Fred Finch Youth Center (FFYC), in partnership with Alameda County Social Services Agency, is building an environment where young adults recently exiting the foster care system can secure housing, health services, and vocational support. Located on the FFYC campus in Oakland, Rising Oaks is a 30-unit apartment complex that provides young adults with a safe, supportive community where they can achieve resiliency, financial independence, permanence and stability upon exiting foster care.
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At twelve years old, JR was in his 13th placement in six years. Living in his present home for nearly a year, JR’s attachment in the family was evident: his foster parents wanted to adopt him. Given his history of abuse, while JR knew how to leave families, he didn’t know how to stay in one, so although he wanted the closeness and sense of belonging his family offered, he had learned to avoid abuse by keeping his distance. This hindered his ability to achieve the very permanency he desired.
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In December 2012, FFYC received a grant from Health Resources and Services Administration of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HRSA) to develop a school-linked health and wellness center to provide much needed medical and dental services to the community. Community partnerships with Oakland Unified School District; Native American Health Center, Inc.; Alameda County Social Services; Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services and Alameda County Health Care Services Agency-Center for Healthy Schools and Communities are at the foundation of the center.