Transition to Adulthood

Transition to Adulthood Programs

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia runs several programs to support patients who are getting ready to transition to adult healthcare and adult life. These free programs, called REACH (Rapport, Empowerment, Advocacy, through Connections and Health), are for young people with chronic conditions and their parents.

REACH's mission is to prepare youth 14 to 24, with special healthcare needs, for a successful transition into adulthood by providing peer support, guidance and resources.

Find the REACH program that is best for you!

REACH for the Future
A one-night workshop for youth 14 to 21 with an autism spectrum disorder

REACH Your Potential
A one-night workshop for youth 14 to 21 with an intellectual disability

REACH for College
A two-night workshop for youth 15 to 19 planning to go to college

Become a REACH for College Mentor!
For undergraduate and graduate student who are interested in sharing their experiences about living successfully with a chronic illness during college

REACH for Independence
A two-night workshop for youth 16 to 24 learning to take better care of their health

Other transition programs

CHOP Career Path
A program that provides young adults 18 to 22 with internships and job coaching to develop vocational skills and independence

Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Transition Program
A program that provides care coordination, education and/or vocational assistance to youth 15 to 19. This program also includes a Concussion Support Group that is open to youth and parents who are not accessing other aspects of the TBI Program.

REACH for the Future

A one-night workshop for youth 14 to 21 with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Parent and self-advocate mentors will share their experiences and advice on planning for adult life. Caregivers and youth will participate in activities and discussions about this planning process.

Topics include:

Upcoming workshop

Date and time to be determined. 

To be contacted when the next REACH for the Future is scheduled, please complete this form or call the REACH program at 267-426-5569.

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REACH Your Potential

A one-night workshop for youth 14 to 21 with an intellectual disability

Parent and self-advocate mentors will share their experiences and advice on planning for adult life. Caregivers and youth will participate in activities and discussions about this planning process.

Topics include:

Upcoming workshop

Date and time to be determined.

To be contacted when the next workshop is scheduled, please call the REACH program at 267-426-5569 or complete and submit this form.

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REACH for College

A two-night workshop for youth 15 to 19 planning to go to college

The sessions focus on the medical and social transitions necessary to plan for and navigate college life successfully. With the help of college-aged mentors attending college with chronic illness, CHOP physicians and social workers, as well as representatives from the Office of Disability Services at a local college, participants and their parents are able to work towards a successful transition to college.

Topics include:

Upcoming workshop

To be announced.

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Do you want to be a REACH mentor?

We are seeking undergraduate and graduate student mentors who are willing to share their experiences about living successfully with a chronic illness during college. This is a short-term commitment. No previous mentoring experience required. Please plan to attend a mentor orientation and both workshops. Food will be provided. Please apply by emailing the REACH program or by calling 267-426-5569.

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REACH for Independence

A two-night workshop for youth 16 to 24 learning to take better care of their health

Caregivers and youth will participate in activities and discussions about learning to navigate the adult healthcare system and promote healthcare independence.

Topics include:

Upcoming workshop

Date and time to be determined.

To be contacted when the next workshop is scheduled, please call the REACH program at 267-426-5569 or complete and submit this form.

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CHOP Career Path

The goal of CHOP Career Path is to bridge the gap between high school and the world of work for young adults ages 18-22 with chronic illness and/or disabilities.

By using job coaches and internships at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia or in the community, the program assists young adults with making the transition from adolescence and school to adulthood and work, with an emphasis on vocational training and independent living skills.

The program receives referrals for services from the student's local Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR). Please contact your local office to learn more about being referred to the CHOP Career Path Program.

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Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Transition Program

The Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) Transition Program provides a support group, care coordination, education and vocational assistance to teens, 15 to 19 years old with a TBI, including concussion. The program includes a social worker and a self advocate with a TBI.
Download more details about the TBI Transition Program.

Concussion Support Group

One component of the TBI Transition Program is the Concussion Support Group. This support group is for teens that have had a concussion with symptoms lasting at least 3 months and their parents and caregivers. The group is also open to youth and parents who are not accessing other aspects of the TBI Program. Participants are welcome to attend one or multiple sessions. The group is held on the third Wednesday of the month.

Upcoming sessions are from 6:30 to 8 p.m., at 3535 Market Street, 16th Floor:

For more information or to RSVP for the Support Group:

Concussion Support downloadable flyer»

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