Children who are part of the foster care system in Stark County will eventually reach the age of 18 and age out of the program. Just like anyone else, these young adults may have medical and mental health care needs. But unlike other young people, once they age out of foster care, they no longer have the same financial and emotional backing at home.
Unfortunately, these young people rarely receive the emotional and behavioral health services they need because of a lack of insurance and family support. But thankfully, a safety net is available in Stark County to help connect these young adults with independent living specialists, social workers and community counselors to successfully transition to adulthood.
This transition to adulthood can be a difficult and uncertain time. In addition to emotional and mental health supports, it is important that these young people have a plan in place to ensure they have a roof over their head, food on the table and access to transportation and employment. Find local programs and resources dedicated to supporting teens and young adults with help for emancipation, mentorship and independent living.
So whether you are looking for mental health support for those still in foster care or those aging out, below are a number of resources to help.
For young people aging out of the foster care system, social services and supports are available from Stark County Job & Family Services (SCJFS):
College fund for youth in the foster system to pursue higher education.
Resources for work, school, housing, finances, health and legal support as young people age out of the foster system.
Helping young adults to take control of their money, so they are able to budget and thrive financially.
Tips to help foster youth prepare for money management, staying healthy, finding transportation, building relationships and more.
Learn about the challenges facing young adults aging out of foster care and solutions for a successful transition to adulthood.