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Easing the Transition into Adulthood

For youth impacted by the foster care system without reuniting with their birth family or being adopted, the transition to adulthood can be fraught with hurdles. On average, youth exiting care without adult support face grim statistics:

  • 42% will be convicted of a crime.
  • 20% experience instant homelessness.
  • 70% of girls become pregnant by age 21.

Stories About Who We Serve

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A Fresh Start: Emma’s Story

During an intake call, a FosterAdopt Connect Community Connections YouThrive (CCYT) specialist met Emma*—a youth who didn’t hold back her tears when describing the abuse she was experiencing at the hands of her boyfriend. She began to describe a toxic relationship...
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We All Need Somebody to Lean On: Ashley’s Story

As a young girl, Ashley had very little stability in her life. In foster care since the age of 14 due to neglect, she bounced between several homes without any sense of permanency. Ashley became pregnant during high school, giving birth to her son, Ashton. During this...
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Life After Foster Care: How CCYT Uplifts Former Foster Youth

Entering adulthood is never easy. FosterAdopt Connect’s Community YouThrive (CCYT) helps older foster youth navigate the struggles of being thrust into adulthood after aging out of foster care.

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Aging Out and Moving Up

When her caretaker unexpectedly passes, a high school senior must move to a new placement and risk her dreams of college.

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Navigating Motherhood

A story about an incredible young woman who overcame domestic abuse, drugs and the legal system to be reunited with her child.

Connecting Youth with Invaluable Resources

FosterAdopt Connect’s Community Connections YouThrive (CCYT) helps current and former foster youth, ages 17-24 (26 in Missouri), navigate the struggles of approaching adulthood without a solid support system. As foster care alumni, our case managers offer a unique perspective on how to transition from foster care to self-sufficiency because they have made that leap themselves.

We connect youth to resources in several areas, including housing, higher education, employment, healthcare, finances, social supports, transportation, legal advocacy, and more. Our goal is to see young adults find stable housing, secure employment, and develop the necessary skills to thrive in adulthood. 

 Additionally,  matched savings assists young adults in meeting critical monetary goals through financial education and matched savings accounts. Savings may be used for expenses such as cars, housing, education, and employment! 

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Social Support

We help youth reconnect with family members, friends, and others who will come alongside them and celebrate their milestones as they navigate adulthood.


A lot goes into landing a job: a professional resume, completing applications, interviewing, and having access to quality employment services. We help every step of the way to that steady paycheck.

Basic Needs

Adulthood can be overwhelming. Our food pantry and clothing closet help young adults meet their most basic needs. We also provide assistance in obtaining a driver’s license and navigating legal matters.


Finding affordable, permanent housing can be difficult. We assist young adults with HUD applications, apartment hunting, moving, and budgeting.

Physical/Mental Health

We provide assistance in helping youth to find a primary care physician, therapy, medical and pharmaceutical care, and with understanding how Medicaid works.


We help young adults make informed decisions about their higher education goals. This includes career assessment, ACT prep, trade school enrollment, and financial aid. We even go on college visits!

Mentor Foster Youth

Volunteer to become a mentor for youth in foster care.

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