Read about programs from around the state that are working to make college a reality, and a success, for more youth in care. We also share first-person stories of college successes and challenges, as well as scholarships and other resources to share with college-bound youth in care.
Learn more about the American Dream Program at HeartShare St. Vincent’s Services and the Graham SLAM program at Graham Windham.
In this issue, we asked experts and practitioners in New York to provide their insights on the systemic changes that could improve the quantity and quality of approved relative care placements in the state.
Hear from Heidi Redlich Epstein, Gerard Wallace, Sabrina Jaar Marzouka and and Kathleen Coleman, a kin caregiver, on what the state can do to improve kin practice in New York.
We asked child welfare leaders in New York — Jeremy Kohomban, Sr. Paulette LoMonaco, Jess Dannhauser and Michele Cortese — for their top priority recommendations for the new ACS commissioner, David Hansell. Read their thoughtful submissions.
In this edition, a look at the top legislative priorities for foster care advocacy groups in New York, including protecting the foster care block grant, reforming KinGAP, expanding the Foster Youth College Success Initiative and increasing the housing subsidy for foster alumni.
In addition to the substantial cuts to the foster care block grant, here are a few specific policy areas on which advocates are pushing the state for improvements.
This edition of the Foster Care Roundup offers insights about foster parent recruitment and retention efforts at ACS and New York agencies, and includes a guide on how to better support foster parents and caregivers in New York.
Foster parenting is not for the faint of heart. Every foster parent has been tested. Every foster parent has felt the joy in helping a child. Sadly, many foster parents have also felt alone and unsupported. We can change this.
You Gotta Believe envisions a day in New York City when Nobody Ages Out (NAO), so that every child leaving foster care is firmly connected to an unconditionally committed, loving permanent family. To that end, we now have a team of NAO Advocates for Youth who are all veterans of the foster care system.