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  • We are a groupcreated of current and former foster youth. who work with both state and private organizations to promote change within the system. We were founded
  • Break the audience up into groups Have each of the groups go thru the scenarios and come up with some solutions for each of the cases. I would give them 15-20 minutes Make sure that you are walking around and chiming in on the conversation but not helping them answer the questions call out when they have a few minutes left Give them more time if you can.
  • Family living on the bus name everything that that is wrong in this picture. have them name some strengths Please make sure that you talk about the fact that youth and their families are always heavily scrutinized, by perfect strangers. please try to look at us form a strength based approach.
  • This question was presented to some state officials as part of a survey. Make sure to iterate that these were stakeholders(Case Managers, lawyers etc)
  • I was thinking that maybe we can add a min skit that leads into this page…maybe about moving because we did not plan for eviction.
  • THIS IS A GOOD LAW! Request a hearingmake sure that they know that the scenarios are real stories
  • THIS IS A GOOD LAW! Request a hearing
  • trash bag? Have someone in the audience move around with the trash bag shooting birds
  • Need to hit home on this slide: Make sure to note the POWER words!
  • This question was presented to some state officials as part of a survey. Make sure to iterate that these were stakeholders(Case Managers, lawyers etc)
  • trash bag? Have someone in the audience move around with the trash bag shooting birds
  • Need to hit home on this slide: Make sure to note the POWER words!
  • This question was presented to some state officials as part of a survey. Make sure to iterate that these were stakeholders(Case Managers, lawyers etc)
  • Ask if there children ever exhibited these behaviors. If they did, ask them what they did about it. But for foster children, we prescribe these medications.
  • Now, read this one. If the child is 14 or older they must have advanced notice in writing if you request the hearing you have to hear the hearing: and the courts have to make a decision outlining the law -here is the law ----- Meeting Notes (1/31/11 14:41) ----- guardian ad casa
  • This question was presented to some state officials as part of a survey. Make sure to iterate that these were stakeholders(Case Managers, lawyers etc)
  • Ask someone in audience to explain differences between shall/may
  • This law promotes GEORGIA Schools(HIGHER EDUCATION) So stop pushing for GED or technical schools when We can do more. ----- Meeting Notes (1/31/11 14:41) ----- its an unfunded mandate: is it a legally acceptable? what does that have to do with my case! Judicial: with law l
  • This question was presented to some state officials as part of a survey. Make sure to iterate that these were stakeholders(Case Managers, lawyers etc)
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • This will help the to know that these things does not equal permanency
  • Fear that adoption, etc. will be a betrayal to their family… misplaced loyalty.
  • Fear that adoption, etc. will be a betrayal to their family… misplaced loyalty. Edward speaking on the behalf his “adult” experience
  • Fear that adoption, etc. will be a betrayal to their family… misplaced loyalty.
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • Fear of losing that person if they commit to someone else
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • Pass out FosterClub Permanency
  • Here are my rights

    1. 1. Some of our Accomplishments ••Medicaid to 21•Fostering Connections (edu stability, sibling visitation &placement, & youth driving their own written transitionalliving plans)•Pregnant and Parenting Policy Change•Runaway legislation•JUSTGeorgia efforts: Youth Justice BBQ, raisingawareness•Peer Support•Court Improvement•Homelessness Awareness
    2. 2. VisionAll young people leaving foster care will make successful transitions to adulthood. Mission To connect the people, systems, and resources necessary to assist young people impacted by the foster care system in making successful transitions to adulthood. 3
    3. 3. About the Initiative• Started as MAYOI in 2002• One of 13 sites nationally• Research and evaluation driven• Statewide- coming to a community near you! 4
    4. 4. ce breaker page
    5. 5. Family PlanningPlacement stability School Stability Medication
    6. 6. Placement Stability 13
    7. 7. 14
