Failure To Launch Programs

What are failure to launch programs?

Failure to launch programs are for young adults that have been struggling to find independence and “launch” into young adulthood. These programs work with young adults to help them gain the skills they need, as well as address any underlying issues that may be contributing to the young adults setbacks. 

These failure to launch programs work by creating an environment where young adults will be safe, receive support and instruction, and also be able to eventually transition to less structure and oversight.

 Failure to launch programs are typically residential programs, meaning that young adults live there. This is an important piece of bigger picture: young adults that have failure to launch need to have some sort of separation from their family system during this process. It allows them to see themselves as individuals and experience success independent from their parents and family. 


Failure to launch programs also work on emotional development via experiential and therapeutic activities. In order to become competent adults, clients have to feel success and independence for themselves. 

Another option for those considering a failure to launch program is an independent living program. One such program is Journey Home Young Adult, designed for teens ages 18-23. Journey Home Young Adult works with clients that have emotional, behavioral, or mental health disorders and are transitioning from a successful stay at a previous therapeutic program. 

Journey Home Young Adult helps teens establish themselves as thriving young adults. Together, we identify goals and barriers so that our students can achieve their hopes and dreams while finding independence, purpose, and community. 

We identify goals together and our students achieve their goals with support and encouragement from our team and their peers. Journey Home Young Adult helps teens find success and achieve lasting changing as they transition into young adulthood. 

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Who should attend failure to launch programs?

Failure to launch programs are designed for young adults of all genders, typically 18-30 years of age. Young adults that are struggling to successfully transition into young or emerging adulthood can find support and guidance in a failure to launch program. These struggles can show up in a variety of ways, but there is typically a lack of traditional signs of young adulthood. It could be that they are unable to secure or maintain a job, lack of academic success, still living with their parents, or a combination of these things. 

Young adults that have found themselves in a consistent pattern of these types of behaviors can find hope and success in a failure to launch program. An ideal candidate is someone who is hoping to shift from dependency to independency from others – especially their parents – and want help creating and implementing a successful life plan. 

An alternative to a traditional failure to launch program is Journey Home Young Adult. Journey Home Young Adult is a independent living program for teens ages 18-23. Journey Home Young Adult differs from other failure to launch programs by focusing on a specific age range, as the issues and needs that Journey Home Young Adult addresses differ from those that a 30 year old client might need. Also, Journey Home Young Adult works with students that have previously been in therapeutic treatment, and is designed to keep the momentum of that successful treatment going.

What makes Journey Home Young Adult a great option for families looking for failure to launch programs?

Journey Home Young Adult is a great option for teens that are considering other failure to launch programs. With our small program size, we are able to offer personalized coaching and mentoring, along with a completely individualized program that meets the exact needs of our clients. Our supportive, compassionate approach to young adulthood provides a caring space for teens to grow and blossom into who they want to become. 

With a comprehensive approach, we combine personal responsibility, healthy relationships, college integration, and life skills into our independent living program. Journey Home Young Adult also emphasizes emotional and physical health, providing ample time in the schedule to address both via mentoring and coaching. 

At Journey Home Young Adult, our students have choices. From day-to-day decisions to big picture life choices, we want the teens at Journey Home Young Adult to feel empowered to understand all of the options and draw their own conclusions. We feel this approach helps our students improve self-sufficiency and increase engagement by being able to select choices that are meaningful to them. 

We believe all of these choices start with healthy relationships – a healthy relationship with self and with those around you. That’s why we designed our program to be small – 10-11 clients – so that we can make, model, and practice positive relationships with our students. This approach not only creates lasting friendships, it improves communication skills and helps our students identify what is important to them. 

Journey Home Young Adult looks at the past, present, and future in order to help our young women. By helping our students recognize their past maladaptive patterns from the past, we can work in the present to replace those with healthy patterns, laying the groundwork for a successful future. 

Our goal is to help teens make a healthy transition into young adulthood, by being responsible, successful, and fulfilled young women. We have helped many teens achieve success, and would be honored to help you too. 

Research on the benefits of failure to launch programs

The need for effective failure to launch programs has been growing over the past ten years, with the age of adults needing mental health services trending younger and younger. These behaviors related to failure to launch have negative impacts on the young adult, their family system, and even the economy. By avoiding successful transition into young adulthood, young adults place a financial burden on their parents. This worsens feelings of guilt and shame, creating a vicious cycle – as many young adults that have failed to launch also struggle with anxiety and depression

Failure to launch programs help break this cycle, by implementing structure and strategies to help young adults find success. Because their parents and family have often comprised much of their support systems – including their financial support system – young adults in failure to launch programs help clients build their own support systems. Effective programs also support the emotional needs of their clients, typically with a therapist or team of clinical professionals to guide their progress. 

This type of therapeutic work helps with identity formation, which is linked to successful transition into emerging or young adulthood. By improving self-esteem, confidence, and a sense of agency, young adults are able to replace negative beliefs (“I’m not worthy of success”) with positive ones (“I am worthy of success”). They are able to become self-sufficient and transition to living outside of the home after completion of the program.  

While most of these programs focus on creating new ways of being for the young adults in the program, there is typically a parent and family component as well. Parents have to re-learn how to engage with their young adult children in ways that support but not enable them. It is important that this work be done, so that parents learn how to hold boundaries in case their child starts to fall back into old habits. 


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