The "A Journey Home: Independent Living Service" serves males and females, ages 18 to 21 years old, who are committed to foster care and are transitioning from more restrictive placements, such as residential group care or family foster care, to less restrictive community settings.
Youth assessed as having the level of self-sufficiency needed to live successfully on their own are placed in one-bedroom apartments in the community with minimal supervision. Case management and clinical staff work with each youth to develop a comprehensive service plan and ensures that he/she has access to the appropriate medical, mental health, educational, counseling and other support services to help them succeed—as well as 24 hour crisis intervention and support.
Youth participate in group activities (both recreational and educational), life skills training and workshops held on various topics. The Program provides financial assistance with rent, transportation and other living expenses. Youth may remain in the program until his/her 21st birthday.
-18 to 20 Years of Age
-Committed to a Maryland State Agency (such as Department of Social Services)
-Documented IQ of 70 or above
-Employed for at least six months
-Assessed appropriate for community-based independent living