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.
If you know of a resource that could be added to our Guide – or a resource that we list but is no longer active – please notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can revise accordingly.
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.)
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.”
Spanish – (Being constructed; how to have initial version done within a month.)