Children who have lived most of their lives in foster care have trouble transitioning into adulthood. While the State stops providing foster care services to children at age 21, research suggests that the average age of independence for ordinary (i.e., not in foster care) young adults is now 26.

CCS teens typically have very troubled pasts, and many also struggle with mental health issues. They need extra support as they “age out” of the foster care system, and that’s what our STEP program is all about. STEP provides life coaching and mentoring so teens can learn how to live successfully on their own, while achieving their educational and vocational goals.

Our teen Youth Group offers activities for socialization, advocacy and recreation among CCS teens. CCS STEP program helps teens STEP into adulthood better prepared to be independent and productive adults who contribute to and enhance our community.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If it were not for CCS, I’m sure I would be in jail – or worse. They have a passion for children – they care. Thanks to them, I have a family – and a woman I still call ‘mother.’ Also thanks to CCS, I work full time and live on my own.

Tracy Joachim, 24

CCS Client since age 13

 

CCS Youth Group

 

The CCS Youth Group started back in 2001 after a couple of teens let us know that they really wanted a chance to hang out with and meet other teens living in families with CCS. Back then, there were not a lot of teens living with families at CCS. Today, at any given time we usually have 40+ teens living with families…so CCS Youth Group has grown by leaps and bounds!

CCS Youth Group is called a group and not a ‘program’ on purpose.

Teens who wanted to start the group let us know that they are already in a lot of ‘programs’ – so we don’t use that language to describe what the group does. Much like a community youth group – it’s just a chance to hang out and meet other teens, with a few goals thrown in for good measure.

  • Having fun doing something to give back to the community using your strengths & talents
  • Learn more about building skills to get ready for being more independent as you approach adulthood
  • Participate in advocacy to help raise awareness in the community about the power of youth voice and help make the system better for youth in foster care in Georgia

The CCS Youth Group is open to anyone age 14 and older. It was started by teens at CCS, for teens at CCS, so you know you’ll have fun! It is NOT to take the place of you going to your local Independent Living Program (ILP) activities through GA’s Independent Living Program. CCS Youth Group enhances what you may be doing with ILP and what you are learning daily from your Foster Parents and team with CCS.

Once a month, we schedule fun activities so if you want to join us & hang out give us a call at (770)469-6226!