My Decision

Transition Choices

As you transition to independence you will have a very important choice to make. Do you want to be on your own or go into a transition program? It's your responsibility to be informed and make good choices. Below are some transition programs:

Stepping Stones, Inc.
It's My Move
P.O. Box 539
Lavalette, WV 25535
(304) 429-2297

It's My Move gives you a chance to try new things without doing it alone. It's a step by step journey into adulthood with caring people at your side.

  • Learn about people and places that can help you.
  • Connect with people who can help you think about your future career, get a job and do well at work.
  • Step up into your own apartment gradually, with a 3-step program that teaches you what you need to know along the way.
  • Learn important skills for taking care of your home, your life and your world. You make your dreams come true by making good choices. It's My Move gives you the time, support and advice you need to get it right.

Burlington United Methodist Family Services
Pathways - Transitional Living Program
145 Southern Drive
Keyser, WV 26710
(304) 788-5241

Pathways is a transitional living program designed to prepare youth 16 to 21 with the skills needed for independence. We utilize a three phase program with a group home, supported apartments and independent living, using a holistic approach that promotes emotional, spiritual and behavioral stability required for successful community reintegration. All youth participate in education, employment and life skills components to achieve their goals.

Youth Services System

87-15th Street
P. O. Box 6041
Wheeling, WV 26003
(304) 233-9627

Youth Services System (YSS) Inc. is a West Virginia non-profit organization that has served over 16,000 young people in the last 34 years. YSS began in 1974 to offer new and innovative options to West Virginia's at-risk youth. We offer a range of services, all aimed at resolving crisis and building skills and social connections for youth.


1592 Washington Street, East
Charleston, WV 25311
(304) 340-3690

The New Connections Independent Living program is for older youth (16-21) who are in the custody of the state, or who are homeless. Five on-site apartments are rented to youth who are working and attending school. Residents maintain their own apartments, buy groceries, prepare their own meals, and manage their own money. New Connections staff provides help in setting up the apartment, support, and twenty-four hour a day supervision.


Making a Good Choice About Your Transition
  • Consider calling the Transitional Living Programs yourself and asking questions about the program.
  • Visit the program websites listed in this Guidebook.
  • Talk to your social worker.
  • Talk to people who have had experience with the program.
  • Think about your plans for the future. What transition choice will best prepare you for the life you want?
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