New Directions

Casa Kids, ages 18 to 25, who are emancipated from or currently in foster care or are probationary youth, can participate in New Directions, a transitional housing program that equips youth with the necessary skills and resources to make a successful transition from foster care to independent living. New Directions includes housing and services for emancipated or current youth in foster care who are pregnant and/or parenting.


  • Stable housing, furnishings and basic necessities
  • Support for overall medical and mental health
  • Employment, education, and career planning
  • Money management
  • Life skills training
  • Relationship mediation
  • Monthly gift cards for groceries and transportation
  • Emancipation funds available upon graduation
  • Optional matched savings program
  • Parenting skill-building for residents with children

Program and Facility

  • Started in June 2008
  • Fully furnished and equipped apartments in Oceanside and San Marcos
  • Housing for Casa Kids and their children

Eligibility and Fees

Clients are referred by San Diego County Child Welfare Services. Teens from Casa de Amparo’s Residential Services may be referred as well. Potential clients can self-refer by contacting New Directions to determine eligibility. Participants contribute to reduced rent on a graduated plan.


New Directions Program Manager


New Directions Office

103 Rancho Del Oro Drive, Bldg. A

Oceanside, CA 92057

Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

This program maintains on-call, 24-hour emergency case management support. Office hours for advocates are flexible.