Within 18 months of aging out of the state foster care system, 50 percent of youth become homeless. Similarly, more than half the young adults returning home from juvenile justice institutions suffer from a mental health issue or have a problem with substance abuse.
In 2000, BCFS, in collaboration with Casey Family Programs, established Texas’ first transition center in San Antonio to help youth aging out of the foster care system move successfully onto life on their own. Transition centers are “one stop shops” that offer case management, counseling, housing, employment placement, educational support, and life skills training to struggling young adults. The centers house and partner with government and community organizations to ensure comprehensive, yet non-duplicated, services that help youth become independent and law-abiding adults.
Today, BCFS operates multiple transition centers throughout the state and is a resource to every young adult moving out of foster care into life on their own. BCFS transition centers address issues faced by at-risk youth head-on, providing an easily-accessible and comprehensive network that makes getting help simple.