The Home’s Transitional Programs are designed to assist youth who are making the transition from "dependent care" status in child welfare and mental health systems to an independent life in the community.
Unfortunately, the struggles these youth face don’t end with their 18th birthday. The Home has developed the programs below in an effort to address this critical issue and to help teens "aging out" of the system to get the real life experience they need to succeed on their own.
Academic Support for College and Life Program
The Academic Support for College and Life (ASCL) program at Bridgewater State University (BSU) in Bridgewater, MA, is an innovative one-year program designed to assist youth transitioning out of the foster care system to higher education. The program provides young men and women, at least 18 years of age at admission, with the opportunity to live on the BSU campus while receiving college preparatory and college-level academic instruction, as well as clinical, social, vocational, and daily living supports.
The ASCL program is currently accepting applications for admission. For more information on ASCL, click here.
Roxbury Village is an innovative program of The Home for Little Wanderers that serves young adults (ages 18-22) in Boston who are homeless or about to be discharged from state systems of care and are at risk of being homeless. Roxbury Village offers stable and affordable housing, as well as intensive services, support and community connections to help build the skills and resources that will put these young people on a path to becoming successful, contributing members of society.
Flexible and individualized case management services are provided to assist residents in developing critical fundamental skills and connecting them to community resources that have the expertise to serve their needs. Roxbury Village believes in the development of the young person as a whole, and residents will receive support in obtaining and maintaining quality clinical, behavioral, financial, social, nutritional and health services as long as needed.
Roxbury Village is currently accepting applications for admission. Download the application form (PDF).
Young Adult Resource Network
The Young Adult Resource Network assists young adults ages 17-22 who are involved with the Department of Children and Families (DCF) in obtaining stable housing, employment, physical and psychological wellness, and educational and community involvement, while developing supportive relationships. Services will be provided in the community where the youth reside as well as within a Community Advocacy Center located in Dorchester.