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For a youth to be eligible to participate in C2i programming they must:

  • have a direct referral from a county social worker
  • be in NON-VOLUNTARY out of home placement within Hennepin County
  • have little or no stability and support in the community 
  • not have severe mental health diagnosis
  • be able to live independently when they age out of the system
  • live within about 15 miles of downtown Minneapolis
  • open to having fun and learning



Q: Why does a referral have to come directly from a social worker?

C2i: C2i requires a direct referral from the social worker because, in most cases, the youth is under legal custody of the county and the social worker is usually considered the legal guardian of the youth.  It is also a requirement because during the intake process confidential information is exchanged and documents need to be signed by the youth's legal guardian.

Q: What do you mean by non-voluntary out of home placement?

C2i: C2i serves youth and provides unique programming specifically for youth who are removed from their homes due to various types of abuse and neglect. Programming is specific to address the hurt, pain, and trauma that was inflicted due to being in foster care and being abused and or neglected. A large part of programming would not be relevant or appropriate for youth who have not experienced these situations. Focusing on this population of youth is what makes C2i a unique organization and the services we provide.

Q: How do I know if a youth has little community or family support

C2i: The majority of youth in foster care have little community support and or stability. Ask youth to identify five different people they know they are able to depend on for support.  Most youth are unable to identify more than one or two individuals. C2i becomes the one stable place for youth in foster care and serves as their circle of support while learning how to develop their own circle of support.

Q: All my youth have severe mental health diagnosis, and could really benefit from your program. Why can't you serve these youth?

C2i: It has been our experience, over the last 8 years, that most youth with severe mental health in foster care end up living in adult foster care or under a supervised living situation. The goal of our program is to have youth living completely independent when they age out of care. C2i staff is not properly trained to work with youth who have severe mental health diagnosis and end up taking up more time on their case load then they are capable of giving. The majority of youth participants have some type of mental health diagnosis, but not to the extent that would prevent them from living independently when they reach adulthood.

Q: Transportation is an issue for my youth participating in programs, how can C2i assist with transportation to programming and other appointments

C2i: Staff provides transportation for youth to and from all programming activities and events. That is why we require youth to live within a reasonable distance from our building location. Staff will also assist in getting youth to other appointments like therapy, interviews, medical appointments, etc..

Q: I want to refer a youth who is involved in school activities, therapy, and isn't really comfortable in group settings. How can they be involved if they don't attend regular programming?

C2i: Although we strongly encourage youth to attend weekly group programming, it is not required. Many youth work one on one with their assigned Independent Living Skills Counselor (ILSC) to achieve their goals rather than coming to programming. Most youth end up participating in group programming and activities on some level eventually.