Aging Out Initiative
Spiritual Care & Mentoring
Lifesong for Orphans
CASE STUDY: Constant Christian Presence & Graduate Program
In order to provide Biblical training, Lifesong hires national Christians who work in several government-run orphanages on a full-time basis. In each orphanage, Lifesong renovates a room supplied with books, games, and videos where children can come to learn in a comfortable and safe environment. Appropriately, these rooms are titled ‘room of hope and trust’.
This Constant Christian Presence (CCP) program provides mentorship and discipleship, improved living conditions, one-on-one counseling, group Bible study, job skills training, music lessons, and computer skills training.
Graduate Program: To transition successfully into adult life, graduates need the support and accountability a church family provides. Lifesong provides transitional housing and encourages lasting relationships with weekly Bible studies, counseling, and transportation to church activities. This program also provides unique opportunities for mentoring.
Email Andy Lehman, Vice President of Lifesong for Orphans
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Watch Zap, Ukraine Video: Constant Christian Presence and Transition Housing for Aging Out Orphans
Watch Natasha’s Story: Constant Christian Presence
CASE STUDY: Hope Program
In the countries we serve, children age out of orphanages long before they are ready to transition to independent living. Back2Back invites children who are on the brink of aging out of a children’s home to participate in the Hope Program, a Christian residential family-style care program for orphans and vulnerable children. Living in a family-style setting with house parents, students are mentored spiritually, supported through scholarships and tutoring, and encouraged to finish high school and college. They have regular appointments with a licensed counselor and work through their history and past trauma both in individualized and group counseling sessions. The Hope Program is a critical alternative for teenagers who would otherwise have limited options.
Email Steve Ross
CASE STUDY: 18-Month Transition Program
The Phased In Project currently has campuses in Wichita Falls and Dallas TX and is a transitional living program for emancipated foster youth. The goal of Phased IN is to assist these young adults in learning basic life skills that will prepare them for independent living. Phased IN will provide housing, education, medical care and life skills training through an 18-month program. With the combined partnership of the church, the community, and the State of Texas, Phased IN will embrace these youth who were never adopted to ensure that these young adults achieve self-sufficiency and stability. Finally, Phased IN will provide the most vital and missing dynamic in the lives of these young adults – Family.
Email Lolita Baker, Phased IN Administrator
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CASE STUDY: Girls Restoration Initiative / Home for Girls
Fishhook International, based in Lexington, Kentucky, is building support for work in India to care for widows and orphans, to mentor and train leaders and to launch sustainable community development initiatives.
Amongst many initiatives one that stands out is The Girls Restoration Initiative, which provides life skills to young women who are in an extremely vulnerable situation in the slums of Kolkata. The program provides training to 20 girls at a time train either in computer skills or tailoring. Each girl goes to the training center for a half day every day for one year to complete the program; at the end of the year they are equipped to land a job and provide for themselves and their families.
The Home for Girls in Bangalore is another ministry that provides vocational training and a loving residential environment for teenage girls. Not only do the girls develop a life skill they can use to support themselves financially, but they also receive Biblical counseling and mentoring. Many of them have suffered emotional trauma and mental distress because of the past circumstances they have endured. The goal of the ministry is to help them find healing and wholeness in the Lord as well as a vocational skill so that they live as healthy women who can raise healthy families of their own.
Email Kim Turkington, Executive Director
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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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4Kids of South Florida
CASE STUDY: Spirit of Success Institute
4KIDS, located in South Florida created the Spirit of Success Institute (SOSI), which was born out of the desire to build community and offer real resources for success to young adults. 4KIDS Spirit of Success Institute (SOSI) exists to guide young men and women as they transition out of foster care and into independence. SOSI offers a 2-year Transitional Independent Living residential program.
Since its start in 2005, SOSI has served over 180 residents. Today, SOSI consists of 2 homes for young men and 2 homes for young women in Broward County. Each home consists of 4 residents and 2 Residential Advisors (RA). RA’s are there for guidance, accountability, and community—in fact, some of our RA’s are former SOSI residents!SOSI residents gain confidence to transition into independence through completing their GED or furthering their education, gaining employment skills, as well as completing career development resources and internships, life skills classes, and financial management training. Most importantly, residents develop relationships and connections with staff and volunteers who help guide and mentor them in successful living.
Email De Kelly
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Teen Leadership Foundation
CASE STUDY: Teen Leadership Solution
Teen Leadership Foundation is a national network mobilizing and equipping people to support foster teens. This organization offers support and guidance for teens prior to being “aged-out” of the foster care system. Their programs provide avenues in which the teens can enter the adult world having a support basis surrounding them. Their programs offer faith, hope and avenues for success. Teen Leadership Foundation is now offering a new e-booklet, Teen Leadership Solution, explaining more about their program of spiritual care and mentoring and more.
Email Lisa Castetter, President of Teen Leadership Foundation
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Download e-booklet, Teen Leadership Solution
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