The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), an agency of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS), is launching a new program to help young people who reach adulthood in foster care. Youth Villages, a national non-profit organization, is offering the LifeSet program to young people between ages of 17 and 21 who are transitioning from foster care in Lexington, Louisville, and their surrounding counties.
Governor Andy Beshear said his administration wants to ensure that youth exiting foster care have a stable transition to adulthood. The evidence-informed LifeSet program model gives young people a bridge to maturity, with a trained specialist by their side to navigate the complexities of early adulthood. Specialists meet with young people at the location of the youth’s choosing, face-to-face weekly, helping them set and achieve their goals around housing, transportation, education, employment, health and relationships through experiential learning.
Youth Villages is a national leader in children’s mental and behavioral health serving children, families, and young people involved in child welfare and juvenile justice systems across the country. Founded in 1986, the organization’s 3,000 employees help more than 30,000 children annually in 21 states across the U.S.
The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services administers its services and programs through nine service regions and offices serving all 120 Kentucky counties. In addition, the Department uses a network of contract officials to deliver services, such as child care.
This was reported by the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services on July 23, 2020.
Contact information: Youth Villages, 3320 Brother Boulevard, Memphis, Tennessee 38133; 901-251-5000; Website: www.youthvillages.org
Contact information: Susan Dunlap, Media Contact, Kentucky Department for Community Based Services, 275 East Main Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601; 502-564-6786; Email: firstname.lastname@example.org; Website: https://chfs.ky.gov/