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April 27, 2010

HEY’s biweekly e-newsletter contains links to articles, reports, and information of interest to the foster care community. Click on the title to see the full article on www.heysf.org.


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Community Opportunities
No Other Name -- Benefit Concert

May, 23rd, 2010 at 7 pm

The Contra Costa County Independent Living Skills Program is partnering with W.I.T.W, Inc. to bring the group ‘No Other Name’ to the Bay Area for a concert. All proceeds for the concert will be donated to ILSP.

Tickets: $8.00 in advance — $10.oo at the Door
Starting Time: 7 pm — Doors open at 6 pm
Online Tickets: ITICKETS.COM

For more information click here.

Free Visiting Shuttle Service

Starting Saturday, April 24, 2010, the City and County of San Francisco, in partnership with the San Francisco Sheriff’s Department will start a pilot program providing free Visiting Shuttle Service from the San Francisco Civic Center BART/Muni Station to the San Bruno Jail Complex. This shuttle service will run only on Saturdays and Sundays.

Job Opportunity -- Case Manager Supervisor

Transitional Services (TS) is currently comprised of Transitional House, a fourteen-bed, 24-month communal living, transitional housing & living skills program for homeless women with psychiatric disabilities, leading to permanent supportive housing placement, and Independent House. a ten-room, six-month communal living, transitional housing program for homeless women who are able to live independently and who are motivated to take the necessary steps to move from homelessness into permanent housing. The Case Manager Supervisor will supervise all case management service and activities in the TS programs, and ensure that TS clients receive the quality of services which meet the standards of BFHP and are in compliance with all its contracts. The Case Manager Supervisor will also be the primary TS case manager

Job Position -- Program Associate, Child Welfare

Program Associate, Child Welfare
Stuart Foundation
San Francisco,California

This position contributes to and supports the Foundation’s work in Child Welfare. The Program Associate reports to the Director of Child Welfare and provides efficient, pro-active administrative, clerical, and programmatic support to develop and implement program area grantmaking and related activities.

RESPONSIBILITIES

PROGRAM SUPPORT

Provides customer service to grantees regarding grant requirements, status, and questions. Assists in the preparation of materials for the quarterly Board docket; participates in the pre-docket program staff meeting; provides final versions of docket materials to Grants Management; attends board meetings related to program area; and takes notes of key discussion points and follow-up action items.

PROPOSAL ADMINISTRATION and PROCESSING

Acts as an initial point of contact for unsolicited inquiries regarding the program and refers inquiries to the Director, as appropriate. Performs preliminary screen for structural completeness, and provides descriptive review and analysis of new Letters of Inquiry (LOIs) and proposals.

GRANTS ADMINISTRATION

Works with the Director, Child Welfare program staff, and the Grants Manager to prepare grant letters, grant agreements, reporting schedules, and payment schedules for approved grants after each Board meeting. Creates and maintains up to date grant files in compliance with Foundation policies; keeps the Director and Child Welfare program staff informed of file status.

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANCE

Keeps the Director’s electronic calendar up-to-date and keeps reception informed of changes in schedule each day. Plans and coordinates meetings, appointments, site visits, and makes travel arrangements for the Director and guests of the Child Welfare program.

QUALIFICATIONS

Two or more years of professional experience in a public or private agency serving foster youth or other vulnerable youth and families, and/or in a philanthropic or grantmaking organization. Excellent written and oral communication skills.

TO APPLY

Interested applicants should send a letter of interest and a resume to Mr. David S. Barlow, Vice President of Finance & Administration, at: [email protected]. Please include “Program Associate” in the subject line. Visit this link for a full description of the job position. The position is now open. Review of applications will begin with resumes received by the close of business on Friday, April 30, 2010, and will continue until the position is filled.

