CLC Hosts Thanksgiving Dinner for Crossover Youth

April 05, 2017

The holidays can be very difficult for our youth in out-of- home care, and especially so for foster youth struggling to complete their terms of probation and exit the juvenile justice system. Youth running away from their placements happens all too frequently during the holidays; for foster youth on probation, this risks violating probation and being sent to Juvenile Hall. Recognizing this, CLC’s CARE staff (CARE is a program dedicated to serving the crossover population and helping foster youth successfully complete probation) brainstormed ideas to help prevent these incidents, and hosted a ‘family-style’ Thanksgiving potluck at the CLC offices for youth who could not be with family this year.

The dinner, by all accounts, was a resounding success, well attended by youth and filled with fun and delicious food for all. A sizable group of youth joined in the successful celebration, which also included several juvenile probation officers, who brought gift bags filled with candy for the youth. All of the tasty food, lovely décor, and fun gifts were graciously donated by the CARE team, and clients were even able to take home Thanksgiving leftovers. As she was leaving the dinner, one young woman asked “are you going to do this again for Christmas?” Thank you to our dedicated CARE team for creating a Thanksgiving many youth will remember for years to come.