When a young person ages out of foster care, it doesn’t always mean they are ready to lead a healthy, independent, successful life. That’s why SAFE is developing a Foster Alumni Program.
Why we need a Foster Alumni Program
- Each year, around 1,500 Texas youth age out of the foster care system
- An estimated 1 in 5 of youth aging out of foster will become homeless
- 1 in 4 will face the justice system within two years
Alumni from SAFE’s Austin Children’s Shelter Campus often return for support from our caring staff. In the last two weeks, we’ve seen 13 alumni. Some ask for one-time assistance, but others are homeless, emaciated, and in need of serious treatment.
SAFE is committed to formalizing an alumni program, which will provide education and career assistance, financial assistance based on assessment of need, snacks, and basic material items. Youth can gather with peers and access a stable, familiar support system of adults and resources.
A little support can be the difference between continuing on a path of success and a life-changing setback.
How we’re creating this program
Over the past year, Women of Hope — a women’s collective giving circle that passionately supports SAFE’s work on the ACS Campus — has championed the development of the Foster Care Alumni Program.
The Women of Hope are working with ACS’s expert directors to pilot this program, beginning with focus groups with youth who aged out of foster care. The Women of Hope are using their time, talent, and treasure for the good of our young people who have no support.
If you’d like to help our efforts, consider donating here.
To learn more about how you can help SAFE’s Foster Care Alumni Program, please contact Kimberly Gifford, Director of Development, at 512.577.4149 or [email protected].