RECENT GRANTS RECEIVED
THE RASKOB FOUNDATION AWARDS $50,000 TO CATHOLIC GUARDIAN SERVICES.
The Raskob Foundation has awarded $25,000 to the Youth Employment Services Program for Youth Aging out of Foster Care and $25,000 for our Parenting Resource Center which provides parenting skills to mothers and families facing challenges. “We are most grateful to the Raskob Foundation for their support of these two essential programs that mean so much to the people we serve” says Craig Longley, Executive Director of Catholic Guardian Services.
The Youth Employment Services is a program that provides job skills to youth aging out of foster care and other young people in Child Welfare. We provide soft skills and coaching so that our young people have a chance at obtaining employment so that they can join the workforce.
The Parenting Resource Center, which is offered from our offices in the Bronx at 1780 Grand Concourse, serves more than a thousand people each year. Mothers and fathers receive the necessary training to help them understand the role they play in raising their children. This program helps strengthen the family bond and make the difference in countless lives.
PERMANENCY PACT INITIATIVE
Catholic Guardian Services, Good Shepherd Services, and HeartShare St. Vincent's Services team to launch new Permanency Pact Initiative designed to match lifelong, supportive adults with older teens in foster care Transitioning into adulthood brings about a number of challenges for all young people, but can be particularly overwhelming for youth in care and those who have aged out of care. Without the benefits of older adults and family to provide guidance and support, foster youth are at a significant disadvantage when it comes to meeting even their most basic needs: finding a place to live, preparing for a job, becoming financially literate, and feeling secure and loved. Permanency Pacts provide young people with a responsible adult who has pledged to provide ongoing support and guidance as they navigate adulthood. Developed by Foster Club of America, Permanency Pacts create a formalized, facilitated process to connect youth in foster care with supportive adults who then choose from 45 specific supports that they agree to provide — from offering a place to spend the holidays, to career counseling, house hunting, and offering spiritual guidance.
The Redlich Horwitz Foundation has provided funding of approximately $500,000 over two years to support the agencies as they work with older teens in foster care with a permanency planning goal of “Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement” (APPLA) to identify adults able to provide a lifelong connection. You Gotta Believe will be designing and delivering training to the young people and adults to support these relationships as they develop, and an evaluation and case study will also be produced.
It is the goal of the Initiative to demonstrate how Permanency Pacts can be useful within the Solutions Based Casework model and across all agencies in the NYC child welfare system so that no young person ages out of foster care alone.