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 – 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