The foster care system evolved with removing children from unsafe environments and placing them with families that would care and provide for them until they could be reunited with their families. Foster care is the only acceptable option for helping children in need of care. Even though it is well-intentioned the reality is that the outcome of the lives of the children in care is profoundly disconnected. 65% of foster youth attended more than 7 different schools from kindergarten to the age of 12. They are moved from home to home, separating from familiar social circles and lose the opportunity to make lasting relationships. They often endure abuse, neglect, and depression. It’s no wonder that this population leaves the foster care home unprepared for their future.
There are no long-term plans for higher education even though the majority when asked would like to attend college. They have lost contact with teachers, guidance counselors and important people who have the ability to help to make going to college possible. Very few youths have work experience or, marketable skills so they tend to fall through the cracks experiencing poverty, homelessness, incarceration, unplanned pregnancies, and addictions at a much higher rate than their non-foster care peers.
These children were removed from their homes through no fault or their own and have now become a ward of the state. They are amongst our most vulnerable citizens. Now they are our children and need our help. As a community, we should take the responsibility of support and preparing them for their future. We can help them now, or when they are in jail or homeless shelters.
Bridging the gaps in Education, employment, home economics and more
Nurturing parenting skills are an alternative to abusive and neglecting parenting and child-rearing practices. This program is sensitive to the needs of young parents and teaches them how to properly care for and nurture both themselves and their children. It explores and educates parents on the effects of positive parenting in a family. The long-term goals are to reduce the cycles of intergenerational abuse.
Broadening career choices and opening paths to professions that are often overlooked and under-enrolled by minorities. A tour and introduction to the Broward Fire Academy revealed opportunities for men and women to professions that provide a sense of pride while protecting lives, property and the environment.
Independence Drive offers eligible youths an opportunity to gain a Florida Driver’s License. Drivers education is often a forgotten milestone in the life of a youth in foster care. This program is streamlined making the application and process simple and at no cost to the applicant
Funded by BSO Law Enforcement Trust Fund Program