Larkin Extended Aftercare for Supported Emancipation (LEASE)

About This Program

Target Population: Emancipating foster care youth ages 18-24, including pregnant and parenting youth

For children/adolescents ages: 18 – 24

Program Overview

LEASE, a program of Larkin Street Youth Services, is a scattered-site residential program for youth ages 18-24 who have emancipated from the foster care system. Youth are housed in studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartments and receive a range of supportive services including counseling, employment training, education counseling, and case management. Most participants attend college on a part-time or full-time basis. Youth work with their Case Manager to develop an individual plan to meet their unique needs. For all participants, an emphasis is placed on developing the life skills needed for independent living such as household organization and money management.

Program Goals

The program representative did not provide information about the program’s goals.

Essential Components

The essential components of Larkin Extended Aftercare for Supported Emancipation (LEASE) include:

  • Housing:
    • The youth reside in scattered-site studio, one-bedroom, or two-bedroom apartments.
    • The youth pay a minimum of 30% of their income as rent each month.
    • The Case Manager engages in ongoing communication with apartment management.
    • The Case Manager helps the youth communicate housing-related issues to apartment management appropriately.
  • Education and Employment:
    • Upon intake, the Education and Employment Specialist conducts an assessment with participants.
    • The youth, in consultation with their Case Manager, develop an Individualized Education and Employment Plan (IEEP), a collaborative action plan specific to the level of education and skills of the youth.
    • The youth must either have, or be working toward, a high school diploma or GED.
    • The youth must be employed on either a full-time or part-time basis depending on school enrollment.
    • The youth meet with the Education and Employment Specialist weekly to find and maintains employment.
    • The youth receive vocational counseling and training.
    • The youth receive educational services and academic counseling.
  • Case Management:
    • The youth develop a Transitional Individual Living Plan (TILP), which outlines goals in employment, education, personal finances, life skills, substance use, and mental and physical health.
    • The Case Manager helps the youth set concrete and achievable steps toward goals.
    • The Case Manager works with the youth to set timeline for meeting goals.
    • The youth meet with their Case Manager weekly to monitor progress toward goals.
    • The Case Manager tracks the youth's progress or lack of progress toward accomplishing goals.
    • The youth must actively communicate to their Case Manager their personal needs.
  • Supportive Services:
    • The youth receive individualized one-on-one life skills training.
    • The youth are required to participate in a monthly Life Skills group.
    • The youth must attend, and actively participate in, community meetings held every six weeks.
    • The youth have access to medical services.
    • The youth receive aftercare services for 6 months after program exit.

Program Delivery

Child/Adolescent Services

Larkin Extended Aftercare for Supported Emancipation (LEASE) directly provides services to children/adolescents and addresses the following:

  • Emancipating from the foster care system

Recommended Intensity:

Two meetings with a case manager each week. After 3 months, as a youth shows more follow-through, the meetings can be less frequent. If a youth is unable to show consistency in coming to meetings, the number of meetings per week is increased.

Recommended Duration:

The average length of time in the program is approximately a year; the maximum stay is 24 months. The length of each case management meeting is an hour.

Delivery Settings

This program is typically conducted in a(n):

  • Community Agency
  • Youth Apartment/Apartment Complex/Home


This program does not include a homework component.

Resources Needed to Run Program

The typical resources for implementing the program are:

  • Apartments
  • Private office space for individual meetings
  • Significant group space for community activities
  • Transportation to meet with youth in the community
  • Furniture for youth
  • Food vouchers for youth

Education and Training

Prerequisite/Minimum Provider Qualifications

Program Manager:

  • Master's Degree in Psychology, Social Work or related field (or equivalent experience)
  • Minimum of 5 years experience working with high-risk youth
  • Experience working with foster care, or former foster care youth, preferred
  • Knowledge of services available in the local area for young adults ages 18-24
  • Experience providing counseling, psychosocial support, and benefits assistance to young people who have a history of foster care placements or housing instability
  • Understanding of Fair Housing Laws
  • Understanding of Foster Care System and related youth issues
  • Ability to establish and maintain relationships with Property Managers

Case Managers:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Psychology, Social Work, or related field (or equivalent experience)
  • Minimum of 2-3 years case management experience, preferably with high-risk youth
  • Minimum of 3-4 years experience working with high-risk youth, including foster care and former foster care youth
  • Ability to lead groups
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as in a team
  • Must be a self-starter with excellent follow-through skills
  • Ability to work with diverse staff, clients, and volunteers

Education and Employment Specialist:

  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Services, Education, or related field (or equivalent experience)
  • Minimum of 3-4 years progressive experience in education, workforce development, or related discipline
  • Experience working with adolescents as a vocational counselor/job developer or in the field of public relations
  • Ability to work autonomously, as well as in a team
  • Must be a self-starter with excellent follow-through skills
  • Ability to work with diverse staff, clients, and volunteers
  • Ability to speak in front of large groups of individuals
  • Ability to multi-task and efficiently manage priority action items

Education and Training Resources

There is a manual that describes how to implement this program , and there is training available for this program.

Training Contact:
  • Toby Eastman
    Larkin Street Youth Services
    phone: (415) 673-0911 x286
Training is obtained:

Via phone consultation.

Number of days/hours:

Informal training/consultation is available to those who are interested.

Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research

Currently, there are no published, peer-reviewed research studies for Larkin Extended Aftercare for Supported Emancipation (LEASE).

Additional References

Lenz-Rashid, S. (2006).  Emancipating from foster care in the Bay Area: What types of programs and services are available for youth aging out of the foster care system?  San Francisco: Bay Area Social Services Consortium.

Brown, B., & Wilderson, D. (2010). Homelessness prevention for former foster youth: Utilization of transitional housing programs. Children and Youth Services Review, 32 (10), 1464-1472.

Contact Information

Angie Miot-Nudel
Agency/Affiliation: Larkin Street Youth Services
Phone: (415) 673-0911 x216
Fax: (415) 865-1458

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2014

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: August 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2006