CHOICE Weekend Host Program
- Children & Youth
- Education & Literacy
Location1325 S Colorado BlvdDenver, CO 80222 United States
Each year in Colorado, more than 500 youth "age out" of the foster care system. These youth enter adulthood without any sort of permanent connection-no childhood home to go to for Thanksgiving dinner, no one to go to for advice before a job interview, no one to call when they're having a bad day ? no support system at all.
CHOICE intervenes before these youth "age out" of the system, by creating broader connections between youth and adults outside of the traditional adoption route. The program is built on the premise that once you make a connection with a foster youth, you will be compelled to help in a more permanent way and help him or her transition into adulthood.
Through this intensive, youth-focused recruitment program, foster teens, mentors, and community partners are engaged in a structured process that builds permanent relationships over time. Developing these permanent relationships dramatically improves the outcomes for older youth in the foster care system.
HOW IT WORKS
Target Older Youth-The program benefits older youth ages 12 to 18 who are in foster care and are unable to return home.
Make Connections-At monthly events, youth and prospective families get to know each other in a no-pressure environment of fun, age-appropriate activities.
Utilize Youth Input-If a youth and adult express mutual interest, the relationship can advance to the next level where the child can stay a day or weekend with the host.
Build Relationships-The host then becomes a mentor and an advocate for the youth in all aspects of his or her life - looking out for the youth's overall well-being as well as engaging in recruitment activities on behalf of the youth.
Create Permanency-The model has shown that these relationships are enduring and successful, as both youth and host family often open up to the idea of adoption.
We are looking for individuals who want to make a difference in the lives of a youth in foster care. Must be over the age of 24 and willing to complete a background check, CPR/First Aid, and our training program.