Financial Assistance Programs —

PATH offers a variety of programs to help foster parents, foster youth, and youth transitioning out of foster care purchase items that cannot be funded in other ways.

Snapshot


PATH ND Youth Assistance Programs


Youth Served: Foster parents, foster youth, and youth who are ready to leave foster care.

Program Model/Services:
  • Special Needs Program — PATH’s Special Needs Program provides funds to support healthy development and helps cover the cost of life-enriching experiences for youth in foster care:
    • Musical instruments
    • Field trips
    • Sports equipment and fees
    • Driver’s education classes
    • Summer camp
    • Bikes
    • Activity fees
    • School expenses
    • After-school activities
    • Graduation costs
    • Uncovered medical costs
    • Welcome basket
  • Stepping Stones to Success — PATH’s Stepping Stones to Success provides youth with funds for necessities associated with transitioning to living independently. Each youth in the PATH foster care program can request up to $350 toward the purchase of items listed below:
    • Renter’s deposit
    • Textbooks
    • Tuition assistance
    • Home furnishings
    • Housewares
    • Career development
    • Assistance
    • Transportation services
  • Welcome Basket — PATH sponsors fill laundry baskets with basic household items a young person needs as they move on to independent living. We are looking for organizations, churches, civic groups, corporations or individuals in our communities to fill a laundry basket with the following new items.
    • Silverware, dishes, and drinking glasses
    • Pots and pans
    • Toaster
    • Baking dishes
    • Storage containers
    • Spatula and colander
    • Pizza pan and pizza cutter
    • Kitchen and bath towels
    • Pillow
    • Cleaning supplies
    • Laundry supplies
    • Shower curtain and rings
    • Gift cards to grocery, department stores, etc.

Fargo Program Model/Services:
  • Community Assisted Recovery Environment Program (CARE) — CARE is a short-term, community-based program provided in collaboration with Southeast Human Services for youth with substance abuse issues or who are at risk of being placed in more restrictive levels of care.
  • Supervised Alternative Family Environment Program (SAFE) — Provided in collaboration with Southeast Human Services, SAFE provides crisis stabilization services to children in the midst of major mental health crisis while maintaining them in the community.
  • Case Aide and Parent Support (CAPS) — Provided in collaboration with Southeast Human Services, CAPS provides case aide and parent support services to youth struggling with serious emotional disturbances and helps families maintain the youth in their home and community.
 

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