Bridge to Independence
A Program for Graduates of Placement Who Have No Family Ties
Purpose of the program
This program aims to provide young people (ages 18-24) who have spent time in residential group homes and foster families and still lack family support and guidance when they begin their adult life.
The program consists of several components:
• Graduate housing throughout Israel for young people aged 18-24, including a rent subsidy. A professional staff supervises the young people in the apartments and creates an individual plan for each individual (preparation for IDF, National Service or civilian life, assistance during military or national service, help in finding work, becoming a student and the like).
There are graduate apartments in Afula (in collaboration with the Nir Haemek residential group home), Hadera (in collaboration with the Talpiot residential group home), the Krayot (in collaboration with the Ahava residential youth home) and in Rishon Lezion (in collaboration with the Association for the Wellbeing of Soldiers). There are three apartments in Holon: one operates in collaboration with the Volunteer Association and is intended for young women in the National Service and in civilian life, and another is operated in collaboration with the Association for the Wellbeing of Soldiers).
• Supervision of placement graduates living independently in the community, by a staff member who responds to telephone requests and holds personal meetings as needed.
• Apartments in or nearby 4 residential group homes, intended for graduates of the that home and supervised by a staff member of the group home.
• A training program for residential group home and foster care staff in teaching life skills to 11th and 12th grade students in residential group homes in Israel.
About 80 graduates live in apartments throughout Israel.
About 25 graduates live in apartments in residential group homes.
About 120 graduates receive supervision without housing.
The program is operated and supported by numerous organizations: Tevet, Ashalim, the Rural Education Administration, the Gandyr Foundation, Paamei Tikvah, the Ministry of Social Affairs and Social Services, the National Insurance Institute and others.
Yeladim – Fair Chance for Children is working together with the different organizations to ensure that the care of the graduates of residential group homes who have no family support becomes part of the social service system.