Tag: foster youth

From Foster Youth to Fostering Independence: A Youth Partner’s Journey

by
Sandra Gomez, FCNI Youth Partner
December, 11, 2018 -

Hi, I’m Sandra, a new Youth Partner at Family Care Network. I’m a good fit for the job, because I have been in the foster care system since I was thirteen, and I’ve utilized many of the programs that Family Care Network provides! I have been in Emergency Shelter Care, multiple foster homes, received Wraparound services when I was living with my mom, and also participated in the Transitional Housing Placement Program prior to and after turning eighteen. I also utilized the Independent Living Program throughout many of those years.

Destiny’s Journey Continues: A Foster Youth’s Story

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Destiny Alvarado, FCNI Youth Partner
October, 9, 2018 -

Previously on our blog, we introduced you to Destiny and shared her personal journey from foster youth to FCNI Youth Partner. We’ve been so thankful for Destiny and her inspirational spirit--she truly transformed her life and circumstances into teaching opportunities to support our Transitional-Age youth in amazing ways. We’re now sharing the next leg of Destiny’s journey, as she continues to follow her dreams and inspire us all.

FosterClub: Youth Inspiring Change for the Future

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Jessica Ray, FCNI Staff
August, 7, 2018 -

Gathering with others dedicated to serving children, youth and families from around the nation is always inspiring, and this year’s Family Focused Treatment Association’s (FFTA) yearly conference was no exception. In attendance were policymakers, foster care agencies, healthcare providers and foster parents, all gathered together to encourage one another and to become better equipped in the work we do to serve our nation’s most vulnerable population: foster youth.

Hands that Help Heal

a Volunteer Experience
by
Jessica Ray, FCNI staff
April, 26, 2018 -

Being located on the Central Coast of California certainly has some great perks. As we all know, we’ve got beautiful beaches, pretty perfect weather, and amazing wine and local cuisine, just to name a few. But by far, our area’s greatest perk is the strong community-spirit that pervades San Luis Obispo County. We here at FCNI see this spirit demonstrated time and time again.

Being the Difference

A Local Shop Makes a Big Impact
by
Pieter Neethling, Volunteer Resource Coordinator
October, 25, 2017 -

Each year, the Family Care Network has the honor of partnering with local organizations and businesses to make a difference in the lives of the children, youth and families we serve. Recently, we had the pleasure of partnering with Old Navy to create a unique opportunity for our young adults who are eager to learn about employment and working.

Dreaming, Reaching and Achieving

Foster Youth Celebrate Major Milestones
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Marie Hughes, Education Support Services Manager, and Jazz Allensworth, TAY FAP Coordinator
June, 21, 2016 -

Caring for teenagers is oftentimes the ride of a lifetime! They are growing and developing into even more independent people, while at the same time still looking for guidance and direction. It can be challenging to know how to support your teen, in the midst of this often tumultuous stage of development. But while challenging, there is nothing quite like seeing them succeed at something they have worked really hard to earn. And recently, we got to celebrate some of our youth’s educational success. It’s been a humbling experience to see all of these youths’ hard work pay off. And we are so grateful for support they have all received along their way--the parents, foster parents, social workers, friends, family, teachers, counselors and other adults who have been championing them on and providing them the right amount of guidance, so they were able to reach their goals.

Our Roots Keep Us Grounded

CYC Youth Put their Voices into Action
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FCNI, featuring CYC Youth Sandra Gomez, Celena Malarkey, and Felipe Campoverde,
June, 7, 2016

This past February, FCNI sent a group of young foster youth who participate in the local chapter of the California Youth Connection to the State Capitol for the Annual Day at the Capitol. After their experience, the group drafted the following article. In a day and age where politics can be more divisive and negative, we salute these young people for taking a more positive approach: for learning how to use their voices to stand up for causes they believe in to better the lives of so many. We here at FCNI couldn’t be more proud of their bravery and dedication!

The Need to Belong

How the System Must Preserve a Foster Youths’ Belonging-ness
by
Jim Roberts
November, 4, 2015

November is National Adoption Month--a time to celebrate parentless children being assimilated into families. Much has been written as to how wonderful this is for kids and why it is the right thing to do; especially for foster children. But I would like to give you a back story; a context to the importance of adoption and permanency in the foster care system.                                          

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