Emancipation Stipends: Small Grants that Make a Big Difference

Emancipated foster youth stipends provide critical assistance to the over 5,000 youth who “age out” of foster care annually in California. Unlike most sources of assistance, emancipation stipends are flexible and may be used cover a range of practical expenses youth face in their transition from foster care, including: bus passes to help youth get to school and work; first-month’s rent to secure housing; books and materials required for college or vocational training; uniforms required for employment; financial assistance for a utility bill.

RAMP--SF ACADEMY

The RAMP-SF Academy Program is a FREE six-week job readiness program. RAMP-SF aims to prepare youth with the knowledge, skills, and opportunities that will put them on the pathway to a successful and rewarding career. As a participant of the RAMP-SF Academy Program, youth will earn a weekly educational grant, receive support to reduce their barriers to employment, and get connected to careers in truck driving, construction, retail, warehouse, recycling, landscaping, and more!

The RAMP-SF Academy is actively accepting applications for upcoming program sessions. To apply, you must attend a RAMP-SF Academy orientation.

FUTURE ORIENTATION DATES

APRIL 29 — 3120 Mission Street, Mission 1 Stop
MAY 6 — 1500 Mission Street, Goodwill 1 Stop
MAY 13 — 1449 Webster Street, Rubicon 1 Stop
MAY 27 — 3120 Mission Street, Mission 1 Stop

For questions, or referrals please call Amber at 415-928-7417 extension 307. You can also send an email to [email protected]. You can also download this flyer with more information.

Upcoming Events
New Realities 4 on June 18 -- Save the Date!

Save the date! S.F. Human Services Network (HSN) will host New Realities 4, our fourth citywide public policy conference for nonprofits, on June 18, 2010. New Realities 4 will look at financial sustainability, our system of care, our partnership with the city, and job and compensation issues.

More Legal Rights for Adolescents: May 25th

Anquenette Robinson will return to FYA for another training on Legal Rights for Adolescents on Tuesday, May 25th from 9:30 to 12:30pm. Ms. Robinson will cover the topics she was not able to cover in the training in February due to time constraints. Those who attended the training in February are encouraged to attend this session as well.

Youth In Mind Leadership Academy 2010

New Findings from Midwest Study on Transitioning Out of Foster Care into Adulthood: Outcomes at Ages 23 and 24
The Midwest Study provides a comprehensive picture of how foster youth are faring during this transition since the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 became law. Young people who age out of foster care continue to face major challenges in their early twenties, often unable to complete their educations and find housing and jobs. These new findings look at the outcomes at ages 23 and 24.

Read Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth
by Mark E. Courtney, Amy Dworsky, JoAnn S. Lee, and Melissa Raap.

Beyond the Bench 20: Collaboration Works!

Join over 400 professionals who have already registered to attend the 20th annual Beyond the Bench conference on June 3-4 in San Diego.  Beyond the Bench (BTB) is California’s premiere multi-disciplinary event for juvenile dependency and delinquency and other court professionals.

In light of the budget issues all of our partners face this year, Beyond the Bench is extending the early registration deadline to May 14, 2010. (However, the deadline to reserve your hotel lodging is May 10 to secure the $110 per night conference rate.)

We encourage you to visit the registration site and view the extensive workshop listings and descriptions, including:

  • Pre-conference session on Community Probation Practices and Substance-Abusing Youth (see attached flyer).
  • Plenary speakers including Oliver Williams (Director, Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, University of Minnesota),
    and  R. Dwayne Betts (former incarcerated juvenile, current national spokesperson for the Campaign for Youth Justice).
  • Juvenile dependency workshops including Dependency Legal Update, Funding Streams for Child Welfare and Defining Reasonable Efforts in Unreasonable Fiscal Times.
  • Juvenile delinquency workshops including Delinquency Legal Update, Gang Prevention and Applying Evidence Based Practices to Youthful Offenders (see attached flyer).
  • Family law, self-help, domestic violence and collaborative justice workshops including Family Law Legal Update and Interviewing Children About Abuse and Domestic Violence.
  • A multi-faceted workshop for combating hate and intolerance in your community: SHARE – Stop Hate and Respect Everyone.
  • Workshops on risk assessment, funding for mental health services, and neuroscience of decision-making in juvenile and family courts.

