Aging Out Initiative
Church and Community Support
Orphan Care Alliance
CASE STUDY: Life Coaching & Career Connect
Orphan Care Alliance in Louisville, Kentucky brings churches and Christians together in Kentucky and southern Indiana to impact the lives of aging-out foster kids in various ways including offering life coaching support. Christian leaders from local churches take on roles such as case manager, life coaches, “Career Connect” business partners (a ministry of Orphan Care Alliance, designed to help match foster care youth, ages 16-21, with an employer who will provide them an opportunity to learn a trade), featured speakers for life coaching events, life coaching professionals for particular youth needs and more.
The Alliance has been working with the State Government and private child care providers in reaching out to those kids in institutional living and foster care as early in their teen age years as possible.
Email Darren Washausen, Executive Director, Orphan Care Alliance
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Teen Leadership Foundation
CASE STUDY: The Launch Pad
Teen Leadership Foundation (TLF) is a nationwide organization with a mission to build and/or expand outreach in the Church to transitional age foster youth. TLF bridges the gap of a protective government with a proactive Church. TLF has created at unique model that many Church’s and faith-based non-profits have adopted.
- Programs – TLF equips the church to provide leadership, community, relationship, and education for teens in foster care – through tools such as Leadership Camps, Youth Groups, Mentorship and Independent Living Skills.
- Resources – TLF has a comprehensive guide for church leaders to bring their teen programs to the local community.
- The Launch Pad – (TLP) is a family based housing community designed to be a safe runway as emancipated youth soar to true freedom
Email Lisa Castetter, Founder & CEO
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CASE STUDY: Church to Church Partnerships
Established in 1993, World Orphans has worked to help churches rescue and care for orphans in almost 50 countries. In the first 13 years of ministry, World Orphans helped churches around the world build almost 500 children’s homes. In 2006 World Orphans transitioned to a more holistic approach to orphan care, engaging local churches around the world in the prevention and delay of orphans as well as residential care. Today World Orphans is passionately committed to partnering churches in the US with churches around the world to meet the needs of orphaned and vulnerable children in a holistic way.
Some of those in-country church partnerships include residential care: Built on church property, these homes house 8-12 children who are cared for by a couple from the church. More than just a temporary solution, these adults have made a lifelong commitment to welcome the children into this new family. As well as transition homes: In some key strategic cities, World Orphans church partners operate transition homes for older street children or children aging out of institutional, often government-run, orphanages.
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