We are proud to have Crittenton’s Stepping Stones Program for Transitional Age Youth as part of our mission’s overall programming effort. Crittenton Services for Children and Families has a long history of helping system-involved youth, in particular foster youth, transition out of residential care or foster care into an independent and sustainable adulthood. In fact, decades ago, our agency was one of the first in Orange County, CA to attempt to establish a program that helped foster youth age out of the system in a safe manner. At the time, our Dora Hill Transition Center was a well-regarded program that helped vulnerable young adults find housing, vocational education and job opportunities.
Today, we continue to innovate our transitional and independent living programming in order to make lasting change, and help break the cycle of homelessness and poverty among Southern California’s transitional age youth. We know the dire statistics and realities former foster youth face, all too well, and Crittenton wants to continue to positively respond to the challenges transitional age youth experience once aging out of the system.
The goal with our transitional living program efforts, throughout the decades, has been to help young people stay safe, healthy and self-sufficient. And our hope is that we will continue to help and advocate for young adults aging out of the system in a way that is beneficial to them and to the larger community as a whole.