    8. 8. Placement Stability• O.C.G.A. § 15-11-55(d) requires: 5 days notice of any anticipated placement change • Health and welfare exception when someone’s safety is compromised by remaining in placement • Can request hearing to dispute placement move • Child remains in placement until hearing, unless health & welfare exception applies 15
    9. 9. Placement Stability • Federal policy US Citizenship and Immigration Services states:• Children in custody of an agency or dept. of the state who meet qualifications of “Special Immigrant Juveniles” (unmarried and under 21) qualify for a green card• Resource that provides free attorneys for undocumented foster care children: • Catholic Charities Atlantas Immigrant Childrens Advocacy Project contact information • http://www.catholiccharitiesatlanta.org 16
    10. 10. Stable Placement 17
    11. 11. Placement Stability• We Need Your Help! • Engage the Youth – talk with them directly about the placement change. • Make an independent determination of whether additional resources could alleviate the need to move. • Demand compliance with • the notice requirement. • Request a hearing to review • placement moves. 18 Home
    12. 12. Family Planning 19
    13. 13. Family Planning• Youth in Foster Care w/ Children DFCS SSM 1000.19 • New DFCS Policy that reversed presumption of parental unfitness. • Children in foster care who give birth to a child are deemed presumptively fit to parent their child. 20
    14. 14. Family Planning 21
    15. 15. T e e n P a r e n t C o n n e c t io n• Who we are: Teen Parent Connection is a system of care designed to incorporate a broad array of services and supports that are organized into a coordinated network. This network focuses on the whole needs of the teen parent lead family coordinating prevention, intervention and treatment services.• Who we serve: Teen parents, (Moms and Dads) aged 14 – 19 in state custody throughout the state of Georgia and their child (ren).• What services we provide: The cornerstone of our services is our Life Coaching. Life Coaches directly provide or ensure referrals to provide: screenings and assessments, parenting skills including child development, life skills instruction, peer support and advocacy, job skills training, career placement, educational support, legal consultation and training, additional resources targeted to the individual needs of the teen parent and her/his child.• For more information or to make a referral contact: Molly Casey, Administrator 678.467.8129 or mollyacasey@gmail.com
    16. 16. Family Planning 23
    17. 17. Family Planning: 24 Home
    18. 18. Mental & Emotional Health 25
    19. 19. What Should we do with this Child?• Running Around Wild } Haldol Jumping on the Bed } Lithium• Yelling at my Siblings } Adderall• Fighting w/ my “Parents” } Ritalin Being Sad } Paxil• Interest in Sex } Concerta• Spacing Out } Ambien Disobeying House Rules } Valium• Wetting the Bed } Effexor• Getting in Trouble at School } Prozac Wanting to be Alone } Risperdal• Drawing Angry Pictures } Seroquel 27
    20. 20. Mental & Emotional Health• Someone’s Paying Attention: Representative Mary Margaret Oliver’s January 2011 article discussed children as young as 12 being on more than 4 psychotropic drugs simultaneously. • Considering only those on Medicaid, study found children in foster care 3 or 4 times more likely to be prescribed psychotropic drug treatment. • April 2010 article reported companies operating in Georgia using anti-psychotic meds to “subdue” foster care children. Oh, and the penalty for such a practice? A max of $500 fine to the agencies. 28
    21. 21. Mental & Emotional Health• Senate Bill 127 Juvenile Code rewrite Article 6: • Creates a new approach for intervening with children who are considered “unruly”. Children in need of Services(Chins) include children who have committed an act that would not be against the law: Running away, violating curfew, skipping school. 29
    22. 22. Mental & Emotional Health• We Need Your Help! • Engage the Youth – talk with them directly about the purpose of medication and their options for treatment. Think creatively about how they can communicate and stay connected. • Seek an independent evaluation by a qualified expert if there is any hint of over-medication. • Conduct independent research online about prescription drugs and their appropriateness for children. 30 Home
    23. 23. Mental & Emotional Health 31
    24. 24. Educational Success 32
    25. 25. Educational Success• Which of the following are legal provisions in Georgia ensuring the educational stability of foster children? • Any placement considers the proximity to the school in which the child is currently enrolled. • Assure DFCS coordinates with the school to keep the child in the same school as when they enter care. e) Assure a smooth transition and enrollment in a new school when remaining in the same school is not in the child’s best interest. • All of the above. See O.C.G.A. § 15-11-58(8) 33
