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Improving How We Support Young People in Achieving Permanency

Written by Aleks Talsky , Member of the ACF All-In Youth Engagement Team Policymakers, agencies, and professionals continue to expand and develop best practices around achieving permanency for young people served by the child welfare system. Whether it is adoption, reunification, or guardianship, the path to permanency can look very different depending on the situation and the best interest of...

Adoption
Family relationships
Permanence
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What’s Your Theme Song?

Music has always been very influential in my life. That being said, I am not musically talented in any way. Believe me when I tell you that I was most certainly not blessed with the ability to sing, read music, or play an instrument of any kind. Despite the fact that musical ability is not one of my gifts, it...

Adoption
Well-being
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All-In Campaign: Youth Engagement Team Members

In October 2020, the All-In Campaign Youth Engagement Team was launched with eleven young people with lived experience in foster care, led by Youth Engagement Coordinator, Joshua Christian Oswald. Learn more about why these young leaders are passionate about permanency and successfully supporting young people in permanency. Alex Oleson.png Alex Oleson is currently a member of the Youth Engagement Committee...

Permanence
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8 Tips for Getting through the Holidays

Let's face it, the holidays can be tough for young people in foster care, and this year perhaps more so than ever. Young people in foster care may feel lonely because they are separated from family or friends, or anxious about being in a different living arrangement. FosterClub's PeerUp! youth created 8 tips and tricks for youth in care. Please...

Well-being
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Oregon: Youth Like Me, Who Have Left Foster Care Without Family, Have What It Takes To Succeed, But We Can’t Do It Alone Especially Now

I spent six years in foster care, and although difficult in many ways, that time during my youth gave me the resilience, passion and drive for the life I have now. I consider myself one of the foster care success stories. But, I can’t imagine if coronavirus had hit when I was transitioning out of care. I am in a...

Transition (aging out)
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Webinar Recording & Recap: A Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Quality Residential Services

On July 2, 2020, The National Foster Care Youth and Alumni Council hosted a webinar to discuss their 2020 Priorities: A Historic Opportunity to Reform the Child Welfare System: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Quality Residential Services Webinar. The webinar featured two Council Members, Ke’Onda Johnson , from Florida and David Hall , from Oklahoma. David and Ke’Onda provided first-hand...

Mental health
Psychotropic medications
Rights in foster care
Sex trafficking
Well-being