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Our mission

To empower youth aging­ out of foster care and at-­risk youth in attaining ownership of their lives by providing them with a  foundation of life skills to transition from dependence to independence and compete in society.
DECEMBER 3, 2019

Consider donating to StopGap, Inc. on this Giving Tuesday to support our programs for youth aging out of the foster care system to have access to mentorship, financial assistance, and with gaining access to all of the services available to help them become  successful on their path to adulthood.

1 in 4 children

who were in foster care will become instantly homeless at age 18.

An average of 195 children are in out of home placement in Douglas County each month.

Emancipation from foster care is a major step toward greater freedom and responsibilities. However, this transition is incredibly difficult without sound guidance and support. At StopGap, Inc. we strive to offer education and resource support to every child in Douglas County who age out of the foster care system. 

nearly all kids

in foster care were removed from their homes because of severe neglect and/or  abuse.

7 out of 10 girls

in foster care will become pregnant before the age of 21.

70% of foster kids

say that they would like to attend college one day. Less than 3% earn a college degree in their lifetime.

our services

Youth Empowerment program

Our Youth an Empowerment Program has been teaching kids in the foster care system essential life skills since 2012. The eight week program consists of interactive workshops to give youth a hands-on experience with real world issues including: 

  • Managing finances
  • Employment & job skills
  • Housing and maintenance
  • Education opportunities
  • Health & nutrition
  • Mental health
  • Sex education & teen exploitation
  • Healthy relationships vs. Bad relationships
  • Self-defense

“Every single minute matters, every single child matters, every single childhood matters.” 

Kailash Satyarthi

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