Beyond the Bench is funded by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, other governmental and non-profit organizations, and registration fees.

Registration Websites:

If you are a judicial officer or a full-time court staff employee, please click the following link:

http://www.certain.com/event/web/195834

For all other professionals, please click the following link:

http://www.certain.com/event/web/195815

Beyond the Bench provides MCLE, BBS, STC, and PSY education credit.

This newsletter is solely for informational purposes; the legislative information and articles do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Honoring Emancipated Youth or United Way of the Bay Area.

If you would like to submit an announcement for a future HEY e-Newsletter, please email [email protected]

HEY Staff Recommended 'Trends to Watch'
Emancipation Research Project now Available at HEYsf.org

HEY is pleased to announce that the Emancipation Research Project, 2007-2009 Compilation of Findings: A collection of best practices and recommendations for change from research about aging out of foster care in San Francisco, is released and ready for download at www.heysf.org. During the last two years, HEY conducted The Emancipation Research Project (ERP) to examine the transition process from foster care to independence in San Francisco County.

The Emancipation Research Project consisted of 27 in-depth interviews and more than 20 informal conversations and group discussions held in 2008-2009 with professionals and youth involved in the county’s dependency system. These professionals included current and former foster youth, advocates, policy makers, managers, line staff and others. This report is a collection of the twelve “HEY Trends” and “HEY Tools” that have resulted from the data analysis. HEY Trends are short informative articles; they are in-depth and meant for people working in child welfare at all levels. HEY Tools are quick reference sheets with simple definitions and other information meant for direct line staff and those working with youth. This research is useful for redesigning programs according to best practices, when writing grants and when advocating for better outcomes for youth.

Protect Foster Youth From Identity Theft

Foster youth are in risk of having their identity stolen by friends, family members or well anyone. The exact number of foster youth who have had their identity stolen is not known, but “some think that as many as half of the 84,000 kids in California’s system may have been victimized.” (Pathways1, 2010)

Here are some tips from California Office of Privacy Protection to help foster youth protect themselves from identity theft:

Bayview Connect

Bayview Connect, Friday, June 11, 2010, 10AM – 3PM
This year HEY has partnered with the renowned Project Homeless Connect to provide a special resource fair – Bayview Connect – intended to connect the many youth and families in the Bayview who are, or ever have been, involved with foster care with community based resources. This event is in honor of National Foster Care Month and the many youth and families who are, or ever have been, involved with foster care.

Training to a Group of San Francisco State MSW Students

On March 22nd the EYAB team facilitated our Mental Health Alternatives for Foster Youth to a group of MSW students in San Francisco State University. It was the first time we had done this training and we are happy to say it went really well. The audience participated and was very interested in the material we were sharing with them. Personally, I am really happy because I was able to share my curriculum with students who are soon going to become social workers and will be working directly with foster youth.

March 22nd – Protest in Sacramento

The fight to protect public education is still alive after March 4th. Many students, teachers and supporters came together on March 22, 2010 to protest in Sacramento and tell our representatives that we are unhappy with the budget cuts that have been and are still being made to our education.

Some of the struggles and issues faced by students because of these cuts are:

