Independent Living Arrangement

Journey Home is continually striving to identify and overcome areas of need in substitute care for the youth that we serve. As part of our Foster Care Program, we offer a thriving Independent Living Program that has been quite beneficial in preparing youth in foster care for emancipation and transitioning into adulthood, including lighting the path for youth to transition to the Ohio Bridges Program. However, despite our efforts, we believe there continues to be a “gap” for youth during this transitioning phase, as they emancipate from the foster care system that does not allow them the opportunities to truly develop “independence” successfully. While in foster care, youth and families must adhere to more strict foster care policies, and once the youth’s custody is terminated, and they emancipate, there is a lack of rules and guidance, leaving them to figure things out more on their own in the absence of family to help guide them.

As a means of bridging this gap, Journey Home is adding the function of Independent Living Arrangement (ILA) to our licensure with Ohio Department Jobs and Family Services, by developing the Journey Home Transitional Living (ILA) Program. We believe our ILA will assist youth ages 17 and older, who remain in the custody of a public agency, to emancipate and transition into adulthood more successfully and to be more equipped to be independent and utilize programs that have been developed to continue to assist them as emancipated youth.

Journey Home Foster Care Independent Living Arrangement
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The Journey Home Foster Care program focuses on three key areas: Recruitment, Training, and Support.

We strive to find high-quality caregivers for the children we serve. The intended result of recruitment is to find a family who is motivated and committed to providing a safe and stable environment for a child. The knowledge and skills of the foster parents are critical to the well-being of the children in their care.
Our training takes a comprehensive approach and requires families to complete pre-service training prior to being licensed as a foster or adoptive home. Families must also complete ongoing training hours to continue their education. Journey Home offers many opportunities for ongoing training and a variety of topics to meet the needs of the families and children that we serve.
After a child is placed with a family, the goal is to provide unequaled support for the entire family. Our experienced and professional case managers are committed and available to the families. They also provide in-home services, identify community resources, and act as the liaison between the family and the CPS caseworker.