Transitional Living Services for Young Adults, Photo: Bill Franklin

Transitional Living Services for Young Adults

Through its Transitional Living Program in Rockford, Lutheran Social Services of Illinois (LSSI) provides supportive and supervised housing for adolescents between the ages of 18 and 21 who have complex emotional, mental and behavioral issues. The program serves clients from northern Illinois communities who are “aging out” of the child welfare system.

The program, which began in June 2007, provides services and teaches life skills to young adults to assist them in integrating into the community. The program also assists them in developing coping strategies and a career plan.

The program is located in a large home in Rockford that can house six youth, who are supervised by on-site staff. In the future, the program will open a second location that will provide apartment-like housing, as well as on-site staff supervision. As youth become more self-sufficient, the program will help them find their own living arrangements and will provide supportive case management services for them to ensure successful integration in to their communities.

The program’s facilities have been developed in collaboration with Zion Development Corporation, an outreach of the Zion Lutheran Church in Rockford.

Youth are referred to the program by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), which also provides funding for this program. Transitional living programs, such as this one, are not licensed facilities.

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