We believe that where and how people live directly impacts how they see themselves. Our beautiful Freehab facility was donated by individuals, corporations and foundations who care about our kids.
Every year 25,000 kids age out of of foster care. Emancipated foster youth and at risk homeless youth account for a good portion of the 500,000 homeless young adults in America. Many suffer from PTSD, have no parental support and have not graduated high school.
The Transition Age Youth (TAY) population is a distinct population with extraordinary needs.
The MHSA‘s choice to target transition age youth is a sound one. These youth have extraordinary mental health needs as they separate from parents and family. They are vulnerable because they are moving through a period in their lives wrought with changes and challenges, physical, emotional, financial, psychological and social. The Teen Project is a parent to the parentless, giving these kids all of the support of an intact family.
Foster Care Outcomes:
The Foster Care rate in the State of California is the highest in the nation.
Women who have been in foster care experience higher rates of early pregnancy and may be more likely to see their own children placed in foster care (McDonald et al., 1996)
Of the 174 juveniles arrested on prostitution related charges in Los Angeles County in 2010, 59% were in the foster care system, according to Probation Department statistics (November 27, 2012 – Los Angeles Times)
Less than 50% of kids aging out of foster graduate from high school or get a GED.
Only about three percent of youth obtain a bachelor’s degree within five years of emancipation (Casey Foundation, 2008).
One quarter suffer post-traumatic stress syndrome, which is higher than the number of veterans who are diagnosed with PTSD returning from war.
The problem – No way out:
One of the most common reasons for not getting help. “I was unable to afford treatment” (38%) – Substance Abuse Mental Health Services Agency : Jan 2012
Employment serves as a means of re-socialization, allowing for integration into the straight world. Two in five prisoners and jail inmates lack a high school diploma or equivalent. National Study – US Justice Department, Second Act.
Freehab provides individual and group therapy, high school equivalency obtainment, trade certifications and job referrals. .
The price of treatment will cost many too many kids their lives. We believe we are responsible. Only with a loving hand is there hope. Freehab is that hand.
What we do and how we do it:
Freehab, The majority of foster youth are predisposed to addiction, either genetically or as a way to method of blocking childhood memories and the abandonment of being left alone on the streets. While we could just treat them, we go above and beyond. We realize that the youth we serve do not have a safe living situation to return to after care. For that matter, many have not graduated high school and or lack job skills. We inspire them to dream again by creating their new lives while with us.
Reasons to join the cause
Freehab is located in Sun Valley, California with satellite stations in Venice and Hollywood providing access to those who need it most.
Freehab is located in a rural area providing our youth with a break from the street life and a new environment for recovery and healing.
Freehab provides up to 200 young women a year with a broad range of supportive services geared at self sufficiency and success.
Freehab employs staff members of varying levels of expertise and extensive experience with the transitional youth population to meet our clients individualized needs.
Freehab receives no state funding and is dependent on private sources including caring individuals, foundations and corporations.
Freehab partners with all community resources to reduce costs by utilizing partner resources and services.
Volunteerism is key to our operations, allowing us to provide a higher level of service for reduced costs. All FREE to the people we serve.
Phase I – Residents are assessed prior to being admitted into a center. Each child develops an individualized recovery plan based on their unique needs.
Phase II – Residents progress through different phases as they obtain the goals in their individualized recovery plan.
Phase III – Clients are prepared for life beyond treatment, with job skills training and job placement with our many corporate partners.