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2015 chee presentation

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2015 CHEE presentation by ACTION Ohio

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2015 chee presentation

  1. 1. December 10, 2015
  2. 2. • We bring together the voices of foster care youth, alumni and allies, to create lasting change and generate hope for current and former foster youth, based on access to resources, ally support and alumni expertise. Alumni of Care Together Improving Outcomes Now
  3. 3. Transition to Young Adulthood for a young person growing up with their biological family
  4. 4. Challenges faced by a young person who “ages out” of foster care
  5. 5. Lack of Family Privilege
  6. 6. Point of Transition: Child and Adult Systems Disconnection Child Mental Health Mental Health Child Welfare Special Education Juvenile Justice Criminal Justice Food Stamps Workforce Housing
  7. 7. Life’s Transitions Do Not Happen Overnight Recommended Reading: Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute’s 2012 Foster Youth Internship Report
  8. 8. Foster Care Alumni of America’s “Culture of Foster Care” Postcard Project
  9. 9. Foster Care Alumni of America’s “Culture of Foster Care” Postcard Project Risk of Stigma
  10. 10. Case file exercise
  11. 11. Foster Care Alumni of America’s “Culture of Foster Care” Postcard Project “Reclaim and Reframe”
  12. 12. Recommendation: On the day of the event, be careful not to draw attention to participating youth being “foster kids” to people outside of the circle of trust. Two things that worked well in 2015: - Ending the day with a panel of students, including a foster care alumna who is currently attending OSU - The way that the workshop on counseling and consultation services for students was handled
  13. 13. Foster Care Alumni of America’s “Culture of Foster Care” Postcard Project “Take Another Seat”
  14. 14. Foster Care Alumni of America’s “Culture of Foster Care” Postcard Project Context of Behavior
  15. 15. Recommendation: On the day of the event, post the schedule of activities first thing. Foster care is unpredictable, by nature. Letting young people know “why” they are there, and what to expect increases their security and empowerment.
  16. 16. Foster Care Alumni of America’s “Culture of Foster Care” Postcard Project Treasuring memories
  17. 17. Practical Tips for the Interviews: 1. When you interview youth and ask them questions, please provide the “why” and the “what” you are planning to do with that information. 2. Value of a strengths-based approach 3. Themes and topics that might come up in the interviews. 4. Utilizing a “circle back” technique if/when youth get off-topic
  18. 18. Foster Care Alumni of America’s “Culture of Foster Care” Postcard Project “Strengths Based”
  19. 19. Fragmented Family Tree
  20. 20. Foster Care Alumni of America’s “Culture of Foster Care” Postcard Project Chosen family
  21. 21. Foster Care Alumni of America’s “Culture of Foster Care” Postcard Project Adoption

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