JFCS Transition to Adulthood services for foster youth and at-risk youth
in Arizona helped Julia overcome many challenges and get her life on track.
Julia’s mother passed away when she was just 4 year old. She lived
in Phoenix with her father and suffered years of abuse until she was 15,
and was soon removed by the Arizona Department of Child Safety (DCS).
Like so many other children and teens in Arizona, Julia bounced around
from foster family to foster family until she aged-out of the foster care
system at age 18.
During this time, Julia battled symptoms of PTSD and suicidal thoughts.
Julia’s father had told her that she would never accomplish anything
in life, but Julia now knows this was not true. While getting help from
JFCS and working a full-time job, she graduated from high school with
honors at age 19.
Julia was first referred to JFCS for counseling and psychological services.
She also began participating in our Transition to Adulthood program, which
assists foster care youth (ages 15-21) in their transition out of the
foster care or behavioral health systems to become healthy independent adults.
Our staff took Julia to tour colleges, helped her to enroll and pick college
courses, and spent hours working on scholarship applications. Julia works
hard and is very determined to succeed in this next season of her life.
We will be there to help her every step of the way.
Julia was recently awarded the Nina Mason Pulliam Scholarship which will
cover tuition, books, and a monthly stipend.
Watch another powerful story from the JFCS Transition to Adulthood program.