Casa Valentina's mission is to help at-risk youth and youth transitioning from foster care to independent living by providing housing and wrap around services. To achieve our mission: * We provide youth in Miami-Dade County who age out of foster care with up to two years of safe and affordable housing, life skills and self-advocacy training and the support services they need to become successful, independent adults. * We engage in advocacy within the child welfare system to ensure our residents, and all transitioning foster youth, have access to the resources and services they need to achieve autonomy. * We conduct community outreach and offer education and training on critical foster care issues to create greater awareness and support for youth emerging from foster care. Casa Valentina's vision is a community in which all foster children receive the care and support they need to reach their full potential.
Our residents are overcomers, and we are excited about the strides they make with Casa Valentina!
One of our residents, a former homeless youth, was recently accepted to college in Tallahassee! This is her celebrating!
Our residents are really excited for Give Miami Day! Thank you for reaching out Miami!
Casa is where the heart is. Thank you for thinking of supporting our young women and men.
Casa Valentina residents have big hearts & love to spend time with four-legged friends.
Life Skills - Financial Management
Learning to budget and manage personal finances is an important step on the path to independence for Casa Valentina residents especially as they prepare to leave us. We provide financial literacy training through our workshops. Residents also gain real-life, hands-on experience, as they must pay their monthly program fee to Casa Valentina; purchase food, clothing, and other essential items; pay for mobile phone services; etc. with limited income. The staff develops a financial plan with the residents when they enter and review with them short, intermediate, and long-term goals with them regularly, tracking their progress.
Whispering Manes Equestrian Therapy
Whispering Manes has opened its doors to benefit our residents by providing the opportunity to interact with dedicated horses in a manner that promotes physical, mental, and emotional well being. Residents develop therapeutic relationships with horses, crossing boundaries of social and emotional issues in a way that encourages healing and improved self-esteem.