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CASA’s New Program: Fostering Futures

Voices for Children/CASA, previously CASA of Southeast Missouri, has been a part of the social services community in Bollinger, Cape Girardeau and Perry Counties for over 20 years.  During that time our volunteers have provided advocacy for children ages birth to age 18 as we continue to do.

Recently we have begun a new program, Fostering Futures, to assist youth ages 14-18 who will most likely not be adopted to facilitate their successful transition from foster care to adulthood. 

Unfortunately, foster youth who age out of care are some of the most vulnerable of our youth. Statistics tell us that within 2-4 years after aging out of foster care: 

  • 25% are homeless
  • 48% are unemployed
  • 50% have no medical care
  • 15% have been convicted of a crime
  • 29% have been incarcerated
  • 25% suffer from PTSD.

-and that teens who have been in foster care are twice as likely to lack a high school diploma or a GED as the general population.

Interventions such as are a part of the Fostering Futures Program can help vulnerable youth to set achievable goals and to learn the skills and receive the education to allow for a successful transition from foster care to adulthood.  The Fostering Futures volunteer work with the youth twice a month on goals and visit with them at least once a week to check on their welfare, concerns and just to be the support that they need in their lives.  

If you have an interest in youth and their futures and would like to help call Brook Huber at (573) 335-1726 for more information.

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