Boys & Girls Aid Foster Care Program

Boys & Girls Aid has a number of foster care programs designed to help kids heal from past trauma and get them to a better place. 

Stabilization Transition and Evaluation Program (STEP)

The Stabilization, Transition and Evaluation Program (STEP) is an assessment program for youth referred to Boys & Girls Aid by the juvenile justice system. This community-based alternative to detention creates a unique opportunity for youth to get the support and services to succeed academically and socially. The program provides positive learning opportunities, case management, and wraparound support while youth plan to transition back home with new skills and resources that can help them positively move forward. Staff members and foster parents work collaboratively to create an environment that encourages youth to set goals and make positive choices for their lives.

Program specifics

  • Boys and girls age 10–18
  • Length of Stay: 1–90 days, with most placements lasting 30–90 days

The Neighborhood

The Neighborhood serves youth ages 12–18 who are in Therapeutic Foster Care. These youth are in need of more support and guidance than regular foster care. Many of these youth have had extended involvement within the foster system, have had little stability and have experienced high-levels of trauma. These experiences affect a youth’s social and emotional behaviors as well as their trust in adults. Youth in Therapeutic Foster Care have very few community connections. The Neighborhood creates a support network that mimics an extended family network developed to meet the complex needs of our youth. Foster families are valued and supported, and youth are at the center of a community network whose goal is to help them flourish!

Program specifics

  • Male, female and non-binary youth ages 12–21
  • Length of Stay: 9 months–2 years

The Nest

The Nest serves children 4–10 years old in need of emergency shelter care. These are children that would otherwise end up in hotel rooms due to a lack of foster homes willing to accept them. Children are coming from traumatic experiences and will have complex emotional and behavioral needs. The Nest program offers around the clock professional support tailored to meet the foster family and child’s needs.

Program specifics

  • Male, female and non-binary youth ages 4-10
  • Length of Stay: 0-9 months

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