The Lifelong Links program seeks to reconnect older youth with biological relatives to give a sense of family, identity, and belonging. Once made, these connections may result in something as simple as meaningful and consistent contact between the child and a caring adult or relative. Ideally, this program will result in identifying permanent, safe, and stable homes for these children outside of the foster care system.
Similar to the traditional CASA advocacy program, Lifelong Links will be supervised by CASA staff but carried out by trained volunteers from the community. This efficiency will allow more young people to receive these services. A special thanks to the Walmart Foundation for providing the seed money for this innovative program.
To find out more about becoming a Lifelong Links volunteer, please contact Ryan Brashears, Lifelong Links Supervisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-725-2213.
Note: The Jim Casey Initiative has published a business case for investing in youth aging out of foster care. To learn more about the struggles of foster teens and how society can help, take a moment to read the Cost Avoidance Issue Brief.