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March 16, 2010

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


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Community Opportunities
Fostercarecentral.org is Looking for Video Submissions from Foster Parents

[from Foster Care Central Update 2/24/10]

Fostercarecentral.org is asking for videos from foster parents. They will be using the videos to create a ‘mash-up’ for their foster parent recruitment page. Listed below are the video requirements.

• Up to 1 minute in length (it can be less).
• Any of the following video File formats: DVCam, MiniDV, DVPro, MP2, AVI, Quicktime, P2
• Email video to [email protected]
• It’s okay to show emotion: laugh, cry, smile.
• Every adult appearing in the video must Print, sign, date and send in the release agreement.
• What we are looking for:
• Talk about your experience as a foster or adoptive parent.
• Some possible talking points (but not limited to):
• What do like about being a foster parent?
• What is your favorite part of being a foster parent?
• Why did you become a foster parent?
• Why be a foster parent? Why adopt?
• How we will use the video:
• We will be “mashing/ editing” videos we receive together to be added on the homepage on our soon to be released foster parent recruitment website (we’ll also put it on our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/fostercarecentral) and possibly other foster care web sites we create in the future.

Reminder: DO NOT TALK ABOUT OR SHOW ANY CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION IN YOUR VIDEO. FOR EXAMPLE NO CHILDREN, FOSTER CHILD’S NAME, ADDRESS, ANY IDENTIFIABLE INFORMATION, ETC.

For any person who is in the video, they are asking that they fill out a form called ‘FCC_model release.doc’. For questions and to obtain the form, email [email protected]

Jobs for Former Foster Youth in Alameda County

Jobs & Workers Available Through AC HIRE Program
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If you are a former foster youth aged 18-24 and meet at least one of the following criteria, B:E can help get you working through AC HIRE:
• A former foster youth from Alameda County
• A CalWORKs recipient
• A family with income below 200% of poverty ($29,140 for a family of 2; $44,100 for a family of 4)
• A non-custodial parent with income below 200% of poverty ($21,660 for a single person)

**Local business owners, youth are available and ready to work! When you fill vacancies with eligible workers through AC HIRE, you can receive 80% reimbursement of wages paid.**

Youth and employers should contact Tenina Stevens at [email protected] or (510) 667-7642 for more information.

New Teacher Center is hiring a Director of Development and a Director of Impact!

[from the Young Non-Profit Network 3/2/10]
Location: Bay Area, CA

Organization Background
The New Teacher Center (NTC) is a national organization dedicated to improving student learning by accelerating the effectiveness of new teachers. NTC strengthens school communities through proven mentoring and professional development programs, online learning environments, policy advocacy, and essential research. Since 1998, NTC has served over 49,000 teachers and 5,000 mentors, touching millions of students across the country. The organization has an $18 million operating budget and has a staff of 200 working across the country. Spurred by the nation’s increasing achievement gap and the need for effective support for a new generation of teachers, NTC has recently launched an ambitious growth phase.

Director of Development, Position Background
The New Teacher Center is seeking a dynamic and entrepreneurial Director of Development who will lead all fundraising efforts for the organization and ensure that NTC is maximizing the opportunity to leverage foundation, individual, corporate and government grants. Reporting directly to the CEO and working closely with other senior leaders, the Director of Development will develop and execute a fundraising strategy designed to support the organization’s aggressive growth plans. The Director of Development will skillfully represent the organization to donors, prospects and the public and will continually seek out new opportunities and avenues for support allowing the organization to expand its scope and impact. This position is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious, strategic development professional to help take NTC to a new level organizationally and in the process, make a significant contribution to education reform. Please see the attachment and visit http://www.cgcareers.org/findajob/jobdetail/1530 for the FULL job description on the Commongood Careers website.

Director of Impact, Position Background
The New Teacher Center (NTC) is seeking a knowledgeable and entrepreneurial Director of Impact to create a coordinated and comprehensive strategy across the organization for defining and measuring impact. As NTC aims to significantly increase the impact of its program through a data-driven approach, this role will set the vision for what is being measured, how that data is collected, how the results are used to inform programming and how those results are communicated to the outside world. During this time of organizational growth, NTC is looking to incorporate measurements of mentor efficacy and development, teacher efficacy and effectiveness, as well as student achievement outcomes, where appropriate, as key indicators of quality programs. Working collaboratively with staff across the organization, the role provides an exciting opportunity for someone with highly developed analytic skills and an understanding of the complexities of the education world to make a significant contribution to the direction of NTC in the coming years. Please see the attachment and visit http://www.cgcareers.org/findajob/jobdetail/1531 for the FULL job description and application instructions on the Commongood Careers website.

