Continued care for fostered teens


Thanks to a grant awarded to Lucas County CASA (Court Appointed Special
Advocates) by the Toledo Community Foundation, the organization is now able to further its services for teens aging out of foster care. The new Emancipating Teen Program focuses on issues unique to this group, including support in developing and implementing specific transition plans, identifying positive adult connections, and achieving positive outcomes following transition out of foster care.
In addition to common teen challenges, fostered teens must cope with the trauma of abuse and neglect, and the struggle of finding financial and emotional support from others as they are without parents who would ordinarily guide them into adulthood. Research reveals that teens aging out of foster care have greater incidences of teen pregnancies, homelessness, unemployment, incarceration, lower academic achievement and substance abuse.
For more information about CASA and the Emancipating Teen Program, or to see how you can help, contact Mary Sawers, Emancipating Teen Specialist at 419-213-6753.