LSS programs in Stockton and Concord focus on homeless and transitional age youth (TAY), who are exiting the foster care system and struggling with housing.
Due to histories of maltreatment and exposure to violence, children in foster care are three to seven times more likely than non-foster care children to have physical and mental health issues that often persist into adulthood. Up to 80% of children in foster care have significant mental health issues compared to just 22% in the general child population (Edwards, Holden, Feletti, & Anda 2003, Kerker & Dore, 2006). As youth transition or 'age out' of the foster care system, many continue to have chronic health problems. Mental health issues for foster youth are often under treated or poorly managed due to frequent placements, lack of health insurance and not having a medical home (Christian & Schwartz, 2011). These issues can be further compounded by social challenges faced by many foster youth such as poverty, unemployment and homelessness.
LSS creates individualized learning groups for developing employment skills, financial literacy, and healthy living for transitional age foster youth throughout Stockton and Concord. We walk hand in hand with our youth on their journey to adulthood, and help them feel that they can attain their hopes and dreams.