Transitional Support

 


Our support services and mentor program is designed to aid foster care youth between the ages of 16 and 21 who have or will be transitioning out of Arizona State or Tribal Foster Care. We provide skills and support to more than 1,000 youth and young adults in their transition into independence each year by assisting them in gaining skills for self-sufficiency.




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Thrive Mentor Program

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Why Mentor?
  • Studies have found that mentored youth (those who reported having a mentor before the age of 18 years and for at least two years) with meaningful adult connections did better on self-reports of overall health, educational attainment, physical aggression, suicide risk, and risk of sexually transmitted infection than did non-mentored foster care youth.
  • Mentors can help a young person:
    • Reduce rates of homelessness, incarceration and teen pregnancy
    • Increase graduation and job stability
    • Enhance social skills and healthy adult connections


Who are the mentees?
  • 16 and 17-year-old males and females
  • Have expressed wanting a mentor
  • Participate in our Independent Living Program
  • Currently under DCS custody
  • Reside in group homes, foster homes, respite homes, kinship homes, residential treatment centers, and transitional living placements located throughout the state
  • Youth are matched with their mentor based on interests and location

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What does it take to become a mentor?
  • Be at least 21 years of age
  • Have at least one-year experience working with teens
  • Be able to pass a background check and acquire a level one fingerprint clearance card
  • Attend an in-person interview
  • Attend initial and on-going trainings
  • Be able to commit to a two-year relationship with your mentee
  • Be available, supportive, compassionate, and consistent with your mentee




Get started!
Click here to complete the inquiry form and we’ll contact you via phone or email to answer any questions you may have. Thank you! Click here to download the application if you’re interested in becoming a mentor. Please send all completed applications to mentor@arizonaschildren.org
For more information, please contact Elizabeth Glascom at mentor@arizonaschildren.org or call 1.844.747.1533.

Having a mentor is more than seeing someone every 2 weeks. It’s a friend. Whenever you feel alone or sad you can always talk to them. When I started the mentoring program I thought it was going be more rules to tell me what to do. It’s not like that though; the mentoring program is fun, helpful, and provides someone I can count on. It’s more than a program to me. It’s two people becoming friends.”
– Jasmine, Program Participant

Living Skills Training

We provide skills training to youth/young adults 16-20 who are still involved with State or Tribal Foster Care. Living Skills Training (LST) prepares current and former foster care recipients for adult living by teaching interpersonal and daily living skills.

For more information, please contact 480.247.1413 or IndependentLivingProgram@arizonaschildren.org.

Transitional Independence

We provide Case Management for young adults ages 18-20 who were previously involved in State or Tribal Foster Care at some point after age 16. These young adults are no longer involved with the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS) and must self-refer. The purpose of the Transitional Independent Living Program (TILP) is to provide appropriate support and services to assist former foster care recipients in developing and maintaining stable living situations.

If you are a young adult who wants to learn more about participating in TILP, please contact 480.247.1413 or IndependentLivingProgram@arizonaschildren.org.