Children's Home Society launches work study program for foster care teens

01/17/2012

FORT MYERS, Fla., (Jan. 17, 2012) – As part of their Independent Living Program, Children’s Home Society is partnering with Southwest Florida businesses to enable foster care teens to gain real work experience and important life skills as they prepare to join the work force and establish lives of their own.

Florida law provides foster care services for children who are 18 years or younger, and on their eighteenth birthday children “age out” of the program. Without the skills for success, these children are at risk for dropping out of school, becoming homeless or becoming victims or perpetrators of a crime. Children’s Home Society has implemented the work-study program as a realistic alternative.

“The work study program is a great opportunity for local businesses to give back to the community by mentoring a child who really needs their help, “ said Rebecca McGuire, Executive Director of Children’s Home Society. “There is potential to make a real difference by shaping the future of these children.”

Children’s Home Society has already partnered with several area businesses including salons, restaurants and banks. For more information contact Rebecca McGuire at 239.334.0222 ext. 215 or email: Rebecca.mcguire@chsfl.org