I Carry On

March 27th, 2012
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850745_rainy_eveningWe have lost our sunshine. All of those posts about how beautiful it was outside and how happy I was that summer had come early this year- we are supposed to get snow by the end of the week. I had to laugh at myself for how downhearted that made me feel. I should expect this type of weather but somehow every year it sideswipes me and leaves me feeling as though someone took away my birthday. Perhaps that general feeling of desperation comes from the fact that when it is cold, the kids are inside more. I know that sounds terrible but it is so true. When they are outside, they make their messes out there. They work and play outside… [more]

Reading= Success

March 25th, 2012
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899943_girls_read_bookI heard the saddest news yesterday when I was talking with a local third grade school teacher. She said that out of the 21 kids that she had in her class- 10 of them read at a first grade level. I really had to pity her. She is required to teach these children third grade material when over half of her class is not able to functionally read. This is not good. The area that she teaches is a lower income area. There are many children who are in and out of foster care in the town. Even with all of those reasons, my heart was still affected. These kids deserve better. That is where the foster families that are dedicated come… [more]

Helping College Bound Foster Children

May 3rd, 2007
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Imagine your child going off to college without the loving support of his or her family. Every year thousands of foster children aged out of the system will embark on the journey of going off to college. These children will attend college feeling scared, lonely and unsure of things. They do not have someone to give them moral support and listen to them when they have had a bad day. There is not anyone waiting back home to hear how school is going, send care packages, or love and support them. Orphan Foundation of America supports and helps foster children attending college by sending care packages. What a wonderful way to let a child know that someone cares about him or her. Anyone can… [more]

College Help for Foster Children Nevada

April 12th, 2007
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Nevada Nevada ETV Program You may be eligible for funding of up to $5000 per year while you are in college or a vocational or technical training program! You may qualify if: • You are 18, 19 or 20 years old. • You are in foster care or you were in foster care as a teenager and you are a US citizen or qualified non-citizen. • You aged out of the foster care system at age 18 or were adopted from foster care with adoption finalization after your 16th birthday. Haley Jarolimek Independent Living Coordinator/Specialist Division of Children and Family Services 4220 S. Maryland Pkwy. Las Vegas, NV 89119 hjarolim@dcfs.state.nv.us Phone: 702-486-7668 Nevada Partnership for Homeless Youth Nevada Partnership for homeless youth hopes to eliminate homelessness among their youth. All homeless youth in Nevada share the same opportunities for… [more]

College Help for Foster Children Idaho and Montana

April 9th, 2007
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Idaho Idaho ETV Program You may be eligible for funding of up to $5000 per year while you are in college or a vocational or technical training program! You may qualify if:

  • You are 18, 19 or 20 years old.
  • You are in foster care or you were in foster care as a teenager and you are a US citizen or qualified non-citizen
  • You aged out of the foster care system at age 18 or were adopted from foster care with adoption finalization after your 16th birthday.
Lori Yellen IL Coordinator Idaho Department of Health and Welfare 450 West State St. 5th Floor Boise, ID 83720-0036 yellenl@idhw.state.id.us Phone: 2083345695 Montana Montana ETV Program You may be eligible for funding of up to $5000 per year while you are in college or a vocational or technical… [more]

College Help For Foster Children – New Mexico and Kansas

March 31st, 2007
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New Mexico New Mexico ETV Program You may be eligible for funding of up to $5000 per year while you are in college or a vocational or technical training program! You may qualify if:

  • You are 18, 19 or 20 years old.
  • You are in foster care or you were in foster care as a teenager and you are a US citizen or qualified non-citizen
  • You aged out of the foster care system at age 18 or were adopted from foster care with adoption finalization after your 16th birthday.
  • You have been accepted into or are enrolled in a degree, certificate or other program at a college, university, technical or vocational school and you show progress towards that degree or certificate.
To find out more about the specific eligibility requirements for your state, contact your caseworker or: Ceslie… [more]

College Help for Foster Children – Oklahoma

March 31st, 2007
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Oklahoma ETV Program You may be eligible for funding of up to $5000 per year while you are in college or a vocational or technical training program! You may qualify if:

  • You are 18, 19 or 20 years old.
  • You are in foster care or you were in foster care as a teenager and you are a US citizen or qualified non-citizen
  • You aged out of the foster care system at age 18 or were adopted from foster care with adoption finalization after your 16th birthday.
  • You have been accepted into or are enrolled in a degree, certificate or other program at a college, university, technical or vocational school and you show progress towards that degree or certificate.
To find out more about the specific eligibility requirements for your state, contact your caseworker or: Cathy Connelly IL Coordinator Oklahoma… [more]

College Help for Foster Children – Texas

March 29th, 2007
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Texas Texas ETV Program You may be eligible for funding of up to $5000 per year while you are in college or a vocational or technical training program! You may qualify if: You are 18, 19 or 20 years old. You are in foster care or you were in foster care as a teenager and you are a US citizen or qualified non-citizen You aged out of the foster care system at age 18 or were adopted from foster care with adoption finalization after your 16th birthday. You have been accepted into or are enrolled in a degree, certificate or other program at a college, university, technical or vocational school and you show progress towards that degree or certificate. To find out more about the specific eligibility requirements for your state, contact your caseworker or: Person to Contact: Caroline… [more]

College Help for Foster Children – Tennessee and Oregon

March 29th, 2007
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Tennessee Tennessee Hope Foster Child Tuition Grant Go to website to get to find out more. Tennessee ETV Program You may be eligible for funding of up to $5000 per year while you are in college or a vocational or technical training program! You may qualify if: You are 18, 19 or 20 years old. You are in foster care or you were in foster care as a teenager and you are a US citizen or qualified non-citizen You aged out of the foster care system at age 18 or were adopted from foster care with adoption finalization after your 16th birthday. You have been accepted into or are enrolled in a degree, certificate or other program at a college, university, technical or vocational school and you show progress towards that degree or certificate. To find out more… [more]

College Help for Foster Children – California

March 28th, 2007
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California Continued........ Child Abuse Prevention Foundation (CAPF) Guardian Scholars Former foster youth exiting San Diego’s foster care system can apply for this scholarship. Contacts: Kathie Ross Scholarship Director 858-278-4400 ext. 15 kathie@capfsd.org Stephanie Segal CAPF Guardian Scholars Coordinator 858-278-4400 ext. 22 stephanie@capfsd.org AmeriCorps Foster Youth Mentoring Project FYMP Approximately 4,000 foster youth annually emancipate from California’s foster care system at age 18. Many of these foster youth lack the necessary life skills and adult support they need for successfully transitioning to independent living. As a group, emancipated foster youth experience disproportionate rates of homelessness, high school non-completion, early-on welfare dependency, employment instability, incarceration, early pregnancy, mental health problems, and alcohol and drug abuse. In response to this crisis the Foundation for California Community Colleges has developed the Foster Youth Mentoring Project (FYMP). Project Goals The AmeriCorps FYMP seeks to: Assist… [more]