  • Students cannot get the classes they need to finish their General Requirements, let alone meet the requirements for their selected majors. 
  • The budget cuts do not only affect the amount of dollars received by students on financial aid, but it also jeopardizes whether they can receive aid at all.  A lot of financial aid is tied to how many units a student can enroll in, if classes are not offered students cannot get the units they need to receive credits and ultimately financial aid. In order for a student to receive financial aid they need to be enrolled 12 units, which is a full time student, but how can student fulfill this requirement if there are not enough classes for them to do so?
  •  The classes which are being offered are often at capacity.  It is sad to see classmates sit on the floor or stand during class time because there are not enough seats, since the classes have more students enrolled than they can handle.
  • We have mandatory furlough days because the schools can no longer pay teachers as many days as they used to.  As a result teachers are forced to take essential materials out of their curriculum.
  • The school is offering fewer Majors because it cannot afford them anymore.
  • Students are working many jobs just to be able to pay the raise in tuition, books that have raised their prices, then everything else: housing, transportation, and so on.
  • Even though services have been reduced, the average SFSU student is now paying $2,370 per semester.  This is an increase of more than $400 dollars per semester.  WE ARE PAYING MORE AND RECEIVING LESS!

I am disgusted and feel sad at the fact that my friends and I have to go through these struggles when all we want is an education and when we are paying so much money. This is why I got up at 5am to go to be able to leave with buses that San Francisco State University provided at 6:00am. I loved the fact that although we did not know everyone and that I had never heard about some of the schools that were there that we came together as one to tell our governor that we are not happy with the cuts made to our education and that we are not going to stop fighting until he stops making cuts. I hope to see more events like this, so that that we can create more awareness of what is happening with our public education and that our governor sees that he cannot deprive us from the great education we deserve. I know that as long we continue being persistent more students will come together and join the cause because they will see the importance of standing up for their rights and the rights of the younger generations. STUDENTS UNITED WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED!!!

Local, State and Federal Policy Updates
Projecting Fiscal Impact of Extending Foster Care to Age 21

WEBINAR
Tuesday, April 27
, 2010
2 pm — EDT

Join the Fostering Connections Resource Center, in collaboration with the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, in the second of a series of webinars to support implementation of the older youth provisions of the Fostering Connections Act.  A significant factor in state conversations around Fostering Connections is understanding the costs and potential revenues associated with extending IV-E eligibility.  In partnership with The Finance Project, state leaders from Iowa and Tennessee will share how their states developed projections of the net fiscal impact of extending foster care to 21.

The Fostering Connections Resource Center (www.fosteringconnections.org) provides information, training and tools related to furthering the implementation of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act.  The Older Youth Network coordinates support and the dissemination of resources related to the provisions of the law affecting youth and young adults. The Older Youth Network is managed by The Finance Project in partnership with the National Foster Care Coalition.  The Fostering Connections Resource Center is supported through the generous contributions of the Annie E Casey Foundation, Casey Family Programs, Dave Thomas Foundation on Adoption, Duke Endowment, Eckerd Family Foundation, Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Sierra Health Foundation, Stuart Foundation and Walter S. Johnson Foundation.    Please visit the website to sign up for our email alerts related to older youth in foster care, as well as other topics addressed by the new law.

Register for our Webinar next Tuesday, April 27, 2010
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
System Requirements

PC-based attendees – Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista
Macintosh®-based attendees – Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer

Space is limited. Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/853933337


Los Angeles County Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act: Fiscal Year 2007-2008 Report

In 2000, the California State Legislature passed what is now known as the Juvenile Justice Crime Prevention Act (JJCPA). This effort was designed to provide a stable funding source to counties for juvenile programs that have been proven effective in curbing crime among juvenile probationers and young at-risk offenders.

CALL TO ACTION to Support Foster Care AGAINST Budget Cuts

We need your help to create awareness about the plight of California’s 67,700 foster children, and how the Governor’s $120 million veto to Child Welfare Services has devastated the support system vulnerable children depend on to have a chance at a brighter future. Please join us for the following events:

Thursday, April 22
Location: State Capitol, Room 4203

  • Senate Budget Subcommittee Hearing at 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, April 28
Location: State Capitol North Steps; Hearing Room TBD

  • Take a Foster Youth to the Capitol Kick‐off and Press Conference at 10:30 a.m.
  • Assembly Budget Subcommittee Hearing at 1:30 p.m.

Who We Need:Call to Action Day of Details – April 22 28

Calling all budget advocates, organizers, parents, youth, and community members!

