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MY PATH FORWARD (MPF) and MY PATH FORWARD-ILA (INDEPENDENT LIVING ARRANGEMENT)
Empowering youth for independence. In partnership with The Better Housing Coalition, CHS is serving youth who are preparing to transition from foster care to independence. Our best-practice program model reaches a population that needs us—vulnerable young people who were released from foster care after they turned 18 and face dire outcomes without support and guidance. Virginia has one of the highest rates of youth aging out of foster care in the country.
Our research-based programs for youth transitioning from foster care provide housing and a variety of trauma informed wrap-around supports to youth including job training, access to education, financial literacy and life skills. My Path Forward–Independent Living Arrangement (MPF–ILA) serves youth from 18-20. My Path Forward (MPF) further serves youth with affordable housing and continued supportive services until age 25.
A research study we commissioned with Child Trends, a nationally recognized research firm, provides insight into relevant laws, policies and programs nationwide that help us better understand and support these young adults.