The TLC program at The Children's Home stands at the cutting edge of progress in the foster-care arena. It is such a new concept that no complete curriculum has existed, until now. Carefully and methodically, The Children's Home has created one. This vastly successful curriculum has been fully vetted by experts and has garnered national attention for its quality and depth. It is now in production to be sold nationwide to foster homes, youth groups, schools and anyone seeking to prepare a child for adulthood.
Once upon a time, after graduating high school, foster children nationwide were thrust into adulthood, on their own with little-to-no support system. Some succeeded, but many failed, struggling towards independence, falling through the cracks of society and becoming sad statistics.
Believing that children deserve a better chance at the future, The Children's Home responded to this crisis in 2002, casting a vision of continued support for graduating seniors. Thanks to the generosity of the community, in 2007 we opened the doors to the TLC cottage (Transitional Living Concepts) which takes teens through the critical years from youth into adulthood offering the guiding hand and safety net young adults need as they stumble towards independence as well as a home to return to for weekends, holidays, summers or in case of loss of employment.
The next challenge we face results from the overwhelming success of the TLC program as well as the other programs of The Children's Home. The TLC cottage has become a right of passage: younger kids on campus aspire to live there - working hard to learn the skills they need and display the maturity required to enter the program. Additionally, others have seen the effectiveness of the scope of care we offer and are desiring that same guidance and care for their own kids, asking to send their teens to The Children's Home at age 16 or 17 so that they can move through the program and then into the TLC home.
As more kids progress through The Children's Home and desire to stay connected through the TLC program, the number of young people we can help is infinite. However, the TLC house itself is finite. Even now, we are seeking to "creatively rearrange" in order to provide this excellent program for the children who are ready for it. Please stand with us as we look to the future and determine to provide a hope for a better future to the many children who now and who will depend on us to do so.