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[Guest blog] The Importance and Impact of Protecting Foster Youth’s Credit

| March 10th, 2015

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Children and youth in the foster care system are at high risk for financial fraud because of their frequent moves and the fact that many – sometimes unscrupulous – people may have access to their personal information. A recent Los Angeles County study found that eight percent of 16- and 17-year-olds in the foster care system had fraudulent items on their credit reports, and the report further stated that the number would be much higher had those younger and older than 16-17 been surveyed.

The story of Katrina Haywood is a good example of what can go wrong very quickly when she entered into a foster care home. Her biological mother had taken out a series of loans attributed to her name and when she turned 18, her credit score was ruined and had a deficit of $6,000.

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National Social Work Month

| March 6th, 2015

teacher-590109_1280Did you know? March is National Social Work Month!

In 1963, the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) first introduced this month to raise awareness of both the need and the incredible impact social workers make in our society. The campaign garnered buzz and enough media attention that politicians began to advocate for National Social Work Month to be officially recognized. By 1984, the White House recognized March as National Social Work Month.

This year NASW celebrates its 60th anniversary and this month we recognize the 655,000 social workers that serve 10 million clients a day.

“Throughout Social Work Month and our 60th Anniversary year, NASW will host events and provide resources that honor the many contributions of these unsung heroes,” said NASW CEO Angelo McClain, PhD, LICSW.

Find a list of activities NASW’s chapters will be hosting throughout this month and duration of this year here.

FC2S is grateful for all the social workers, mentors and coaches that contribute to building a better future for foster youth, it is because of people like you that we are able to advocate for change that allows foster youth to remain funded and supported throughout their postsecondary education.

We believe every child deserves an education and training beyond high school, for this will we help them build a platform to sustain them for the rest of their lives.

So to all the social workers that have committed to being the change we all wish to see in our world, we thank you.

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ASP Coach Kat Foley Shares How Successful Coaching Leads to Successful Students

| March 4th, 2015

MentorshipAs an Academic Success Program coach with Foster Care to Success (FC2S), I am rewarded with seeing my students grow and blossom throughout their college years, while experiencing tremendous personal growth myself through these relationships. I love being a part of their academic and everyday lives as a coach, sounding board, encourager, editor, and support structure. I love seeing the world through their eyes!

This unique volunteer opportunity is in line with my education, experience, and interests through serving others. I love working with foster youth of diverse cultures who have aged out of the system, as I relate easily to this age group. My education and clinical experience are in cognitive behavioral therapy, and FC2S operates on a cognitive construct. This organization is a good fit for me because it utilizes both my natural and acquired talents and skills.

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Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

| March 2nd, 2015

happy-birthday-72160_640Today is Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

The renowned children’s book author continues to inspire millions of youth with his timeless writings—including foster students! Dr. Seuss’s first book, And to Think I Saw It on Mulberry Street, was rejected by 27 publishers, which teaches a great lesson to try, try again!

Did you know books like Green Eggs and Ham, Horton Hatches the Egg and What Was I Scared Of? all have encouraging messages about life, embracing diversity, overcoming challenges and trying new things? For decades these books and many more have helped spread positive messages throughout the foster care community— our students also love them!

So, to honor this special day, FC2S would like to share a snippet from one of Dr. Seuss’s most encouraging books, Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

“Congratulations!
Today is your day.
You’re off to Great Places!
You’re off and away!”

“You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the guy who’ll decide where to go.” thsuese

“So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life’s A Great Balancing Act.
And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed)
Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

“You’re off to Great Places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting,
So… get on your way!”

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss and thank you for helping inspire so many foster students to “move mountains.”

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New Smart Phone App Geolocates Resources For L.A. County Foster Youth

| February 25th, 2015

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Calling all foster youth in L.A. County! Alliance for Children’s Right has launched a new app called Know Before You Go. B4UGO allows current and former foster youth in L.A. County to stay connected, “with a quick tap on your phone, you can be virtually linked to a lifeline of resources, tools, supports and advocates whether you are in Los Angeles, Lancaster, Long Beach or anywhere in the county.”

Check out its features below:

B4UGo Key Features

  • GPS mapping of services near you, including transitional housing, shelters, food banks, schools, jobs and more.

  • Links to helpful resources and organizations that offer programs for transition-age foster youth in L.A. County.

  • Optional sign-up for alerts and notifications when a new program opens up, special offers for foster youth, -Deadlines for school, dates for job fairs and access to other helpful tips.

  • Connect with us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • WiFi capable, so you can use it at a WiFi hotspot even if your data/voice plan is not on.

  • Available for iPhone, Android, and Blackberry phone

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Mentoring Foster Youth Could Help Postively Impact Their Mindset

| February 23rd, 2015

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Great blog post from CASA’s CEO Michael Piraino on how we can transform foster youths’ trajectory by changing their mindset. Our foster care system can cause traumatic and adverse childhood effects, resulting in a “fixed” mindset where a child assumes failure to be permanent versus a “growth” mindset where a child accepts failures as challenges to overcome.

One of Piraino’s recommendations to encourage more “growth” mindsets includes, “positive role models and consistent, stable and appropriate relationships with adults. In particular, having a relationship with a caring adult outside the family has a meaningful impact on an at-risk child’s well-being.”

Are you interested in contributing to a positive impact on a foster youth? If you believe everyone deserves the opportunity to overcome, check out our opportunities to volunteer as a mentor or coach for a foster youth.

Together we can see a fixed problem grow into immense opportunity.

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More Than…

| February 12th, 2015

Many things inspire people to volunteer. It may be a newspaper article that pulls your heartstrings, wise words from a mentor, or a gift you are given just when you need it most. It’s More Than an article, More Than a word, or More Than a gift – it’s the catalyst that inspires you to give of your time, energy, or money.

We call this inspiration a More Than moment.

Foster Care to Success has created the More Than a Box campaign to recognize the moments that inspire people to volunteer.

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How Will You Be Seen In 2015?

| January 2nd, 2015

Happy_New_Year_2015Happy New Year!

As 2015 begins, many people have new year’s resolutions. Losing weight, saving money and finding a better job are very popular, but what about setting some online goals for this year?

In 2014, 3 billion people used the internet with more than half of them accessing social media. A whopping 4.75 billion items were shared daily on Facebook alone. That’s a ton of content sharing!

And employers are getting in on the action too. Last year, 93 percent used social media to recruit candidates with 73 percent actually hiring someone through a social network.

As the popularity of social media background checks increases, now more than ever is the time to protect your online reputation by filtering the content you share. How does one do that, you ask? Foster Care to Success has an answer!

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Be Safe in the New Year

| December 30th, 2014

Celebrating the New Year? Ring it in safely! Have fun and be safe!

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DIY Holiday Gifts On a Budget

| December 22nd, 2014

Happy Holidays! In a mad dash to get your last minute holiday gifts together? Are you wondering how you’ll manage to keep from breaking the bank while spreading a little holiday cheer?

No worries, we’ve all been there! Our FC2S student, Rene, has created this video to help inspire creative, inexpensive, and most importantly thoughtful gift ideas, check it out:

We wish you a merry and cost efficient holiday season!

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