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  Transitioning youth, ages 12-24, need assistance bridging the gap between existing programs and services, and the youths’ cultural tendency to mistrust the system that provides these programs and services; Peace4Kids provides that bridge through its Emancipation Services Program.

“My resource specialist never gave up on me”

"I have been given the courage to face my fears and I don’t have to do it alone.”




Providing a far greater depth of service, this program serves youth up to seven days a week, preparing them with invaluable skills as they ready themselves to “age out” of the foster care system. The program provides intensive supports and services that enable youth to access the most basic and vital of community services during the years before and after aging out, and is uniquely positioned to steward these teens into adulthood.

All transitioning youth need better access to physical and mental health services, as well as vocational counseling, transitional housing consultation, and general guidance regarding self-sufficiency. Though these services exist for emancipated youth, these “new adults” do not know how to access them.

Trained Resource Specialists, part of the full-time staff at Peace4Kids, assist youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood by connecting them with these life lines, as well as teaching them basic life skills such as understanding how to manage finances and developing basic soft skills that will aide them in whatever career path they may choose. The practical realities of finding a home or a job can be a daunting task that is wrought with the potential of crisis and confusion. For this reason, a Resource Specialist is on-call 24 hours a day.

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