Our comprehensive Guide provides hundreds of contacts, links and phone numbers of schools, services – along with local, state and federal agencies – that can help older youth transition out of foster care and into independent living. Please see the listings below. We believe they will provide valuable help. (We are in the process of developing a section designed for Spanish speaking youth.)
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 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.
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.
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.
Bus and taxi services as well as a nonprofit that helps low-income residents obtain a “vehicle for change.”
(Being constructed; how to have initial version done within a month.)
If you know of a resource that could be added to our Guide – or a resource that we list but is no longer active – please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can revise accordingly.
Change a Child’s Story
Children in foster care who have aCASA volunteer are more likely to succeed in school and adjust to change. And they’re half as likely to re-enter the foster care system later. By getting involved with CASA, you can make all the difference for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect in you community. Get involved, and change a child’s story.