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How area organizations help young adults transition out of the foster care system

Some children will become adults while in state custody through the foster care system. The outcomes can be troubling, with the organization First Place for Youth reporting that 40% of former foster children will experience homelessness.

The organization is working to change those trends. First Place for Youth operates the My First Place program in partnership with NewPath and the Green Light Fund to get youth aging out of foster care the wrap-around services they need, from housing and education to employment coaching.

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December 17th, 2021|

Many former foster kids left with no place to go amid COVID-19 pandemic

While the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted millions of people around the country, one vulnerable and often overlooked group is being hit especially hard by the pandemic: foster youth who recently became adults.

(KTVU Fox 2)

June 17th, 2020|

Kids don’t stay in foster care forever. What happens after that?

Mississippi Youth Voice is another new program established to help youth in care graduate college. It is part of First Place for Youth, established in Mississippi in 2017 in partnership with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

(Clarion Ledger)

May 20th, 2019|Tags: , |

First Place Names Former Obama Advisor as New CEO

First Place for Youth has named former Department of Health and Human Services staffer Heidi McIntosh as its CEO.

McIntosh comes to FPFY from the National Association of Social Workers, where she had been serving as deputy director. Before that, she was a senior policy advisor at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, where she worked on the National Child and Family Service Reviews (CFSRs).

(Chronicle of Social Change)

September 28th, 2018|Tags: |

Press Releases

Press Release

Mississippi governor to celebrate historic legislation that grants foster youth, ages 18-21, scholarships and the right to rent as adults Foster youth successfully advocate for college funds, their right to sign leases APRIL 27, 2022 – Jackson, MS – Thanks to successful advocacy on their own behalf, young adults [...]

April 26th, 2022|

Press Release: Conrad Hilton Foundation Selects First Place for Youth for Multi-year grant to improve foster care in Los Angeles region

Conrad Hilton Foundation Selects First Place for Youth for Multi-year grant to improve foster care in Los Angeles region OAKLAND, CA – August 12, 2021 – Last month, among a list of distinguished grantees, the Conrad Hilton Foundation announced a three-year grant of $2.1 million to Oakland-based nonprofit  First [...]

August 18th, 2021|

Press Release: One Size Doesn’t Fit All

How Data Science is Being Used to Individualize Extended Foster Care Services and Achieve Equitable OutcomesOAKLAND, CA - March 18, 2021 - New research released today by First Place for Youth draws from precision analytics to offer customized support plans to greatly improve the likelihood that a foster youth will [...]

March 18th, 2021|
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