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The girl had a habit of lying, the foster mom considered calling off the adoption.
Using an approach called solution-based casework, she helped the foster mom understand the bad behavior’s cause: the dishonesty was a survival tactic in the girl’s previous abusive living situation.
Caseworkers also use this approach to address destructive and ineffective behavior of birth parents who want to regain custody of their children.
“Family court is beginning to ask families to demonstrate how they can better care for their children, rather than just requiring them to complete classes,” says Graham Windham president Jess Dannhauser.
To ensure successful educational outcomes for children and youth in foster care across the country, under the leadership of Casey Family Programs, 12 organizations have joined together as the National Working Group on Foster Care and Education.
The working group heightens national awareness of the educational needs of children and youth in care, and promotes best and promising practices and reforms across educational, child welfare, and juvenile and family court systems.
To help address and improve educational outcomes for youth in care, Casey Family Programs developed the Endless Dreams video and training curriculum.
These practiceoriented tools were designed to support educational advocates, education specialists, education liaisons, CASA volunteers, child welfare professionals, and others that assist youth in care with their educational needs.
Programs to help:
Everyone here has spent part of their youth in foster care. Which means everyone here has built a support system from scratch.
UCLA is one of a growing number of colleges and universities across the USA that are offering more services to students who grew up in foster care.
The University of Alaska is piloting a program that provides academic and social support for 18 students.
Buena Vista University in Storm Lake, Iowa, this year is providing full scholarships, year-round housing and summer jobs to three foster care students and is seeking donors to support more.
Colorado State University-Fort Collins recently sent gloves, cough drops and macaroni and cheese to 28 students as part of its Fostering Success program launched in 2010.
Since the federal law passed, at least 18 states, including Oregon, Michigan and California, and the District of Columbia have enacted or strengthened state policies or are considering legislation to extend care up to age 21. Proposals are pending in several states.
Fixing foster care 5 strategies
Strengthen Families of Origin
Support Case Workers
Educate the Public
Help Children Deal With Unresolved Grief and Loss
Guide Children in Building Connections
Foster care problems
post traumatic stress disorders
help young people build their self-esteem
provides quality life experiences to children and young people who have been victimized
with the right care a child can flourish, and sometimes foster care may be the only solution. need for strengthening foster care programs
keeping a child in their own homes or placed with a relative in a nurturing family environment.
address the need for more caring, committed people becoming foster care givers
community to provide help for families.
A key issue is the case worker, often an area of need as time and funds are issues.
adoption and its challenges.