Resources for Aged-Out Youth

Imagine when you turned 18 that you had to leave your home with no more support or contact with your family. Youth who are aging out of foster care often facing this reality and are left with few resources as they work to navigate their young adulthood.

A Place 4 Me

What is A Place 4 Me? It is not an actual place, but rather an idea that all youth will have a place, specifically those youth who have high risks for homelessness and are in transition from leaving the child welfare system or other systems. A Place 4 Me is an initiative that coordinates the planning and implementation of local efforts to improve outcomes for transition age youth in the areas of:
  • Housing,
  • Employment,
  • Education,
  • Permanency,
  • Physical And Mental Health,
  • Financial Capability,
  • Social Capital.

More information about A Place 4 Me.


The Open Table Model


Open Table is a group-mentoring resource that can assist youths who have aged out of the foster care system.

What is it?
  • It is a WITH YOU model. This is a team of mentors who stick WITH you in your life.
  • It is an OPPORTUNITY to be surrounded by 6-8 caring adults.
  • It is a CHANCE for you to think about your life, your dreams, your goals, and your plans that you would like input on from real people in the community.
  • It is a VOLUNTARY commitment to meet weekly for up to a year and get to know some really fun people. You have to be at least 18 to get a table. You have to be willing to go through all of what is described above and some paperwork. You may not be ready right at 18 for a table, but Open Table is for young adults 18-24 years of age. We just want to tell you about this group-mentoring model now so you can keep it in your toolbox of possible options for later.

For more information online: www.theopentable.org/resources or email Amber Donovan directly at amberdonovan@theopentable.org


Purple Umbrella

PURPOSE - The purpose of the Purple Umbrella Task Force is to improve collaboration among Cuyahoga County Division of Children & Family Services, adult serving agencies, faith-based community groups and the business community to better meet the needs of youth who have aged out of foster care.

GOAL - The goal is to improve the availability of and access to needed services and supports within the community, for youth who have aged out of foster care.
The Purple Umbrella Task Force is focused on developing a stable resource network of community partners which is sensitive to the disparities facing youth who have aged out of foster care, and are now “living on their own, but not alone.”

Please contact Danielle Green-Welch, (216) 881-5786 or Danielle.green-welch@jfs.ohio.gov for more information.