Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 3/18/2018

**If you would like to share any event(s), resource(s), or any other update(s) that are beneficial to those transitioning out of foster care or those who are dedicated to guiding them through this transition, please comment on this post with a brief summary, in which states this information is relevant, and link(s) where we can find more information. **

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Foster Leaders is partnering with Foster Care Film to screen their new short film, “For a Better Life.”  This screening will be available on our website at no charge for the first 15 people to sign up for the screening and to agree to participate in a panel discussion the night of the screening.  Please click here for more details.

Good Luck to Sharane Calister on The Voice

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Good Luck to Marcio Donaldson on American Idol

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MEET OUR NEW FOSTER LEADERS

Devin From Campbell County, VA
(Click Photo to Learn More about Devin)

Devin Hubert

If you are a former foster youth who would like to join the Foster Leaders Leadership Network, please click here.

VOICES OF FORMER FOSTER YOUTH

Alexei Ruiz discusses the issues facing foster youth as they seek one of life’s most basic needs, human connection.
Link: http://tucson.com/news/local/in-their-own-words-alexei-ruiz/youtube_17447897-415c-5995-bfc8-8754b97c3374.html

Donald Jayne discusses his experience being prescribed several medications and being proud of where you came from, even when life has been difficult.
Link: http://tucson.com/news/local/in-their-own-words-donald-jayne/youtube_91f05f99-9147-5c02-832d-6110da0d2ca9.html

NOTABLE INFORMATION

NATIONWIDE

FosterClub Transition Toolkit
Link: http://store.fosterclub.com/transition-toolkit-download/

6 Helpful Studies on Helping Foster Youth Navigate their Transitions from Foster Care
Link: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/archive/media/press/2016/national-youth-in-transition-data

CALIFORNIA

The Cal Coast Cares Foundation has announced it will award up to $35,000 in scholarships this year for college-bound high school seniors and current or former foster students in San Diego or Riverside counties.
Link: https://www.eastcountymagazine.org/cal-coast-cares-foundation-announces-2018-scholarship-applications-high-school-seniors-and-foster


MICHIGAN

To apply or learn more about the Fostering Futures Scholarship, go to http://www.fosteringfutures-mi.com. Questions should be directed to Treasury’s Student Scholarships and Grants area at mistudentaid@michigan.gov or call toll-free at 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687).
Link: http://www.thealpenanews.com/news/local-news/2018/03/scholarship-available-for-foster-children/

VIRGINIA

Teens in Foster Care will Soon be able to Request Reunification with Birth Parents
Link: https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/foster-care-teens-can-soon-ask-to-reunite-with-birth-parents/2018/03/13/4dda7e38-270b-11e8-a227-fd2b009466bc_story.html?utm_term=.a98bcdd112e9utm_term=.a98bcdd112e9

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