We believe that children in our foster care become part of the Children’s Aid family, and we provide vital services to help them as they leave foster care and go on to independent living. For children who are 18 years old and have “aged out” of foster care, we have the Thomas R.S. Burgin Parents Fund and the Thomas Bristol Noonan Fund. In most instances, we are the only family our teens have as they make the critical transition into adulthood. We offer the ongoing support of our staff – who already have relationships with our teens – and financial assistance so they can attend college or vocational school.
Through the Burgin Fund, we also help with emergency funding, such as a deposit on an apartment or a car repair. In 2018, 29 young adults who have “aged out” of our foster care continued to receive support through this vital fund.
We can only provide this extra level of support with the help of the community.