Hearing on Budget Cuts for Children, Youth and Families!! Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ City Hall. It is crucial that we show City Hall our numbers, demanding not only that the Mayor and Board of Supervisors protect funding for critical services this year, but also that they commit to long-term solutions to a much larger problem, so that we don’t have fight tooth and nail every single year for the same money.
We demand that decision-makers restore funding to services for next year AS PART OF A LARGER LONG-TERM “Working Families Recovery & Reinvestment Plan”:

Ensure the future economic security and address the basic needs and everyday conditions of poor and working class children, youth and families in the City through investing in jobs, education, affordable housing, affordable and accessible health care, safe homes and safe streets, child care and after-school programs, and other critical programs.
Create an equitable tax structure (meaning progressive revenue) targeting the City’s wealth, in order to have funding for critical services for youth and families!
Hearing on Budget Cuts for Children, Youth and Families!!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010 @ City Hall
2:00pm: Rally/Press Conference on Polk Street Steps
2:30pm: Sign-up begins for groups/individuals who want to testify
—plus greeters to help youth and families navigate the ‘Road Map to City Hall’—
3:00pm: Hearing begins

While we must hold City Hall accountable to what happens next fiscal year, we must also continue to push for a long-term vision to address the racial and economic disparities that continue to persist in our City and the toll that it takes on our children and young people. Come to City Hall on April 28th—to tell your story, and join us in holding decision-makers accountable to the future of our kids and communities!!’

HEY Foster Care Library
Facing Termination of Parental Rights: Rise Magazine Spring 2010

From NRC for Permanency and Family Connections, Weekly Update 4/21/10

While the majority of children placed in foster care return home to family, many children do not. In some cases in which parental rights are terminated, children and parents may not see each other again. Other times, families stay connected despite termination. In the Spring 2010 issue of Rise Magazine, parents write about how they have handled termination. Rise magazine is written by and for parents involved in the child welfare system. Its mission is to help parents advocate for themselves and their children.

http://www.risemagazine.org/PDF/Rise_issue_15.pdf

Inside the Research: Does Keeping Youth in Foster Care Beyond Age 18 Help to Prevent Homelessness?

Allowing young people to remain in foster care until their 21st birthday may not prevent but may delay entry into homelessness. Foster youth in Illinois are about one-third as likely to become homeless by age 19 and about three-quarters as likely to become homeless by age 21 as foster youth in Wisconsin and Iowa. However, by age 23 or 24, those differences have nearly disappeared.

Read the Inside the Research on homelessness among former foster youth.

Transitioning Out of Foster Care into Adulthood: Outcomes at Ages 23 and 24

New Findings from Midwest Study on Transitioning Out of Foster Care into Adulthood: Outcomes at Ages 23 and 24
The Midwest Study provides a comprehensive picture of how foster youth are faring during this transition since the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999 became law. Young people who age out of foster care continue to face major challenges in their early twenties, often unable to complete their educations and find housing and jobs. These new findings look at the outcomes at ages 23 and 24.

Read Midwest Evaluation of the Adult Functioning of Former Foster Youth
by Mark E. Courtney, Amy Dworsky, JoAnn S. Lee, and Melissa Raap.

Responding Restoratively to Vulnerable Victims, Youths, and Families

This issue of Protecting Children explores the growing field of restorative justice. Articles provide research findings and case studies documenting how restorative justice is being implemented and the promising results it has yielded for victims, youths, families and communities.

Helping Incarcerated Women

Women’s Prison Association (WPA) is the nation’s oldest service and advocacy organization committed to helping women with criminal justice histories. Through our program services, we serve 2,500 clients, and their families, a year.

We take a dual approach to the issues facing criminal-justice involved women, combining a commitment to changing the circumstances of women’s lives one-by-one with a commitment to changing the systems that create opportunities and barriers for our clients.

Honoring Emancipated Youth
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