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6 Aftercare Supports Youth Need

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Emotional support during the transition to permanency. Young people need emotional support as they either make the transition to life on their own or go back to their families. Having a personal connection with a staff person or mentor who knows them and cares about them is important.

When it’s time for a young person to leave the supportive environment provided by a youth-serving organization, some youth need assistance to transition successfully to independent living.

Additional supports, an extension of the housing, employment, and education services youth get before they leave, can help ensure a smooth and permanent transition.

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