New Kentucky Program Hopes to Help Foster Care Kids Become Successful Young Adults

Jun 1, 2016

A new jobs-training program is aimed at helping young Kentucky adults with the transition out of foster care.

Governor Matt Bevin unveiled the Fostering Success program this week.

It will put 18-23 year olds who have left foster care into a 10-week office job at a local branch of the state Department for Community Based Service.

Kentucky Youth Advocates Executive Director Terry Brooks says the program will introduce participants to a range of options they might not have otherwise known about.

“There are going to be routes clearly laid out to take them to community colleges, to four year colleges, and also to trade and technical and career apprenticeships.”

Participants in the Fostering Success program will work full-time for $10 anhour and gain computer and customer service skills.

After those ten weeks, participants will meet with career and college counselors to prepare for independent living outside of foster care.

Bevin says the effort is the first of many reforms he has planned for the state’s foster care system.