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Foster Care in the News

  • How can you celebrate National Senior Citizens Day? We’re glad you asked. We have some ideas on how to honor senior citizens today, this week and for more times to come.

  • If you want to help make a difference and support children and families in need within your community, check out our list of school supplies you can donate.

  • For individuals and their families, the words “You need a new organ” are earth-shattering. Luckily, we can make a difference. Check out five reasons for you to become an organ donor.

  • This August, we celebrate National Water Quality Month. How can you have an impact on water quality? We’ve got some ideas for the role you play in making a difference.

  • These are not descriptions that warrant sadness. These are descriptions from doctors, lawyers, advocates, parents, foster parents and social workers whose uniting quality is time spent in care. These are success stories. These are not the people that need looked after or are in need of your sympathies. Those people are going to find their way out of the system soon enough.

    These are alerts. These descriptions are a call to action. A call to advocate. A call to protect those who are in foster care right now. These descriptions are tools for a social worker. They are advocate ammunition. They are hope.

  • There are kids across the Inland Empire who lack a positive role model, and volunteers — especially men — are needed to spend time getting to know them, playing catch, and simply showing up. Big Brothers Big Sisters and CASA of San Bernardino County are in need of volunteer mentors and advocates to give just a few hours a week. To learn more or get involved, visit IEBigs.org or CasaOfSB.org.

  • The breakdown of an adoption has a huge impact on the adopters and child, whether it happens in the early days of the placement or months or years after the child has legally been adopted. This adoption disruption can have many causes, but there are things that social workers and foster carers can do in order to avoid a heightened risk of disruption.

  • Youth in foster care should be nurtured and supported past the age of majority.

  • As Krisha Ross got closer to aging out of foster care, she decided to drop out of high school in 2015 in order to find work.
    “I did not see the value of continuing school for two years when I needed to work to live,” said Ross, who dropped out of high school in Los Angeles during her sophomore year.
    But she didn’t have much luck

  • Before assigning young people to group homes or other residential treatment facilities, child welfare judges need more information, according to a report from the Building Bridges Initiative and Association of Children’s Residential Centers. One item on this must-know list: Whether or not professionals have explored all possible placement options for a youth, including living with a family member.

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