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Wellroot Welcomes Back Independent Living Graduate as Program Intern

Wellroot Welcomes Back Independent Living Graduate as Program Intern

Former Wellroot residents, Anika and Kanisha, meet with Congressman Hank Johnson.

As we give thanks this season for all the talented people working for Wellroot Family Services and our mission, we want to take a moment to highlight and thank our own alumna, Anika Steed.  Anika, a graduate from our Independent Living Program, joined Wellroot this summer as a Master of Social Work (MSW) Intern.

After graduating in 2021 from Clark Atlanta University with her bachelor’s degree in social work, Anika continued to pursue her passion for serving others by pursuing an MSW from Troy University.  When Anika learned that a six-month internship with a child welfare provider was required, she immediately contacted Wellroot. 

“Prior to joining Wellroot, I worked as a Child Protective Service investigator for the Department of Family and Children Services,” Anika said.  “I have a passion to advocate for youth who have been through the foster care system. I am looking forward to making a difference and gaining experience while giving back to the Wellroot community.

Wellroot is blessed to have Anika join as one of our MSW interns working with the young adults in the Transitional and Independent Living programs (TLP and ILP).  As part of her internship, Anika is developing a resource guide that will help TLP, ILP, and Family Services participants quickly find childcare assistance, mental health assistance, and a wealth of other benefits.  She is also mentoring several TLP residents, coaching them through college applications and other life events. 

“I am so proud of Anika and everything she has achieved,” said Donita Green-Noel, ILP Life Coach. “I hope she stays connected with our Wellroot family after graduation.  It will be a joy to see her continue to inspire youth to live beyond the foster care system.”

Did you know you can now redirect your Georgia tax dollars to support young adults like Anika, who are transitioning from foster care? In 2022, Georgia legislatures passed House Bill 424, known as the “Fostering Success Act.” The “Fostering Success Act” establishes a tax credit for contributions to qualified Foster Child Support Organizations like Wellroot that can be used towards education, mentoring, and wraparound services for young adults transitioning out of foster care. Visit Wellroot.org/tax-credit to learn more or call our Development team at 404-327-5877. When you participate, you receive a 100 percent tax credit to your state income tax bill for your contribution. For financial advice about tax deductions, please consult a qualified professional advisor. 


About Our Residential Programs 

Transitional and Independent Living Programs

We shepherd young adults as they transition from foster care to adulthood. Our programs provide 24-hour support as well as community-based housing to each youth.  Wellroot offers ongoing life skills development, including financial literacy, tutoring, personal development, career development and education about nutrition and health. As part of both programs, we guide residents through the process of earning their high school diploma or GED and offer assistance entering college or trade school. Learn more

Family Housing Program 

Families accepted into our program are serious about leveraging the support we offer and gaining the skills needed to ensure their long-term sustainability upon completion of our program. We provide housing and financial assistance to these families, removing the barrier of homelessness by helping them move toward self-sufficiency. We offer courses in parenting, financial management, career coaching, and personal development among others, as well as help with continuing education. Upon graduation from our program, families have at least $1,000 in savings and steady employment. Learn more. 


Our Residents’ Stories

“Sometimes the smallest step in the right direction ends up being the biggest step of your life. Tiptoe if you must, but take a step.” This summer, we have 3 special graduations to celebrate! Read more.

We are so proud of Raekwon, ILP graduate, for his dedication to achieving his degree in banking, and graduated from Morehouse May 2022. Read more.

On September 30, 2021 two months after transitioning from our program Kiara bought her first HOME! Read more.

As a first-generation American, Grace entered TLP unsure of her future. That’s when Wellroot’s team wrapped around her and became a second family for Grace. Read more.

Maria didn’t let her circumstance become an excuse. Determined to graduate on time, with perseverance and hard work, she graduated high school. Read more.