LSC's foster care program has grown steadily in South Carolina over the past several years, now serving almost 140 children each year. As more and more young people transition out of foster care, it has become shockingly evident that many struggle as they mature into adulthood. According to the Annie E. Casey Foundation, more than one in five will become homeless; only 58 percent will finish high school by age 19; and only half will be employed by the age of 24. A full 25 percent will be involved in the justice system within two years of leaving care, and 71 percent of the females will be pregnant by the age of 21. This is often because young people transitioning out of foster care have limited life skills and lack the family support necessary to successfully transition to independent living.
$200,000 in seed money to create a new case management service for young people transitioning out of foster care.
LSC will initiate a Florence-based statewide program for South Carolina young people who are transitioning out of foster care up to age 25. By providing professional case management services, LSC expects to help these young people secure stable housing, obtain/maintain employment, and create supportive relationships within the community to enable them to successfully transition to adulthood. Funds will be used to hire case management staff, develop systems that can be modified to fit the needs of each individual, create materials, build support networks, and integrate this program element into LSC's electronic medical records system to track the results of the program. LSC anticipates receiving additional referrals to its existing foster care program as a result of adding this continuation of service, making the program self-supporting within 24 months.
$30,000 to purchase technology to support services for children and young people in foster care across the state.
Foster care caseworkers spend 65 percent of their time out in the community directly interacting with children and families. Tablet computers will be purchased to allow these caseworkers to access data and record their observations in real time, which helps to engage foster parents and children in making more timely treatment decisions.
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