goal of the Aftercare Program is to help adolescent males and
females make successful transitions to the community from out
of home placement. The
program provides counseling to Division
of Youth and Family Services (DYFS) adolescents who are
being discharged into the community from residential placements
or foster care.
who are referred to the program are either returning home to
live with their families or are moving on to independence. For
those who are being reunited with their families, the aftercare
program facilitates a successful transition home. The Program
Manager makes regular home visits to assist the family readjust
to living together again.
those who are moving out to live on their own, the Program Manager
provides practical as well as emotional support. If necessary,
the program can provide financial support to help a young person
secure accommodation or obtain work clothes or tools.
all clients who need ongoing services must be "open cases" with the State when
they are referred, they do not need to remain open to receive
services. The Program also provides short term "booster shot" services to those young adults who were previously involved with any of the Plaid House, Inc. programs and have closed cases. The services are designed to resolve the client's immediate issue but are not intended to be long term.