Young people exiting foster care often seek independence, but they may not yet have the skills to navigate the challenges of everyday life upon leaving the highly structured foster care system.
Most young adults are not mature enough to navigate the challenges of everyday life just because they turn 18. For youth leaving the foster care system, this desire for independence can be especially challenging. Without a family to guide them, they may struggle with decisions about where to live, how much rent they can afford, whether to go to college or vocational school, and how they will support themselves.
Walden’s transitional housing plus foster care program, the parenting classes for teens and young adults, and extended care program provide youth with support and guidance in developing critical thinking, planning and decision making skills as they transition to adulthood.