Blog > Evolve Initiative Update

Evolve Initiative Update

Quaint residential homes basking in the warm glow of a sunny day, with well-manicured lawns and a serene suburban vibe.

Program Update

The Evolve Initiative is a small, community-based program providing safety, security, and evidenced-based therapeutic services for foster children with limited placement options. The program targets children with acute trauma recovery, mental health, and behavior management needs. Most youth have had multiple failed placements and reside in hotels or are exiting psychiatric treatment. Without intensive services, many would face homelessness, incarceration, and further abuse. Trained foster parents, behavioral therapists, and counselors provide intensive services that promote resiliency, positive coping skills, and life skills to successfully transition into communities.

Project Update

The first home opened in Conyers in February 2023, with additional homes launching in Augusta in May and November 2023. There will be additional homes opening in Augusta in 2024.


Between February and July, the program served 14 youth and achieved the following goals:

  • 82% of residents decreased destructive or self-harming behaviors.
  • 87% of residents completed the majority of the goals in their individual service plan.
  • 89% of residents increased life skills and behavior management capability.
  • 4 residents transitioned to step-down placements in the community or reunited with family.

As we continue to grow the Evolve Initiative, we look forward to sharing more stories of successes with you in the future!