Foster Leaders Weekly Updates – 4/17/2018

Our weekly updates meetings are virtual meetings, which allows us to connect with our representatives and our supporters around the United States and beyond.  If you would like to share any information that is beneficial to those transitioning out of foster care or those who are guiding them through this transition, please comment on this post and your information may be discussed during the meeting.

Please listen to our meeting podcast at:
http://www.blogtalkradio.com/fosterleadersus/2018/04/18/foster-leaders-weekly-update–4172018

 

WELCOME TO OUR NEWEST FOSTER LEADERS

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UPCOMING EVENT: APRIL 29th – Online Screening and Virtual Panel Discussion of “For a Better Life” by Foster Care Film

CA – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH SHARE INSIGHT WITH FOSTER PARENTS AND SOCIAL WORKERS
SOURCE: http://www.cbs8.com/clip/14275450/adopt-8-former-foster-youth-provide-unique-insight-into-the-system

NE – RESOURCE SPOTLIGHT
HomeStart is a collective effort between the Junior League of Lincoln and HUB Central Access Point for Young Adults to create HomeStart, which provides home essentials for young adults as they transition out of care.  These home essentials, like bedding and hygiene items, are provided at no charge.
Source: http://www.klkntv.com/story/37906869/local-non-profit-donates-household-supplies-to-youth-in-need

NY – EVENT PROCEEDS HELPING FOSTER YOUTH GO TO CAMP FELIX

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WI – FORMER FOSTER SPOTLIGHT
Chance Cork recently won the Outstanding Undergraduate Returning Adult Student Award at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.  After briefly attending college, Chance worked for 6 years and realized that he had an interest in Engineering.  Despite a learning disability, he has returned to college and has become a recognized student in the Materials Science and Engineering Program.
Source: https://news.wisc.edu/top-returning-adult-students-honored-for-perseverance-success/

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER SPOTLIGHT
On March 30th, 2018, Kaysie Getty launched her project called Sew Educated.  The goal of Sew EdUcated is to provide custom stoles to alumni of foster care graduating from college to celebrate their success and defying the odds. By wearing these stoles it will bring awareness not only to others around them but their universities as well. The vision is to “Change the less than to Greater”. Please click here to visit the Facebook page to learn more,

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH MANAGING RESEARCH PROJECT
ANYONE with former foster care experience is invited to participate…the end goal is to further protect foster youth rights. My senior thesis, which is IRB approved, is focusing on Foster Youth’s Cultural Identity and It’s Impact on Social Well-Being. I found through my experience, the foster care bill of rights, and and academic literature that cultural identity is an often overlooked yet integral piece of well being especially in foster youth. Here is the link to participate: https://ucdavis.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_byMqgxUvFj3bddj

 

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, MARCIO DONALDSON, ON AMERICAN IDOL.  VOTING BEGINS ON APRIL 22.  PLEASE CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO VOTE ON MARCIO.

NATIONAL (USA) – FORMER FOSTER YOUTH, SHARANE CALISTER, ON THE VOICE.

Most of our discussion will be over the foster youth college they are planning to establish in West Virginia.  Thomas Bailey, who is leading the planning of that project, is joining us to discuss some of the specifics and to address any questions/feedback that he is able to answer.
Link to article:
https://www.kvc.org/blog/first-college-for-youth-emerging-from-foster-care-gets-name-opening-date/

QUESTIONS/FEEDBACK ABOUT FOSTER YOUTH COLLEGE:

–  Cost to the Students

–  Cost to the Public

–  Admissions Criteria

–  Curriculum/Course Offerings (Academic/Trade)

–  Accreditation Information

–  What kind of Outreach to Foster Youth in High School

–  Any Plans for an Open House in the Future?

–  What Role Have Foster Youth Played in the Planning for this Project?

–  How will the College and Faculty/Staff Address Stigmas and Labeling?

–  Is Hiring Alumni from Care a Priority?

–  Will this Campus Provide Dormitory Living?

–  What Percentage of Students will be able to Live On-Campus?

– How is this an Improvement over Robust College Support Programs (like Guardian Scholars or Fostering Success Michigan) that Serve and Support Students Attending a Traditional College?

–  Are you all Partnering with Existing College Support Programs?

–  Are Students able to get their General Education and Transfer?

–  What Level of Training on Mental Health/Trauma-Informed Care will Staff Have

–  Is there a Goal or Openness to Have a Campus Like this in other States in the Future?

–  Will there be Distance-Learning Opportunities?

–  Are they Currently Hiring? – Kathy Jones

– Would those who had Failed Adoptions or those Adopted at a Late age be able to Attend?

–  There’s Something about that which makes it seem less legit, less Accredited. Why not Riverbend College or Riverbend University?  Is this Meant to be a Trade-School Only?

– How will this College Play a Role in Integrating those from Foster Care into the General Population?

– How will the young people there maintain connections with their home communities?

– What will the transition from home to campus look like? And then from campus to home?

– What provisions will be made for youth who don’t like it there?

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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/

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
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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

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