Wesley House Family Services provides a variety of critical services for young people exiting foster care to transition to self-sufficiency as adults without the customary love and support of a traditional family.
Services for Foster Children
While children are in foster care, Wesley House provides Independent Living courses in two stages, one for ages 13 through 15 and a second for ages 16 through 17, to teach them skills to help them graduate successfully to independence. The Independent Living courses assist foster youth to develop practical skills in budgeting and money management, resume preparation, job networking, banking, grocery shopping and nutritional meal reparation. Committed business and community leaders share their expertise with our foster children during these sessions.
Services for Foster Young Adults
Wesley House continues to offer help to young adults transitioning out of foster care, from ages 18 to 23, with financial, social, educational and vocational options. The Road to Independence program offers scholarships to young adults aging out of foster care to provide financial assistance while the former foster youth is enrolled in a full-time educational program. Tuition is waived at any Florida public college, university or vocational school and the student receives a monthly stipend for living expenses such as rent, utilities and food. Wesley House staff also help foster young adults with transitional financial assistance to purchase the basic necessities of setting up a home and to apply for Medicaid when appropriate. But sometimes the most important help we offer these young adults is a shoulder to cry on during a rough spot or encouragement to pursue an employment opportunity; the sorts of guidance and support traditionally provided by caring parents.