Our comprehensive guide provides hundreds of contacts, links and phone numbers of schools, services and state and local agencies that can help older youth transition out of foster care and into independent living.
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Education – GED, college and community college programs as well as vocational training in a number of fields, including construction, tourism, nursing, emergency medical technicians, cooking and firefighting. Also, there are a number of links to scholarships and financial aid for students who have been in foster care.
Emergency Services – Emergency phone numbers for fire, police and ambulance as well as for: food, clothing and housing; substance abuse and mental health; domestic violence/sexual abuse; assistance in payment of utility bills, contact phone numbers/websites for area utility companies.
Employment – Prince George’s County government agencies as well as nonprofits that provide job-placement assistance along with: an anti-poverty national service program that pays a stipend, and a listing of area military recruiting stations.
Healthcare – Listing services for a number of health needs, including: dental, alcohol and tobacco addiction; pregnancy; general medical care and mental health.
Housing – Contacts on finding emergency, temporary and/or permanent housing as well as training in independent living skills.
Legal and Financial – Legal aid, including a program designed for low-income Latinos, along with information on how to get and replace personal records, open and operate a banking account and expunge one’s youthful criminal record.
Life Skills – Assistance and training on independent living skills, academic and career skills as well as recreational activities.
Recreation – Libraries, parks and recreation, public pools, free concerts, playgrounds.
Transportation – Bus and taxi services as well as a nonprofit that helps low-income residents obtain a “vehicle for change.”