The guide provides professionals with eligibility and access tips and recommendations for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the School Lunch Program, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Medicaid, and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Link to pdf Guide
Michigan Dept. of Human Services: As foster youth transition to adulthood, it is important for him/her to have a clean credit report for numerous reasons. If a youth applies for an apartment, student loans, or a car loan, she/he will need to have a good credit report. Unfortunately children in out-of-home care are at a higher risk of being a victim of identity theft. Link to pdf Tip Sheet
What makes child welfare services for young people in foster care “trauma-informed”?
● An understanding of trauma that includes an appreciation of its prevalence among young people in foster care and its common consequences.
● Individualizing the young person.
● Maximizing the young person’s sense of trust and safety.
● Assisting the young person in reducing overwhelming emotion.
● Strengths-based services. Link to Issue Brief
It is critical for systems that serve young people in foster care to support them in developing resilience in the face of risk and adversity. This involves a shift from a focus on deficits to a focus on strengths, from risk amelioration to enhancing protective factors, and from considering resilience to be a static trait to understanding resilience as a continuous, interactive process. Link to Issue Brief
A guide for youth to help them in making decisions about their health and psychotropic medications involves five steps plus one:
- How do I know if I need help?
- What are my rights?
- What are my options?
- What information do I need?
- How do I make sure I am taking my medication safely?
- What should I do about medication when I am leaving foster care?
This guide presents valuable information for youth in foster care related to each step. Depending on your situation, selected sections or the entire guide may be useful to you. The guide’s checklists and worksheets can help you organize your thoughts. Link to pdf Guide
In 2010, the Supreme Court of Texas issued an Order Establishing the Education Committee of the Permanent Judicial Commission for Children, Youth and Families (Children’s Commission). This order was the Texas response to mandates in the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008. The Education Committee collaborated to create recommendations to improve educational outcomes of children and youth in foster care. The recommendations fell into eight categories:
- Judicial Practices
- Data and Information Sharing
- Multi-Disciplinary Training
- School Readiness
- School Stability and Transitions
- School Experience, Supports, and Advocacy
- Post-Secondary Education
- Future Collaboration