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Adrienne needed some help

June 24, 2013
Adrienne worked with Transitional Living Specialist Natalie Thompson to find a place to live, budget her money and begin looking for a job. Adrienne’s also taking steps toward earning her GED.

Adrienne worked with Transitional Living Specialist Natalie Thompson to find a place to live, budget her money and begin looking for a job. Adrienne’s also taking steps toward earning her GED.

With children in state custody and another on the way, Adrienne didn’t have answers to the questions most children entering adulthood already know.

She didn’t have a job or a home and stayed with friends or family members when she could. She’d lost custody of her children and was leery of counseling and social services.

On top of that, she’s painfully shy and quiet.

“It was hard for her in the beginning,” said Natalie Thompson, Youth Villages transitional living specialist. “But she came around and started to get things going.”

Before, there was no talk of earning a GED or getting a job. But now, she regularly visits a nearby job center and researches jobs. She’s found an apartment and has enlisted family support for transportation and other needs.

Adrienne was referred to Youth Villages’ TL program through the Mississippi Department of Human Services. Transitional living helps teenagers transition to adulthood and meet the requirements of being an adult. While in TL, she became pregnant again and worked on parenting skills and what she needed to do to maintain custody of her child.

“We worked on budgeting money and time and finding resources to make sure my son is taken care of,” Adrienne said. “It was slow going at the beginning, but things are getting better.”

Adrienne has a way to go, but she has taken charge of her life and is working toward a better future. She discharged from the program in December and is looking for a job. She wants to make a home for all of her children.

“She’s completely different now,” Natalie said. “By the time discharge rolled around, she’d taken the lead on getting things for herself and her son. Something woke up inside her, and I’m confident she will do what she needs to do to succeed for her family.”


You can support young people aging out of foster care with a tax-deductible donation to Youth Villages. These youth are statistically at their most vulnerable, with many facing a high risk of falling into a life of substance abuse, prison and poverty. However, we’ve also learned that with the right intensive guidance and attention, their odds of becoming successful, independent adults increase dramatically. Please consider giving to support this worthwhile program.

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