As older orphans age out of care, the trends are heart breaking: homelessness, substance abuse, prostitution, crime and incarceration await many who lack adequate support networks. We believe that the Church is called to step into that gap, opening doors to promising futures for these children through holistic life transition programs including: Christ-centered spiritual care and mentoring, transitional housing, life skills preparation, vocational skills training and more.
The Aging Out Initiative is designed to identify and disseminate best practices, promising models and other resources to enable successful transitions for youth aging out of care within the developing world. In time, an additional U.S.-focused component will be added as well.
NOTE: The models highlighted here each focus on only one aspect of the broader, holistic approach to supporting aging-out orphans taken by the profiled organizations.
Promising Practices in Five Key Areas for Successful Life Transitions: