Transitional Independent Living

Serves 17 and 18 year old youth transitioning from foster care or other placement programs to living independently as young adults.

    Overview

    Oesterlen's Transitional Living program is a scattered apartment site concept, certified by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, designed to enhance transitional living skills of youth, ages 16-21, who are experiencing difficulties in making a smooth transition to independent functioning and community life.

    The program is ideally suited for youth who are experiencing challenges in transitioning from the child welfare or probation system of residential, group, or foster care to emancipation. The youth must be "somewhat" motivated and mature enough to manage themselves in the community.

    Through the development of an individualized transition plan, youth are provided with supervision and life skill development to enhance their awareness and familiarization of budgeting, credit card awareness, lease agreements, employment interviewing, career goal setting, diet and food preparation, home management, and other important and related skills.

    A stipend is provided to assist in the purchase of material needs to establish a household and to emphasize budgeting matters (banking, checking, savings, loans).

    While in the program, education is emphasized (completion of high school or GED, college or vocational school), as well as employment. Appropriate interdependence is taught with an emphasis on involvement in structured, organized, group activities that influence positive social behavior and dynamics.

    Philosophy

    The Transitional Living Program philosophy is to teach youth how to develop appropriate inter-dependent, as well as independent, life skills, which enable them to be successfully functional on their own in the community.

    This is accomplished through a phased approach, beginning with with initially close supervision and responsibility, teaching and/or reviewing of life skills, moving toward a lesser and lesser degree of supervision and teaching/reviewing, with more assumed responsibility as the youth demonstrates accomplishment, responsible behaviors and life management.

    Agency Credentials

    Oesterlen is licensed and/or certified by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The Ohio Department of Mental Health also certifies services provided by Oesterlen. Oesterlen is accredited by COA.

    Oesterlen is a full memeber of the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies and Lutheran Services in America. Oesterlen is affiliated with the Northeastern, Northwestern, and Southern Ohio Synods of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.