this book about a boy entering foster care helps kids adjust to their new foster home. I think the Maine writer is looking to introduce the book in other Child Welfare progams across the country. Contact info on her website linked above.
Hey, if one good thing comes of out Hurricane Katrina, it’s that families who never thought about it before are now considering foster parenting. Nice article shows how our own kids can inspire us.
Here’s some recent data from the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care. I always knew California’s numbers where high, but 18%?! That is WAY TOO MANY. By comparison, consider your child’s classroom of 25 students… seven would be in foster care. Btw, the above link takes you to the main page of Pew Commission, not the report… the report is in pdf format (which I hate…why don’t sites offer another viewing option?).
I know Arnold signed in some bills to help foster youth, but could someone please explain what they really mean?
For instance, Bill AB1412: “Gives foster youth more of a voice in the system by giving them the right to be involved in his or her own case plan for permanent placement.” Who will hear their voice? Right to be involved how? I’m not trying to be confrontational, I just want to understand through real-world examples what positive changes we can expect.
Anyone? Anyone? Arnold? (here is info on all the bills he signed)
There are two bills currently in Congress that would forgive law school loans for lawyers representing foster youth. Sounds a-okay to me! The SF Chronicle reports on a study released by the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles.
I am currently reading Another Place at the Table, by Kathy Harrison – a foster mom.
I’d love to meet her some day. She seems like a great mom, friend, and advocate for kids. No wonder she’s been honored by so many different groups. Here’s an interesting interview and reading guide from the publisher’s page.
Update: I finished this book and LOVED it. Kathy is an inspiration. She’s about to release another book, about taking care of her special-needs daughter.
Binders aid youths leaving foster care
I like this idea…emancipating youth not only get a list of resources out there to help them, but they get invaluable personal info from their time in foster care. Is there anything missing from these files that emancipating youth wish was included? Let me know!
Thanks to KPIX Channel 5 and Eye on the Bay!
The station put together a whole half hour show highlighting foster and adoptive families in the Bay Area. It was wonderful. You can see the show on their site. Look for the Oct 18 episode in the little Eye on the Bay monitors on the right side.