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Services for Foster Care Youth

Helping improve the quality of life for foster care youth

Click here to see a video about Life Lines

The Life Lines Programs serve current and former foster care youth ages 16-23. Our programming is specially designed to help youth become self sufficient, contributing members of society. Youth in Life Lines benefit from intensive case management and are assisted with educational and training endeavors, financial education, medication management, employment placement assistance, mental health services, and general life skills instruction.

Yusef’s Story

Former Life Lines youth, Yusef (right) brings his son to visit with Life Lines case manager, Mr. Lee. Yusef turned 21 in February and successfully completed the Life Lines program. Through internship opportunities provided by Bright Spot Farms and the New Castle County Courthouse, Yusef secured real world work experience, subsequently landed a full-time job with the courthouse, and transitioned from the Life Lines Housing Program into his own apartment. We are proud of Yusef and his success!

Independent Living

Life Lines Independent Living Program provides case management to foster care youth between the ages of 16-21. Services include advocacy, education, and housing placement assistance, as well as instruction in financial management, life skills and job readiness.

Referral Process: All youth in Delaware’s foster care system between the ages of 16-21 are eligible. Youth MUST be referred by an Independent Living Provider or a Division of Family Services (DFS) case worker.

Life Lines Housing

The Life Lines Housing program provides housing with on-site supervision and case management for youth ages 18-21 who have aged out of the foster care system. The program is designed to prepare youth for independent adult living in a supportive and educational environment while they work toward self-sufficiency.

Referral Process: Same as above.

For more information, contact:
Stacy Shamburger
(302) 658-4171 x 270

Bright Spot Ventures

For information on the BRIGHT SPOT VENTURES social enterprise employment program for foster care and other disadvantaged youth, click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Delaware Foster Care Mentoring Program

West End’s Life Lines program, Delaware’s Division of Family Services, the State Office of Volunteerism, People’s Place, and the Murphy School are partnering to develop state-wide mentoring services for youth, ages 16 – 21, who are transitioning out of the state’s foster care system and participating in Independent Living case management. One-on-one mentoring aims to expand the youths’ networks of support. The program will match trained volunteer mentors from diverse backgrounds with transitional youth to provide them with emotional guidance and friendship.

If you would like more information about the program or how to become a mentor, please contact:

Elizabeth Everett

(302) 658-4171