Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 3/11/2018

**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. **

LEADERSHIP ADVICE

10 Reasons to Have a Mentor by Julia Neiman (Please click to listen)

FEATURED ORGANIZATION

Transfiguring Adoption

NOTABLE UPDATES

NATIONAL

Collection of Literature on Promoting Higher Education
Link: https://news.illinoisstate.edu/2018/03/higher-education-resources-50/

Article on how Gifted Foster Youth are Often at Higher Risk of PTSD (Featuring Some Former Foster Youth who are becoming Leaders)
Link: https://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2018/03/07/the-gifted-child-in-foster-care-lost.html

5 Ways States Can Improve Permanency for Teens in Foster Care
Link: https://chronicleofsocialchange.org/research-related/report-five-ways-states-can-improve-permanency-teens-foster-care

CALIFORNIA

Samueli Academy is Planning to Establish an Educational/Housing Program for Foster Teens
Link: http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/news/tn-wknd-et-samueli-academy-20180301-story.html

CONNECTICUT

A Group of Current and Former Foster Youth Influenced the Introduction of Senate Bill 323, which is an “Act Requiring Notice Prior to the Transfer of a Child to a New Out-of-Home Placement.”
Link: https://patch.com/connecticut/newlondon/senator-urges-support-bill-inspired-foster-care-youth

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Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 1/29/2018

 

 

UNITED STATES

This article illustrated quite well why we see some of the negative adult outcomes we see from foster youth.  These outcomes are often presented in a way that dismisses the root of the outcomes and places most, if not all, the blame on foster youth for their outcomes.  Some of the key points from this article is that young adults leave foster care without adequate awareness of the resources that are available for them, and there are wait lists that are up to months and even years for the resources of which they are aware.  Understanding this, we must do a better job of nurturing the inherent ability of many foster youth of finding ways to make things work when there are few available resources (industriousness), instead of focusing so much on rigid curriculums that direct foster youth to overburdened, often state-sponsored resources as they are navigating life after foster care.
Link: http://wwmt.com/news/local/foster-care-youth-struggle-to-find-housing-after-aging-out-of-system

There is a new film, called “Night Comes On,” that showcases the transition for those leaving the juvenile justice system around the age of 18 and the contrast that could potentially exist between the lives of biological children and foster children who live in the same home. Please click the link for a review of the film.
Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt7184124/

Katie’s experience in the foster care system along with Mia and Robert’s passion for children and education led them to collaborate with Together We Rise to help make a difference in the lives of foster youth. Their goal is to help send foster youth to college and we need your help to raise $5,000 in 90 days!  There is under 25 days left to help with this challenge

Link: https://www.togetherwerise.org/fundraise/m_r_k

ALABAMA

Ozark CollegeShared by Melani

CALIFORNIA

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COLORADO
Story of former foster youth and University of Colorado Women’s Basketball Player, Janea Bunn
Link: https://www.thedenverchannel.com/sports/from-foster-care-to-division-i-athlete-cus-forward-janea-bunn-hopes-to-inspire-others

CONNECTICUT
At the Meriden Provider Network, Stacey from MW Chrysalis announced that they have funding for security deposits and first month’s rent for DV clients. The client must be employed. The funding is time limited, so they want to use it quickly. If you have any questions, call Stacey or Linsey at (860) 630-1638.
Link: https://mwchrysalis.org/

OHIO
The Pratt Center – Fostering Success and Leadership is designed to provide academic support services, personal and professional development activities for CSU students who have exited foster care and are pursuing a Bachelor’s degree.  Special attention through customized services will be given to the unique needs of foster care alumni enrolled at CSU as freshmen, transfer students from an accredited institution or returning students who previously stopped – out or dropped – out of college before earning a Bachelor’s degree.
Link: http://www.csuohio.edu/engagement/fostering-success-and-leadership-programs