In response to expressed interest among congregants in the North District and a request from the Children’s Attorney Project, a new ministry is being developed to serve youth aging out of the foster care system. We will be primarily focusing on youth pursuing a college education, so we will collaborate with all UMC congregations in the area, the Department of Family Services, and the university community. Toni Chance will be coordinating the development of this new outreach ministry as a part of her seminary education at the Iliff School of Theology.
An average of almost 2500 reports of alleged maltreatment are received each month in Clark County, resulting in about 300 families a month having their children placed in out-of-home-care (foster homes or kinship/relative homes) for some period of time. Youth ages 14 and older are provided with specialized services aimed at preparing them for independent living after their time in foster care, but the services are limited. Often, young people age out of the foster care system with little to no support, placing them at risk for a wide range of problems.
Expect to hear more in the coming months about how you can be involved by providing supplies and other material support, serving as a mentor, or otherwise using your skills and talents to encourage and advise this amazing group of youth and young adults.