But for too many kids, foster care is the last stop. They never find a forever home or family.
Finally Family Homes was created to step into that gap, it is our mission to help bring these children into successful independent adulthood.
Below is our high level plan to help achieve that goal for the kids who come through our 3 year program. Hopefully there are some ideas that can also be useful for anyone helping any child become a successful independent adult.
The primary focus will be getting the kids adjusted to the program and set up with the essentials.
Some learning may take place simultaneously, depending on urgency, but the general plan will be to focus on the following each month in order.
1st Month – Essential Logistics
2nd Month – Essential Health
"It's our mission to help the kids without families become successful independent adults."
3rd Month – Educational Support
4th Month – Financial Management
5th Month – Social Emotional Management
6th Month – Other Skills for Living Well
Earthquake & fire
Smart practices – not walking alone at night, etc
Learning how to drive
What to do in an accident or if you get pulled over
Understanding car loans, registration, & insurance
Basic car maintenance – how to change a tire, change oil, jump start a car
Basic computer skills
Safety with social media
Security - good passwords, etc
Backing up data
Strategies for being early
Planning your days/ priorities
Camping / Boondocking
Tools – tent, firewood, sleeping bag, etc
Basic survival skills
Advanced Social Skills
How to approach & meet people
Meal planning & cooking
Using food wisely
Making healthy meals
Kitchen & food safety
Advanced Money Management
Preparing for unexpected expense
Managing credit cards
Music & visual art
Growing Great program
House Maintenance / Construction
Basic safety – smoke & carbon monoxide detectors
Skills with tools (replacing a doorknob, etc)
Ecology / Connecting Globally
Avoiding toxic chemicals
Re-using, upcycling, etc
1st Month – Job Searching
2nd Month – Finding A Place to Live
3rd Month – Finding Transportation
4th Month – Finding Connections and Support
5th Month – Getting Household Items
6th Month – How To Move, Pack, etc.
Upon leaving, youth will take a tiny home that they helped build with them. They can park a tiny home for much cheaper than the lowest rent in the worst neighborhoods. When necessary, they will be able to come back and stay in their tiny home on the property. The tiny home means more security.
Foster youth will be regularly invited to dinner back at the house, or to visit anytime they feel the need. They will receive continued support over the phone, electronically, and through other support system structures. And they will always have a place to go for the holidays.
In addition to sharing about Finally Family Homes' mission & work, this blog covers some of the education we'll be doing in more detail. For more read the following posts or sign up for our newsletter below.
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