Jewish Family Service of San Antonio is partnering with Child Advocates San Antonio (CASA) and the Bexar County Children’s Court to provide licensed counselors and social workers for children in the foster care system as part of the Fostering Educational Success Pilot Program.
Young adults aging out of the foster care system are at a higher risk of substance abuse and domestic violence. Foster care children have been through so much at such a young age and without intervention, they are at risk of repeating these issues when they are adults.
Counseling and resources will be available to foster care children in Bexar County who are in middle or high school, as well as college. The goal of the partnership is to give these children, and their foster families, useful mental wellness skills needed as they become young adults.
“One of the benefits of our clinical team is that each therapist receives specialized training in evidence-based, trauma-focused treatments,” said Talli Dolge, CEO of JFS. “The therapists are equipped with the specific knowledge needed to help these children work through their mental health challenges, as well as promote safety, empowerment, and healing.”
To augment the counseling services, JFS will offer resiliency skills classes, such as budgeting, communication, anger management and more. And for those in need of extra support, a JFS social worker will be available for regular, friendly visits to offer additional education, resources, and support.
“JFS is honored to offer these wraparound services to the foster care community,” said Dolge. “Our team is ready to be there for them as they transition into adulthood.”
About Jewish Family Service of San Antonio
Since 1973, Jewish Family Service of San Antonio strives to enhance the quality of life of individuals and families of all ages, faiths, and backgrounds in San Antonio and the surrounding area, through social, psychological, health and educational programs guided by the Jewish values of “repairing the world” and “taking responsibility for each other.”