Inspired by her journey through the foster care system, Katina Green established Bridging Heart, a 501 c(3) non-profit organization, to help young adults newly emancipated from the foster care system- grow, thrive and find their footing before entering the “real world.”
More specifically, the organization provides shelter, access to resources including: medical care, counseling, education and career assistance; and a safe space for young adults to learn how to make healthy choices, and just breathe while figuring out their next steps.
“Figuring it out shouldn’t have to be a hardship or a struggle.
And unfortunately, that’s what most kids emancipated from the foster care system face.”
This is the motivating force behind Bridging Heart, and why Katina decided to establish Bridging Hearts. For her, being emancipated from foster care, also meant falling prey to sex trafficking, something a large percentage of girls fall victim to upon leaving the foster care system, because, like Katina, they have no real direction or guidance, and are often left vulnerable and more susceptible to the whims of others who don’t have their best interest at heart.
With the alarming statistics, what hope do young people leaving the foster care system to have for surviving, yet alone thriving, in the real world? Bridging Hearts exists to fill the gap between emancipation and adulthood. We literally exist to be a compass to young adults newly emancipated from the system, helping them to navigate the world around them and figure out how and where they fit; something all young people need, especially those who have already faced several setbacks early on in life.
With our programs and commitment to providing hope, love, and access to resources, we aim to be a bridge to the other side of what’s possible, while also providing a place that feels as close as possible to home. Too many youths in foster care fall susceptible to the whims of the system, but our efforts aim to shift this.
1 in 4 kids who age out of the system will not graduate from high school or pass the GED.
After reaching the age of 18, 20% of children who were in foster care will become homeless.
1 out of every 2 foster kids who age out of the system will have some form of gainful employment by the age of 24.
There is less than a 3% chance for children who have aged out of the foster care system to earn a college degree at any point in their life.
60% of young men who age out of the foster care system and are legally emancipated have been convicted of a crime.
60% of all child sex-trafficking victims have also been in foster care.
WE ARE SO GRATEFUL FOR THOSE WHO HAVE BELIEVED IN OUR MISSION. THANK YOU FOR YOUR KIND DONATIONS AND CONTRIBUTION TO THE CAUSE!
Based in Elgin, Illinois, Bridging Heart serves young adults, 18-24, in the northwest suburbs of Chicago and surrounding areas.
For more information about our efforts and the services we provide, please contact us at (773)990-9954 or (847)744-3547.