if you are an adolescent in foster care and have no parents or guardians, how do you transition into independent living?
Many of us remember that stressful age between the teen years and adulthood, and the challenge of making good choices. Often young people have not been taught or have simply not had the time to practice the skills necessary to survive on their own in the world. Teenagers emancipating from the foster care system are particularly vulnerable at this age. As support from systems of care drops away they may end up jobless, homeless or in the correctional system. TLC identiﬁed a growing need to assist these youth to move towards successful independence, and to build strong connections within their local communities.
In 2005, TLC
began operating the Transitional Housing Placement Program
) with the County of Sonoma Human Services Department. THPP
gives young people, ages 16-18, the opportunity to learn critical life skills from professional staﬀ. In 2007, the Transitional Housing Placement Plus
-Plus) program was initiated with the goals of continued support and assistance in independent living skills to young adults, ages 18-24.
In 2012 TLC
started running the Transitional Housing Placement-Plus-Foster Care Program
is designed speciﬁcally for a youth beyond age 18 and up to age 21 who has opted to remain in foster care as a Non-Minor Dependent. This transitional housing program option is for young adults who are not ready to exit out of foster care, but are ready to obtain more self-suﬃciency and independence.
Youth from TLC’s residentially-based group homes, Journey High School and foster youth from Sonoma County and surrounding communities can apply for transitional housing assistance.
For these programs to succeed, TLC partners with landlords and homeowners for safe apartments and homes for youth meeting the criteria for independent living.