Aging Out…How to Help Transitional Age Youth
Crittenton Services has a long history of helping system-involved children transition out of a residential services environment and into a community-based setting. The goal with our transitional living program efforts, throughout the decades, has been to help young people stay safe, healthy and self-sufficient even when we were no longer their immediate service provider.
During the 1980s, for example, Crittenton Services made one of the first attempts in Orange County, California of establishing a program that specifically helped clients that were about to age out of the system find housing, vocational education, and job opportunities. The program was well regarded and was named the Dora Hill Transition Center after one of our founding board members. At the time it was considered an innovative program as very few organizations prioritized helping system-involved youth age out of the system in a safe manner. Sadly, the program was unable to find a stable financial support system and had to be downsized to a service that helped clients prepare for the emancipation process.
Today, we have been fortunate to revive our efforts in doing what we can to help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty among Southern California’s former system-involved youth. We know the dire statistics, all too well, and Crittenton Services wants to continue to help respond to the challenges transitional age youth experience once aging out of the system.
We are proud to add Crittenton’s Stepping Stones Program for Transitional Age Youth as part of the overall continuum of care program model that Crittenton Services is known for. Our hope is that we will continue to help and advocate for young adults aging out of the system in a way that is beneficial to them and to the larger community as a whole.
Who Are Our Clients
- We work with young adults with no family support systems between the ages of 21 to 24
- Primarily work with young adults who have aged out of the foster care system
- We also work with pregnant/parenting young mothers, young fathers and former crossover youth that were system-involved (foster care and/or juvenile justice)
- Have experienced complex traumas
- Are committed in breaking the cycle of continued system-involvement
- Are committed in getting the help they need to live healthy and productive lives
- AND are committed in keeping themselves employed or enrolled in a trade program, community college or 4-year university while using our services
- Housing specialists available to assist clients find stable housing
- Access to Crittenton’s outpatient mental health services
- In-home crisis interventions and counseling
- Parenting skills counseling
- Life skills training
- Case management
- Education and workforce readiness
- Linkages to additional social services and other support services within the community
- Easy access to Crittenton staff for additional support and guidance
For More Information
Should you have any general questions about our Stepping Stones Program for Transitional Age Youth please feel free to connect with us during regular business hours Monday – Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST. We will do everything in our power to provide you with the answers you need, or refer you to an appropriate agency that may be able to assist.
*Please note that we primarily work with various governmental agencies and the courts throughout Los Angeles County responsible for the well-being of transitional age youth. However, we are open to working with other organizations that also need assistance in providing quality transitional youth services to their clients that are primarily based in the Los Angeles County area.
- Crittenton’s Contact Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Crittenton’s Stepping Stones Program Brochure
- Interested in helping former foster youth live a productive life in our Stepping Stones Program? Connect with our donor and volunteer office today!
“Crittenton helps you in the immediate and helps you sustain a good and positive future. Whether it’s going to school, whether it’s finding an apartment, whether its financial support Crittenton has been there for me when they say they’re going to be. Most importantly they’ve provided encouragement and an emotional support system when I needed it the most. And I’m grateful because so many other former foster youth don’t have that help.” Norma Ramos – Stepping Stones Client