Foster Leaders Weekly Updates – 3/27/2018

**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. **

INTRODUCING NEW FOSTER LEADERS

Twanee
Twanee Sabb

Jessica
Jessica Walters

 

BULLETIN BOARD

ALABAMA
We have a former foster youth in Cullman County who is interested in becoming a foster parent. Are there any veteran foster parents who would like to make themselves available as a mentor or would like to comment with helpful advice?

ARIZONA
via Laura with Arizonans for Children: The church Arizonans for Children has been storing the gifts for the 2018 Holiday Party for kids in foster care has given us until 4/11 to move everything out. We need storage ASAP. Without storage over 1000 kids in foster care will not get Christmas of any kind. These are kids that have already lost everything, family, home, friends and any sense of stability. The Arizonans for Children Annual Holiday Party is often the only bright spot for these kids during the holiday season. If you can help or know someone that can help please let me know az4children.laura@gmail.com 480-295-6963.

HIGHLIGHTED VIDEO

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FORMER FOSTER YOUTH VOICES

Discussion on the Role that Colleges and Universities Play in the Lives of Foster Youth (This Includes a Link to Support Programs for Foster Youth in College around the Nation)
Link: https://youthtoday.org/2018/03/colleges-universities-should-be-pressured-to-help-students-in-foster-care/

4 Former Foster Youth from Arizona Share their Stories
Link: https://www.azcentral.com/story/opinion/editorial/2017/11/03/foster-care-arizona-eric-davis/691344001/

NOTABLE UPDATES

CALIFORNIA

Former Foster Youth Appointed to the Los Angeles County Commission for Children and Families
https://lbpost.com/news/long-beach-resident-former-foster-child-appointed-to-county-commission/

TEXAS

Friday’s Child is a Film about a Foster Youth Aging-Out of Foster Care in Killeen, TX.
Links:
http://kdhnews.com/news/texas/killeen-foster-care-system-featured-element-of-friday-s-child/article_03c157fa-2b92-11e8-8574-732d5c84ce85.html
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5342090/

WASHINGTON

Driver’s Assistance Program for Foster Youth 16-21 in the State of Washington
Links:
https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/treehouse-to-provide-auto-insurance-at-no-charge-statewide-for-youth-in-foster-care-300618351.html
http://www.treehouseforkids.org/our-services/drivers-assistance/

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Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 3/4/2018

**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. **

Please Meet the Newest Foster Leaders:

 

kyshaJeremiah SalinasPrizila Dajia Vidal

 

Notable Updates

CALIFORNIA

Foster Youth Advisory Committee Meeting (Oakland Unified School District)
https://www.ousd.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=2&PageType=17&DomainID=1&ModuleInstanceID=223&EventDateID=57979

WASHINGTON

Discussion on Recruiting more African American Foster Parents and Addressing Racial Disparity in Foster Care
Link: http://youthtoday.org/2018/02/found-black-foster-parents-confronted-racial-disparity-foster-care/

Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 2/25/2018

**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. **

NATIONWIDE

Dani Townsend, David Hall and Nico’Lee Biddle introduced 6 points on preventing unnecessary removal from parents.


CALIFORNIA

Foster VC Kids
established a program called Businesses with Heart which provides discounts for foster youth and caregivers.   For example, Chipotle has hosted 3 job fairs.
Link: https://www.prurgent.com/2018-02-20/pressrelease439104.htm

The Ramos Family Endowed Scholarship Fund is available for those who are pursuing college or vocational training in San Bernardino County
Link: http://iecn.com/scholarship-fund-brings-hope-homeless-foster-students

GEORGIA

Team FLiP aims to improve the financial well being among foster youth. Since many foster youth are sheltered from financial decisions, rates of homelessness among youth aging out of the system can reach upwards of 65%. FLiP plans to create a corporate-sponsored case-competition, which would include the experience of research and growth of critical thought.

Link: http://grandchallenges.gatech.edu/content/flip

OREGON

Project Foster Kids USA is officially collecting once again for their Easter Basket Drive. Last year they had 298 Easter baskets donated to foster kids. Now, they have set their highest goal yet: 500 Baskets. This number will be split between not one, but THREE counties in Oregon. Each county will be collecting donations.  Click here to learn more.

WASHINGTON

SB 6274 – 2017 – 18 is a bill that is designed to make sure that apprenticeships are included in the Passport to College Promise Program
Link:
http://www.spokesman.com/stories/2018/feb/20/help-sought-for-homeless-youth-foster-children/
http://app.leg.wa.gov/billsummary?BillNumber=6274&Year=2018

 

Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 2/18/2018

**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. **

STATEMENT ON FLORIDA SCHOOL SHOOTING

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LEADERSHIP ADVICE: RESPONSIBLE SMARTPHONE USE

NOTABLE UPDATES

NATIONWIDE

After years of being restricted from receiving Medicaid up to 26 years old if they moved out of state, former foster youth may now be able to do so, thanks to the Health Insurance for Former Foster Youth Act.
Link: https://bass.house.gov/media-center/press-releases/rep-bass-introduces-legislation-ensure-former-foster-youth-can-keep

CALIFORNIA

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COLORADO

Those aging-out of Colorado foster care are helped by housing vouchers.

