Transition Age Youth (TAY) are young people between the ages of
16-24 years who are in transition from state custody or foster
care and are considered “at-risk”. Once they turn 18 they can no
longer receive assistance from the systems of care that
previously provided for many of their needs.
Like most young people, they are struggling to start out with
limited resources and experience and are can be struggling with
issues such as substance abuse
disorders, homlessness, aging out of the children’s mental health, child
welfare, or juvenile justice systems, or experiencing their first episode of major
The California Youth Empowerment Network (CAYEN) was formed to
develop, improve and strengthen the voice of Transition Age Youth
(TAY) in local and state-level policy.
Directed by an all-TAY statewide Board that is involved in both
statewide and local program and policy decisions, CAYEN engages
youth and young adults who have been touched in some way by the
mental health, juvenile justice or foster care systems.
The Transitional-Age Youth Services Program is an intensive
community-based mental health program designed to stabilize
crisis situations and resolve behaviors that interfere with the
youth’s ability to function at home, school, foster care, and/or
in a group home.
The goal is for the youth/young adult to achieve the level of
life management that helps them continue to live at home or the
most home-like setting possible, without the need to enter
residential treatment or an acute psychiatric facility, as well
as helping them to achieve their full personal potential.
ReachOut is an information and support service to help teens and
young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health
issues. All content is written by teens and young adults, for
teens and young adults, to meet them where they are, and help
them recognize their own strengths and use those strengths to
overcome their difficulties and/or seek help if necessary.
Youth In Mind (YIM) is a nonprofit organization founded and
steered by youth affected by the mental health system. Youth In
Mind members participate in multiple levels of leadership and
advocacy, including member leadership summits, mental health
conferences, and local advocacy activities with the purpose of
promoting positive change through authentic youth engagement.
Youth In Mind aims to improve the lives of young people, ages
12-28, impacted by the mental health system through education,
advocacy, and collaboration. “Nothing About Us, Without Us”
Youth M.O.V.E National is a youth-led national organization
devoted to improving services and systems that support positive
growth and development by uniting the voices of individuals who
have lived experience in various systems including mental health,
juvenile justice, education, and child welfare.
Committed to Protecting Privacy
United Advocates for Children and Families is committed to
protecting your privacy and developing technology that gives you
the most powerful and safe online experience. This Statement of
Privacy applies to the United Advocates for Children and Families
Web site and governs data collection and usage. By using the
United Advocates for Children and Families website, you consent
to the data practices described in this statement.
If you or a loved one is in immediate crisis, please call 911
or visit the nearest emergency room.
The UACF Hope Line is a message system for parents and caregivers
that provides resources and connections to individuals in your
community that may be able to assist you in finding appropriate
support services for your child’s mental health needs. Feel free
to leave a message on the UACF Hope Line and your call will be
returned as promptly as possible.