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Empowering Youth to Live Independently


Crossnore School & Children’s Home is excited to build upon years of experience at the Winston-Salem and Avery campuses serving youth aging out of foster care. This expansion of services for young adults has resulted in the launch of the Youth Independent Living (YIL) program.

This program is specifically for youth/young adults currently in foster care and/or aging out of foster care. It includes on-campus (supervised) housing as well as off-campus (unsupervised) housing, along with other case management and skill-building components.

Sandy Sauer, Director of Post-Permanency & Adoptions, said, “We have designed a systematic approach that will enable these youth to make the transition gradually—teaching them how to budget, pay the bills, clean the house, do the laundry, grocery shop, cook a meal, and all the adult responsibilities that everyone needs to know.”

18 year old girl with red scarf stands in front of tree with arms folded smilingGrace is one of the first residents in the YIL program. She came to Crossnore when she aged out of foster care. YIL has given Grace a safe place to live while she is working and determining her future. Grace said, “It’s hard to know what you want to do for the rest of your life when you’re 18. But I am looking into what I need to do to complete my GED and I’m working, so we will see what the future holds.”

We have slots available for youth who have experienced foster care and are interested in our program. We are now accepting applications. If you know of someone who would benefit from our program, have them visit our YIL page for an application. They can also call our Referrals & Admissions line at (866) 892-6213 or email referrals@crossnore.org for assistance.

Click here for a detailed FAQ document.

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