DATE: August 1, 2012
CONTACT: Kelly Hackworth
PHONE: (800) 532-7239
For Immediate Release
SAFY of America receives two contracts from the Indiana Department of Child Services
Awards establish SAFY as the sole provider of youth independent living services in northern Indiana
(DELPHOS, Ohio) – Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) of America was recently awarded two contracts from the Indiana Department of Child Services (DCS) to provide Independent Living services for youth aging out of foster care and the juvenile justice systems. The two-year contracts, totaling more than $5.1 million annually, will serve approximately 573 youth in 20 counties across the northern region of the state, offering independent living and emancipation programs to adolescents entering adulthood.
"These contracts strengthen SAFY’s Continuum of Care Provider Model and establish the organization as the region’s sole provider of Independent Living services," says Richard R. Nedelkoff, SAFY President and Chief Executive Officer. "Although provision of these services is a new focus for the state of Indiana; scattered site services, skills teaching and emancipation services are not new to SAFY’s independent living program model. The awards also draw on SAFY’s extensive experience as a provider of services to youth in the juvenile justice system."
The awards establish the state’s Collaborative Care program, allowing youth about to age out of foster care the option to remain under the care of DCS and SAFY in order to receive independent living services and housing. Independent Living services provide skills teaching, which ease the transition to adulthood by providing “hard skills” training such as financial management, self-care, cooking, etc. Programs for older youth include housing, assistance finding employment, educational services and emotional support. Youth who have emancipated are provided assistance and funds for room and board as well as educational and employment support. The goal of the Collaborative Care program is to move youth into independent living settings in which they can continue to reside when they age out of traditional care. The focal points of the programming are to increase the youth voice, offer opportunities to practice interdependence, and provide a foundation for gaining skills needed to build social capital.
The Collaborative Care program also offers opportunities for youth being released from juvenile justice programs to participate in Independent Living services.
About SAFY. Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY) is a leading national nonprofit organization providing a full continuum of services for youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. Founded in 1984, SAFY provides nationally-recognized family and children services in 28 offices across eight states including Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, South Carolina, Alabama, Oklahoma, Texas and Nevada. To learn more about SAFY and the services we offer, visit www.safy.org.