Youth Transition Centers
BCFS Youth Transition Centers are “one stop shops” that offer case management, counseling, sheltering, and life skills training to at-risk young adults. BCFS operates Youth Transition Centers in the following Texas cities:
Transitional Housing Facilities
Our House, Abilene
Our House residential facility will provide transitional sheltering for youth who are struggling with homelessness. Eight homeless, at-risk, young men from the Abilene area will reside at Our House and enjoy a safe, stable living environment. They will receive services at the Abilene Transition Center to help them break the cycle of homelessness and become successful independent adults.
Our House, Kerrville
Kerrville Transitional Apartments are affordable and supportive housing for young adults ages 18-25 transitioning into self-sufficiency. All tenants are provided case management, counseling, employment and educational services while living at the KTC apartments. The apartments include emergency units to assist young adults struggling with homelessness.
Counseling and Lifeskills
The PAL program provides transition services to youth aging out of the foster care system from ages 15 to 21, to expand their skills and knowledge, strengthen their self-confidence, create healthy community relationships, help youth learn self-guidance, and prepare the young adults for emancipation.
STAR helps youth under 17 and their families reduce family conflict and prevent the problems of runaway, truancy, delinquent behaviors and child abuse. The program aims to strengthen and stabilize families by helping them learn to resolve crises, learn coping mechanisms and develop parenting skills.
The YAD program provides in-home services including counseling and case management to families who have children on probation. Services provided by YAD include family and individual counseling with a licensed therapist, parenting education classes, summer activities, and occasional home repairs donated by local churches.
KAPS is a program funded by Bexar County Juvenile Probation that provides in-home services including counseling and case management to families who have children on probation in Bexar County. KAPS uses a team approach to implement an In-Home Family Preservation model of service that includes anger management and parenting education for the family and probationer.
BCFS' youth transition programs have been carried forth into Eastern Europe by BCFS' international division, Children's Emergency Relief International (CERI). CERI helps youth transition out of state-run institutions and into self-sufficiency by teaching them the skills they need to survive and avoid falling victim to human trafficking.
Education and Employment
The Education and Training Voucher (ETV) Program allows Texas to help foster youth make a smoother transition to self-sufficiency and independence by providing funding that will help youth receive education, training and services not covered by another funding source.