As older orphans and foster children age out of care the trends are heart breaking: homelessness, substance abuse, trafficking, 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:

1) Life Skills Training

2) Spiritual Care and Mentoring

3) Transitional Housing

4.) Career development

5.) Lifelong Church and Community Support Networks.

The Aging Out Initiative works to identify and share successful models from CAFO member organizations that show how the Church can help create healthy life transitions for those aging out of international orphan care and U.S. foster care.

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:

Life Skills Training

Life Skills for Youth Curriculum

Case Study: Orphan's Promise

Orphan’s Promise based in Virginia Beach, Virginia, works to help orphaned and vulnerable children in 50 countries worldwide. The Orphan’s Promise initiative in Kiev, Ukraine in partnership with a Canada-based organization, Lamb International, has developed a Russian-language curriculum entitled “Life Skills for Youth.”

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Spiritual Care and Mentoring

Teen Leadership Solution

Case Study: Teen Leadership Foundation

Teen Leadership Foundation is a national network mobilizing and equipping people to support foster teens. This organization offers support and guidance for teens prior to being “aged-out” of the foster care system.

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Transitional Housing

Jeremiah House

Case Study: LAMb International

Jeremiah House (Tokmok, Krgyzstan) is part of a three-part LAMb International project  focused on demonstrating to local authorities how youth can benefit from help when they graduate from orphanages without support – from 14-years-of-age on. Jeremiah House offers these youth a safe home with a caring adult. They receive mentoring, life skills, work opportunities, counseling, guidance […]

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Career Development

Hope Unlimited (Vocational Training)

Case Study: Hope Unlimited

Hope Unlimited’s young men and women train in a wide range of professional trades/skills, dependent upon local market needs. They also intern with local businesses for a year and live at a transition home for six months. Upon graduation (around the age of 18) each Hope student is guaranteed a job and is given ongoing support through the Graduate Center.

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Support Networks

Life Coaching/Career Connect

Case Study: Orphan Care Alliance (Louisville, Ky.)

Orphan Care Alliance in Louisville, Kentucky brings churches and Christians together in Kentucky and southern Indiana to impact the lives of aging-out foster kids in various ways including offering life coaching support. Christian leaders from local churches take on roles such as case manager, life coaches, “Career Connect” business partners (a ministry of Orphan Care Alliance, […]

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