Link: http://denver.cbslocal.com/2018/02/13/housing-vouchers-foster-youth/

NEVADA

Senate Bill 231 is now heading to the desk of the Governor.  This bill is expected to provide a tax credit to those who hire young adults from state care.
Link: http://www.lasvegasoptic.com/content/tax-incentive-hiring-foster-youth-heads-governor 

NORTH CAROLINA

Transportation Really Is Possible (TRIP) pilot program is available to help foster youth with costs associated with acquiring a driver’s license

Link: https://www.ncdhhs.gov/news/press-releases/pilot-program-helps-eligible-foster-youth-obtain-driver%E2%80%99s-license

WASHINGTON

Mike McCready from Pearl Jam worked with 4 young adults from foster care to create a song
Link: http://q13fox.com/2018/02/13/pearl-jams-mike-mccready-helps-foster-care-youth-create-their-own-music/

WEST VIRGINIA

The former campus for the West Virginia University Institute of Technology will now provide students transitioning out of foster care with an opportunity to earn two-year degrees and live on-campus at no cost to them.
Link: http://wvah.com/news/local/west-virginia-college-for-foster-care-youth-gets-name

Foster Leaders Weekly Update – 1/7/2018


Our Foster Leaders Weekly Update platform is designed to share notable information that we come across in our networking efforts. The information we share is meant to benefit those transitioning from foster care to a sustainable adulthood and those who are in the position to guide them. We purposely focus our information sharing on the 3 core concepts that guide Foster Leaders:

WE FOSTER CONNECTION through information that promotes the growth of a local and a national support network for those transitioning out of foster care.

WE FOSTER LEARNING through sharing opportunities to practice skills that are important in foster youth achieving the personal leadership goals.

WE FOSTER LEADERS by promoting former foster youth who are serving their communities, pursuing their career goals, and participating in other leadership roles in their respective communities.

In an effort to alleviate some of the information overload that is encountered by many of those who are involved with foster care at some level, we sort our updates by geographic location. Moreover, all information that benefits those in only one state is sorted by that particular state and all information that benefits those in more than one state is sorted under “NATIONWIDE.”

Please comment on this post if you would like to share a resource, event, news article, or other piece of information that is beneficial to those transitioning out of foster care or those who are guiding them through their transition.


 

NOTABLE UPDATES

NATIONAL

Guide to Tuition Assistance Programs for foster youth in all 50 states
Link: https://www.ecs.org/state-level-tuition-assistance-programs-for-foster-youth-in-postsecondary-education/

ALABAMA

This is a neat resource I came across this past week.  The Academy of Craft Training is a public/private partnership between the construction industry and the State of Alabama’s K-12 education system. Our mission is to recruit, educate and guide high school students for educational and employment opportunities in the construction industry. Approximately 30 percent of students graduate from high school don’t attend college and have neither academic nor job skills. Our goal is to help these students get the education and skills they need to be entry-level, skilled workers in the construction industry.
Link: http://academyofcrafttraining.org/

MISSOURI

Have come across many articles saying that the Missouri Governor’s wife, Sheena Greitens, is heavily focused on foster care.  Is there a way we can connect with her and be a resource for her?

NEW YORK

For high school students involved in the child welfare system, The Foundling’s Road to Success Program matches teens with a private tutor, who helps them in all areas of school and classwork at the locations and times that work best for the student. Tutors then guide their students through the college application process.
Link: https://www.nyfoundling.org/blog/changing-education-outcomes-foster-youth-look-2017/

OHIO

Fostering Further has created a store where young adults who have aged out of the foster care system around Licking County can get free supplies for their new home, whether it be a college dorm room or an apartment. The store has kitchen supplies, lamps, small furniture, personal care items and nonperishable food.
Link: http://www.newarkadvocate.com/story/news/local/2018/01/05/group-helps-foster-care-youth-they-start-their-own/931975001/

TEXAS

TruLight 127 was started by a former foster youth, named Sondra Ajasin and is dedicated to making sure youth do not have to age out of foster care.
Link: http://www.trulight127.org/

WASHINGTON

Former foster youth who is a Washington State Representative.  Her name is Rep. Michelle Caldier and she sponsored House Bill 1444 that requires  school districts to facilitate on-time grade-level progression and graduation for homeless, foster and other at-risk youth. Local graduation requirements will now be waived for students who enroll in three or more districts throughout the year and still meet state graduation requirements. Instead of being shown the door, thousands of students will instead be handed a diploma.
Link: http://houserepublicans.wa.gov/2018/01/01/helping-homeless-foster-youth-graduate/

HOW TO GET INVOLVED TODAY

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