Resources for Foster Youth

Court Appointed Social Advocates

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) volunteers are appointed by judges to represent a foster child’s best interest in court. CASAs do this by getting to know the child or children they are assigned to represent, as well as the people in their lives who are also pertinent to the case (relatives, parents, foster parents, teachers, medical professionals, attorneys, social workers, etc.). CASAs inform judges and other decision makers of what they believe would be the best permanent home for the kids they represent, and what they think the children need in general. For those in foster care, consider requesting an advocate.

http://www.casaforchildren.org/site/c.mtJSJ7MPIsE/b.5301295/k.BE9A/Home.htm

Foster Care to Success

Foster Care to Success offers tuition assistance, education and job training, as well as other support to college-bound former foster youth.

http://www.fc2success.org/about-us/

FosterClub

FosterClub is a peer support network for foster youth that leads the efforts of young people from care as they become educated about their rights and empowered to make positive change.

https://www.fosterclub.com/

Foster Care Alumni of America

Foster Care Alumni of America connects alumni in local chapters to work together, with the aim of improving the lives of current and former foster youth.

https://fostercarealumni.org/

US Department of Health & Human Services

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services aims to enhance and protect the well-being of all Americans though providing health and human services.

https://www.hhs.gov/about/index.html

The Quiet You Carry

Victoria Parker knew her dad’s behavior toward her was a little unusual, but she convinced herself everything was fine—until she found herself locked out of the house at 3:00 a.m., surrounded by flashing police lights.

Now, dumped into a crowded, chaotic foster home, Victoria has to tiptoe around her domineering foster mother, get through senior year at a new school, and somehow salvage her college dreams . . . all while keeping her past hidden.

But some secrets won’t stay buried—especially when unwanted memories make Victoria freeze up at random moments and nightmares disrupt her sleep. Even worse, she can’t stop worrying about her stepsister Sarah, left behind with her father. All she wants is to move forward, but how do you focus on the future when the past won’t leave you alone?

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Art Attributions

"Galaxy" created by Rachel Byler

"Watercolor Clouds" by Freepik