Support for foster and systems-impacted youth
Voices of Hope is a Foster Family agency that certifies homes, so they can place and accepts male and female children between the ages of birth, to 17 and non-minor dependents (NMD) ages 18 to 21 years who have a history of child abuse & neglect, emotional/behavioral problems, and/or who have ongoing treatment and care needs requiring Out-of-Home placement, this includes victims of commercial sexual exploitation, all children/youth from diverse backgrounds or experiences, SOGIE/ LGBTQ+). No child should be left without a safe/thriving home.
What is the primary issue area that your application will impact?
Support for Foster and Systems-Impacted Youth
In which areas of Los Angeles will you be directly working?
County of Los Angeles
In what stage of innovation is this project, program, or initiative?
Pilot or new project, program, or initiative
What is your understanding of the issue that you are seeking to address?
Voices of Hope's understanding of supporting the Foster and Systems-Impacted Youth , is an ongoing issue that needs more attention and needs to be addressed. We understand that the needs that these children/non-minor dependent- young adults require much more assistance, than only one person can provide. We are seeking to address the overall care of the children/non-minor dependents needs, such as personal care, hire additional health and therapy services to address their psychological /mental health needs and extracurricular activities, to help them thrive in life so that when they become adults, they are able to thrive successfully. We would train teachers, health care physicians and our community and city leaders, on the importance of how the foster care systems and the needs that in entails for needy children.
Describe the project, program, or initiative this grant will support to address the issue.
Applying for this grant will assist our agency, help support the foster care children and non-minor dependent children that will be placed in our certified foster family homes. Since we will be contracted with the County of Los Angeles, State Aid does/will not cover all of their needs, thus Voices of Hope and the foster families frequently provide for these expenses for the children/youth, out of their pockets. We are seeking your assistance in helping us provide for our foster children and families, so that we can partner and educate our community leaders on the importance of the foster care system and the needs that our foster children lack, to survive in today's society.
Describe how Los Angeles County will be different if your work is successful.
I truly believe that Los Angeles County as a whole would be much better, if we are granted the funds/opportunity to partner together, focusing, promoting child/non-minor dependent youth's safety and well-being within our communities will strengthen the families. Our vision here at Voices of Hope will be, to continue to initiate the education on the foster care system so that we can continue to be that bright light for other agencies. Our focus will be to partner with others and educate them on how we as a whole care system together, can make a difference in the lives of our children in the foster care system now, and in the future.
What evidence do you have that this project, program, or initiative is or will be successful, and how will you define and measure success?
This is Voices of Hope's early-stage program project and we have submitted our Program Statement, which is currently in review to be contracted. We have thoroughly disclosed in our Program Statement and to others in the community, our goals on how we are seeking to address the overall care of the children/non-minor dependents needs. We are very confident that our focus on how the Foster System should partner and address their needs. Such as the expenses of personal care, hire additional health and therapy services to address their psychological /mental health needs and extracurricular activities, to help them thrive in life so that when they become adults, they are able to thrive successfully. Since the economy has changed for the worst, it makes it even harder for our foster children/Non-Minor Dependent youth, to thrive.
Approximately how many people will be impacted by this project, program, or initiative?
Direct Impact: 250
Indirect Impact: 4,500