Dependency Courts

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Colorado

Colorado's Project UPLIFT connects adolescents with caring adults to create supportive, permanent relationships. Youth served by the program often had multiple barriers to permanency, including criminal charges and developmental and mental health disorders.

Indiana

Fostering Futures: A Program for Older Youth. Indiana Court Times (April 13, 2011). The National CASA Association developed the Fostering Futures pilot project and selected the Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA as one of 16 programs in the nation to participate and awarded a $75,000 implementation grant. The Fostering Futures pilot project concluded at the end of March, 2011, and since the project’s inception one year ago, the Indiana State Office of GAL/CASA has provided 8 different Fostering Futures training events and trained 102 volunteers from 30 different programs across Indiana. These volunteers are now working with approximately 120 older foster youth.

New York

You Gotta Believe is a New York program that places teens and preteens from foster care into permanent homes. Prospective families are trained and prepared to provide permanent adoptive homes and receive certification for adoption.