Texas Youth Transition Centers

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Audio | October 24, 2007

Youth aging out of foster care are at high risk of homelessness. In Texas, the state Department of Family and Protective Services – Family Focus division of Child Protective Services is working to expand and improve services offered to older youth in foster care and preparing to age out of care.

One tool they are using is Community Based Transition Centers. The Transition Centers are one-stop centers that offer access to affordable housing, livable wage jobs, educational advancement, and numerous other services that target young adults as they transition out of foster care. These centers are community collaborations stemming from government, public, and private partnerships. They are designed to further strengthen the system of services and supports for transitioning youth, helping them achieve self-sufficiency.

This audio conference featured representatives from three central Texas Transition Centers:

  • Terri Hipps, Baptist Child and Family Services PAL Youth Center, San Antonio
  • Pam Walker, Houston Alumni and Youth Center, Houston
  • Jennifer Grant, Transition Resource Action Center, Dallas
  • LaKesha Pope, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington, DC

The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Child Protective Services division is currently working to expand transition centers and/or networks of services in regions where none currently exist. A "Guide for Community Planning, Development and Implementation of Transition Youth Programs and Transition Centers in Texas" will be released later this year. A plan for distribution and community readiness meetings with regional staff and community stakeholders is in progress.