DISSATISFIED WITH SUPPORT FOR FOSTER PARENTS? ADVOCATE!!

A common topic for discussion among foster care providers is the lack of government funding and the low rates paid foster parents.

Too often, we just complain and that’s it.

Most of us probably have little interest in politics. But if you want change to happen for the better, you have to advocate for improvements with your legislative representatives.

Effective advocacy takes work but the payoff can be great.

In the near future, we will be offering an Effective Advocacy for Foster Care Training Topic as well as access to a professional advocate consultant.

In the meantime, take any opportunity you have to “button hole” your legislative representatives at all levels to advocate for more support for foster parents and the children in their care.

Here are a few points to advocate for:

  • Increased reimbursement to foster parents
  • More caseworkers
  • Medicaid coverage for foster children’s dental care
  • Better access to psychiatric & psychological services, particularly in rural areas
  • Recognition of foster parents as professionals for the 24-7 work we do

Effective advocacy begins with you and all foster parents making our voices heard.  The more of us who speak out, the more likely improvements will happen.

What would you like to advocate for regarding foster care?  Use our contact link in our site menu to tell us.

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In some cases, the Training Topic may have a new link, in which case we make the correction so you can connect with it.  Other times, a particular Training Topic has been removed and we delete it from our list of Training Topics.

Autistic Teen Befriends Apple’s Siri

[NOTE:  To activate the links in this posting, click on the title above.]

A heartwarming story of love, patience, and technology.

Are you a foster parent of an autistic child?  This story from National Public Radio may be of interest.  It’s just under 4 minutes.  Click Here to listen.  Or to read the story as published in the New York Times, Click Here.


4 Hrs New Youth Credit Training Added

As of 2013, in an attempt to stem identity fraud, Federal law now requires all agencies to obtain an annual Credit Report for any youth in foster care from age 16 until they age out or discharged.  We’ve added 4 hours of training credit for our members dealing with this topic under “Youth and Credit”.  The training addresses how to obtain a credit report and protecting the credit of foster care youth.


 

13-yr Old Virginia Boy Creates Site to Track Bullying

“Viraj Puri, a 13-year-old schoolboy from Virginia, is hoping to harness the  power of digital information – to tackle bullying.  He showed the BBC’s Jane O’Brien the website – currently in development – which would enable families to pinpoint bullying incidents.”

From BBC News Magazine – Living Online.  View the story here.


 

Ten Best & Worst States for Children

From the Children’s Defense Fund

January, 2014 Newsletter

“Did you know New Mexico is the worst state for child hunger and Massachusetts tops all states in nearly every ranking of public school students’ reading and math proficiency? Check out CDF’s new report, The State of America’s Children® 2014, to find out how your state compares to other states. The report provides state-by-state data and comparisons on all indicators of child well-being. Additional resources provide a look at the 10 best and worst states for children in categories ranging from extreme poverty to health coverage to enrollment in early childhood development and learning programs.”


 

How you can help the young women in your life

The teen years are an exciting time, but these years can also be filled with worry and struggle. Parents really matter to teens, even if teens don’t always act like it. They need your love, guidance, and support each day to help them become secure, healthy, and happy young women.

You can help your daughter through these years. Build a relationship with her that includes trust, honesty, open lines of communication, and setting limits.

With the busy lives we lead today — how can you do this?

  • Spend time with your daughter.
  • Be a good role model for your daughter. Eat right, exercise, deal with stress in healthy ways, and don’t use drugs, alcohol, or cigarettes.
  • Try to find a good balance between work and fun in your own life. This will show your daughter that she can have balance in her life.
  • Teach her good values and a sense of responsibility. Then trust her to make good choices.
  • Set rules and stick with them. Setting and enforcing fair rules can help girls avoid social settings where they may run into peer pressure they can’t handle.

It’s normal for a teen to want to try new things. When your daughter is angry with you, she may rebel by making poor choices. Turn her mistakes into lessons, show her you still love her, and point out the good things she does. Teach her not to be ashamed of having a problem with stress, grades, weight, drugs, or alcohol. Learn about teen depression, suicide, alcohol, bullying, and drug abuse. Use the resources in this section to find out what you can do as a parent.

Even though you might feel upset and tired at times, everything you do will make a difference in your daughter’s life…and at some point down the road, she will thank you!

From:  GirlsHealth.gov