    26. 26. Educational Success• At a minimum, the case manager SHALL / MAY discuss the following with the school, and document as such in the case plan: 1. Child’s educational strengths and needs; Current contact information, including who the school should contact in case of an emergency; Contact information for current placement; Advance notice of any anticipated absences for attending court, and arrangements for making up any missed work; and • School has case manager and supervisor’s contact information; and 34
    27. 27. Educational Success• A placement change may be necessary if: • Safety of the child is at issue. • It is in the child’s best interest to move schools. • Both. • Both. See DFCS SSM § 1011.73 35
    28. 28. Educational Success• Post-Secondary Educational Expenses are limited to $5,000 per semester for eligible foster youth. O.C.G.A. § 20-3-660 enables eligible foster youth to attend • True any public university in the state of Georgia free of charge. There are no express or implied limits, and funding includes (but is not limited to): tuition, books, fees, living expenses, etc. • False. 36
    29. 29. Educational Success• We Need Your Help! • Engage the Youth – talk with them directly about their current and future educational plans. • Empower all youth to pursue public higher education here in Georgia – a high school education is not enough. • Make an independent determination if its in the best interest to move children from school to school. 37 Placement stability
    30. 30. Placement Stability 38
    31. 31. Youth Definition: What do you think?
    32. 32. Does this youthhave permanency?“My foster parents have said they love meand that they will always be there for me,but I just don’t feel as warm toward them asif they were my parents.”
    33. 33. Permanency And some even harder questions...The adults I live with now will care about me in the same way once I leave foster care.I have an adult who would bathe me if I got too sick to bathe myself.I have an adult who I remember witha holiday card or small birthday gift.
    34. 34. Definition * Obstacles * What Youth Need * ToolsPermanency Volunteers! Independent living = permanency Caseworker = permanency Counselors = permanency Click Here---->
    35. 35. The Fear Factor Activity
    36. 36. The Fear FactorA) I already have a family. In orB) I’m not moving again. eyesC) I don’t need anybody.D) I don’t want someone telling me what to do all the timeE) I just want to live with ____________.F) Why try? It won’t work anyway. Our feelin gs
    37. 37. The Fear Factor
    38. 38. What do you see? homeisnowhere How does the youth feel about having a permanent family?
    39. 39. What do you see?home is no where How does the youth feel about having a permanent family?
    40. 40. What do you see?home is now here How does the youth feel about having a permanent family?
    41. 41. Building on ... The tradition of marriage: permission to marryAdding on? Or replacing? Does a married person “give up” their other family? Re-framing how youth think about adoption and guardianship
    42. 42. Permanency: How to get it Know what the current plan is. Speak up about what you want.Take inventory of people in your life.Get connected to supportive adults. Create a permanency pact
    43. 43. Empowering young people to achieve permanency Access to information A part of the planning process Opportunities to form relationships with supportive adults Supportive adults in their life supported and trained
    44. 44. Permanency: Love and support!
    45. 45. Permanency PACT An agreement between asupportive adult and a youth. facilitator Youth Supportive adult
    46. 46. Permanency PACT 45 suggested supports • Home for the holidays • Relationship/ marriage advice • A place to do laundry •Transportation• Emergency place to stay •Assistance with medical appointments•Food/occasional meals •Storage•Care package at college •Motivation•Employment opportunity •Spiritual support •Job search assistance •Legal troubles •Recreational activities •Cultural experience •Mentor •More... •Mental health support
    47. 47. Permanency PACTProvides structure and a safety net for the young person.A defined and verbalized commitment by the adult and the youth to a long- term relationship. An awareness by both parties of thepermanency, scope and expectations of the relationship.
    48. 48. Permanency PACT Supportive adults: • Identified by the youth • Existing relationship• Willing to commit to a life-long, kin-like relationship• Able to provide the youth with specific supports • Is a positive role model Placement stability

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