Independent Living


Keeping Kids Safe is dedicated to provide a realistic living atmosphere for teens who are needing to develop necessary life skills while in a supervised setting.  We are dedicated to support, guide, and teach these teenagers independent living skills, allowing them to acquire the knowledge and ability to become a successful member of society.

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

Keeping Kids Safe, further referred to as KKS, will offer shared living arrangements in a home with an onsite house parent.   KKS will accept youth any race, color, and/or national origin, either sex from ages  14 – 19 years of age.  KKS has two IL homes, one for boys and one for girls.  Participants are expected to continue their education, be employed or actively seeking employment and strive to master the essential life skills.

Many youth are not provided with the opportunities to learn the skills they need to live independently once they emancipate from foster care.  Keeping Kids Safe realizes the importance of teaching the basic skills and will at a minimum provide the following training to youth who reside in the KKS Independent Living Home:

  • Food Management (cooking, shopping, meal planning)
  • Laundry
  • Housekeeping
  • Basic Maintenance
  • Yard Work
  • Health (basic health care, making doctor appointments, medications, etc.)
  • Banking / Money Management
  • Education (Current and future planning)
  • Communication / problem solving skills
  • Spiritual
  • Transportation
  • Emancipation

THE OUTCOME:

Through this “Hands On” Independent Living experience, the youth are more prepared for transitioning to self-sufficiency.  The outcome of this program will allow youth a better understanding of what “living independently” fully entails.  This program will also decrease the number of teens that become homeless due to lack of preparedness for emancipation.

Independent Living Home Eligibility

Participants in the program must be in the custody of a child welfare agency, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, or through a Juvenile Court system.  KKS IL Program will accept youth ages 14-19 years of age, male or female.  The program will also accept pregnant youth or youth who are parents.  Participants are expected to continue their education, be employed or actively seeking employment and strive to master the essential life skills.

Community Engagement Plan / Concerns

Keeping Kids Safe strives to be a community friendly agency.  If anyone in the  community has concerns or pertinent information,  they may to share/express their concerns and/or pertinent information to the corporate office at 567-525-4520 or they email the director at JHutton@keepingkidssafe.org