YESS Aftercare Program

On or shortly after their 18th birthday, young people in the Rhode Island foster care system lose their foster care benefits. It’s called “aging out,” and it affects over one hundred young adults each year.

These young adults need the opportunity to transition gradually to adulthood. They need help supporting themselves as they try to balance school, work, and living on their own. With trusted support and guidance, they can successfully achieve independence and avoid potential negative outcomes, like unemployment or homelessness.

WE PROVIDE SUPPORT AND GUIDANCE.

The Youth Establishing Self-Sufficiency (YESS) Aftercare Services is a program of the Consolidated Youth Services contract funded by the Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). YESS provides individualized, youth-driven services and supports to young adults, ages 18-21, who have been closed to the state’s Family Court and DCYF. By assisting former foster youth in crafting their plan for self-sufficiency, and identifying and utilizing relevant community-based resources, YESS prepares participants to live independently by their 21st birthday.

Are you a young adult who will soon age out of foster care in Rhode Island? If so, we encourage you to contact us to find out how we can help you find a place to live, work, and/or attend school.

YESS PARTICIPANTS RECEIVE THE FOLLOWING:

  • One-on-one advice and support from a self-sufficiency specialist
  • Assistance locating safe and affordable housing, identifying employment, and/or enrolling in an educational program
  • Guidance creating a tailored budget and self-sufficiency plan
  • Limited funds that help pay for housing and other living expenses (participants become increasingly responsible for their own housing expenses over time)
  • YESS After Program Application

For more information, please contact Jessica McCluskey, YESS Services Coordinator, at 401.438.3900 ext. 204 or jessica.nievera.mccluskey@fosterforward.net

YESS AFTERCARE PROGRAM FAQ