In the current Foster Care System, goals are short term, returning children to their biological parents as soon as possible. Unfortunately, too often, the family unit is broken beyond repair. In a perfect world, there would be adoptive parents in adequate supply to step up and adopt these children and provide a permanent family which would include that person as a member of the “group” forever.
As a foster parent, I see young adults “age out” of foster care without the necessary work skills to finding decent employment. This is where our vision comes in, as it will give these young adults the skills they need to survive in this society. Since a large amount of these young adults did not obtain a good educational background, they will benefit most from the hands-on training we will be providing.
We have established a non-profit organization where we employ young adults 15 to 21 years of age who are or were in foster care, group homes, relative, non-relative placements and are teaching them life skills and trades that they otherwise would not have the opportunity. We also hire experienced people with specific skills who will teach/train these young adults a trade such as, but not limited to; electrical work, concrete work, masonry, stucco, framing, trim work, drywall, painting, air conditioning, installing windows, desk work, autobody, mechanic, welding, landscaping, administrative, safety and etc.
We encourage the young adults to learn many different trades to get a feel of where they will excel in or enjoy doing long term. We believe we are a good stepping stone to learn ethics and be successful in society.
Young adults aging out of the American foster care system are smart, capable and motivated!
Too often these children don’t have an adequate support system or clear path forward.
We need to do better...
More than 27,000 children age out of the foster care system in America each year.
Together, we can help these young adults!
Our vision is to grow this organization so we can open a branch in every county to accommodate foster children to alleviate traveling long distances to work. These young adults will become a permanent part of this program with the skills and friends that they have acquired.
The Mills Building & Training Association, Inc.