grant will be used to help start up their program and train the families who will welcome these new sons and daughters into their forever families.