Foster Care Education AFS

Today, the state of foster youth education in the United States, including in California, is substandard. But, there are ways all of us can help children and youth in foster care get the education they deserve. By investing in a foster youth’s education now, it increases their chance of successful independence post-education.   California Foster Youth Education Outcomes in Elementary School and High School  In school districts across…

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Unpacking Foster Meaning

Curious about what the “foster” in foster care means? Let’s unpack the term in the realm of child welfare.  What does foster mean? If you look up “foster” in the dictionary, you’ll see a definition for a verb meaning to raise, bring up or give parental care to. And, in the realm of child welfare, that’s pretty much spot…

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What is a Resource Parent

Have you seen the term “resource parent” or “resource family” used on our site and wondered, what is a Resource Parent? Why do we and others in the child welfare space use this term? Let’s explain.  Resource Parents vs. Foster Parents vs. Adoptive Parents  In short, a Resource Parent is someone who is trained and certified to be both a…

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What Can Be Done to Help Children in Foster Care?

Close to 56,000 children are in the foster care system in California, a number that has unfortunately remained relatively steady since 2011. In the greater Bay Area, between two and seven of every 1,000 children are in foster care.    The fate of these children affects us all. Compared to their peers, foster youth are more likely to be incarcerated, homeless and…

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29 Surprising Foster Care Facts

When it comes to the foster care system, a lot of myths and falsehoods prevail. In particular, we’ve found that many people still think that Resource Parents (aka foster parents) only do it for the money and that foster youth are irrevocably damaged. In our experience, nothing could be further from the truth! The Resource…

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