Intersections

Child-Preparation Services for Teens

Intersections is a Statewide Adoption & Permanency Network-approved group that serves youths at the “intersectionality” of being in foster care while also experiencing life as a person who identifies as LGBTQ+.  

The program is designed to:

  • Provide a “safe space” for LGBTQ+ youths in foster care
  • Create positive connections
  • Help youths find their voice
  • Assist teens in experiencing a healthy community.

Employing the tenets of what is called the 3-5-7 model, our Intersections staff facilitators guide youths through both group and individualized sessions that help them reach the goals of the Child Preparation Unit of service by answering the questions:

  • Who am I?
  • What happened to me?
  • Where am I going?
  • Who will help me get there?
  • How will I know when I belong?

Youths are supported in exploring these vital questions while also experiencing the opportunity to connect with others in a safe, positive and empowering environment.

The group serves young people referred by their county; however, if you are interested in making a referral or discussing how a youth in foster care may benefit from Intersections, please email Jolene Keefer or call her at (717) 849-5188.

 

A support group of older teenagers meeting in the Crossroads Support Group setting.