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Education vs. Foster Youth

The Fight Continues
by
Jim Roberts
August, 31, 2015 -

Thousands of children and youth across the nation have begun or will soon begin school. Sadly, for foster children and youth, this ritual represents a foreboding process invoking fears of rejection, ostracization and trauma. For most foster children, school is not a fun or engaging place.

“Kicking Off” the New School Year with a Positive Attitude

by
Daniel Carlisle, FCNI Social Worker and Father
August, 24, 2015

For the last couple of years, my wife has hosted a “Back to School Kickball Game” for friends and neighbors. The group that usually gathers is a very eclectic mix of parents and children. A fun array of ages, backgrounds and family sizes; including foster families, adoptive families, toddlers, teenagers, tweens, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, uncles, aunts…and all of their different connections, temperaments and beliefs would make this list almost exhaustive.

The Power of Imperfection

by
Brooke Cone, FCNI foster/adoptive parent
August, 11, 2015 -

The more a human being has been hurt, the more natural it is to be self-protecting and to believe that the only person you can count on is yourself. But many great philosophers, spiritual leaders, artists, therapists and social scientist have come to the same conclusion: relationships are what heal.

Homeless Families

A National Crisis No One Wants To Talk About
by
Jim Roberts
August, 3, 2015 -

When was the last time you heard a political talking head say anything about helping homeless families? Probably never. One political party continually demonizes these people, mischaracterizing them as lazy parasites who just want to live off of taxpayer dollars. Shame on these heartless morons because nothing could be further from the truth!

Let’s create a clearer picture about homeless families, the awful impact homelessness has on children and some strategies to address this problem.

How Making a Difference Makes a Difference to Me

by
Jayne Engle-Allen, CRD Subcommittee Member, Longtime FCNI Supporter and a 2015 Circle of Serving Honoree
July, 20, 2015 -

I am one of the lucky ones. I grew up in a home, with two parents who loved me and provided for me. I was safe and secure.  This was my “normal” and I assumed everyone else had the same.  The first time I realized I was lucky, was when a boy named Anthony moved in with us.  I was in the first grade, my brother was in third grade, and now we had another person joining our family, a foster brother, and he was a fifth grader.  I had heard the word “foster” before.

Unequal Treatment of Children and Youth

by
Jim Roberts
July, 2, 2015 -

When I joined the California Katie A Therapeutic Foster Care litigation settlement workgroup, the lead attorney quipped, “California is like the Wild-Wild West; 58 counties doing what they d***-well please!” How true. Sadly, how very true.

Foster Youths' Long, Hard Road to Independence

by
Jim Roberts
July, 1, 2015 -

When I started the Family Care Network in 1987, there was certainly a different approach and philosophy driving the foster care system; now, looking back, it seems like the Stone Age. The system has come a long way, but it has been a tough, hard row to hoe.

Therapeutic Advice: Why Receiving it is a Great Reminder of How to Give it

by
Daniel Carlisle, FCNI Social Worker and Adoptive/Foster Parent
June, 15, 2015

In full disclosure, by day I am a licensed therapist and work in a therapeutic foster care program; and by night I am an adoptive and foster parent. As a therapist, I have quoted evidence-based practices and suggested all sorts of strength-based and solution-focused interventions to foster parents, adoptive parents, bio-parents and, in moments of desperation, even to my wife. As a parent, I have also given the proverbial eye roll to the same advice when given to me.

How Making a Difference Made a Difference to Me

by
Jay Turner
June, 8, 2015 -

Have you ever seen a picture of a child who is starving from malnutrition? It’s difficult. It’s haunting! Images of this severe level of distress either compel you to look away or strongly motivate you to want to make a difference. Similarly, seeing children starving emotionally from mal-parenting, abuse and neglect, and a lack of love and nurturing can ignite the same feelings.

Taking Flight

Youth in Successful Transition
by
Jim Roberts
June, 1, 2015 -

C.S. Lewis wrote, “It may be hard for an egg to turn into a bird: it would be a jolly sight harder for it to learn to fly while remaining an egg. We are like eggs. And you cannot go on indefinitely being just an ordinary, decent egg. We must be hatched or go bad.” What a great metaphor for the process of guiding any youth, but especially foster youth, to successfully take flight as an adult.

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