Project Independence hiring Youth Services Coordinator (fremont / union city / newark)

Position: Youth Service Coordinator
Program: Project Independence
Status / Classification: Full- Time
Supervisor: Support Housing Director

POSITION SUMMARY:
Provide overall assistance with Project Independence participants including: assessment and enrollment, housing assistance, case management and all other activities needed to support participants on an individualized basis.

RESPONSIBILITIES
• Pre-screen potential participants for Project Independence.
• Assess and enroll applicants into the program which includes face-to-face meetings with all applicants.
• Review and verify all supporting documentation.
• Assist participants in maintaining stable housing by providing tenant/ landlord liaison support.
• Assist with housing placement, maintenance coordination, and general communication around housing needs.
• Develop Individualized Service Plans for all participants.
• Prepare written applicant assessment reports.
• Deliver case management services, including but not limited to weekly personal contact, periodic home visits, monitoring of educational progress, income certifications, and referrals to adjunct services.
• Assistance with financial, career planning, and job search preparation.
• Advocate for participants with employers, educators, and other service providers.
• Attend mandatory meetings and case-conferencing sessions.
• Network with other community service organizations and local government
• Prepare quarterly, annual, and programmatic reports as requested.
• Maintain and secure comprehensive case files.
• Provide assistance to the Supportive Housing Director as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:
• MSW preferred. BA Social Work or related field required.
• A minimum of one year of experience working with transitional age youth, homeless individuals/ families, or extremely low income populations.
• Ability to maintain accurate client/service documentation.
• Excellent written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to work effectively in a team environment.
• Strong organizational and time management skills.
• Excellent engagement skills with program participants.
• Initiative, flexibility, capacity to respond effectively in stressful/crisis situations.
• Experience with community networking and resource building.
• Reliable transportation and clean DMV record required.
• Willingness to be flexible with work schedule.

email [email protected] for more information or to submit an application

Notice: This description is to be used as a guide only. It does not constitute a contract, commitment or promise of any kind. Abode Services reserves the right to change, add, delete, upgrade or downgrade the position as dictated by business necessity at anytime with or without notice.

HUD Conference Youth Committee

There is an exciting opportunity coming up for young people who want to have their voices heard about issues affecting the TAY (Transition aged youth) population. The Department of Housing and Urban Development is looking for interns to work in the planning of HUD’s Transitional Age Youth (TAY) Conference which will be happening Thursday July 8, 2010 in Oakland, CA!

Upcoming Events
TAY Save The date!: The First Annual California TAY UN-Convention

Stars Behavioral Health Group, in association with CIMH, presents the First Annual California TAY Un-Convention, May 21st in Los Angeles (venue to be determined) Direct service TAY providers, youth & family advocates, and young adults from around the state are coming together to share ideas and interventions that are working on many topics. Online registation for the Un-Convention will be avaliable soon at www.cimh.org/events

Free Training: Facebook, LinkedIn, and MySpace- oh my!

Whether your organization is an early adopter of online social networking or not, your community is probably curious about it. Are you faced with questions like, “Is Facebook safe?” or, “How do I keep my information private?” If you are trying to increase interest in social networking within your community, how do you articulate its benefits? How can social networking really help members of your community?

At Community Technology Network’s (CTN’s) first Networking Event in 2010, John Bansavich, Director of Learning Technologies and the Center for Instruction and Technology at the University of San Francisco, and Susan Mernit, the co-founder of Public Media Collaborative, will share information about their programs and lead a discussion focused on how community technology leaders can help communities successfully navigate the new terrain of online social networking. Susan Mernit is also the co-founder of Oakland Local, a nonprofit community site focused on training nonprofits, ethnic media, and community groups to use social media tools to tell their stories.

Come to learn more and meet other people and organizations working to promote digital inclusion, and leave with new tools and valuable connections. The event is free, but space is limited. RSVP here: http://www.meetup.com/Community-Technology-Digital-Opportunity/calendar/12676343


When: Wednesday, March 17 4pm-6pm
Where: University of San Francisco Center for Instruction and Technology
2350 Turk Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

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.

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HEY Staff Recommended 'Trends to Watch'
HEY Foster Care Youth Committee April Meeting

We still are looking for youth who would like to be apart of the Foster Care Month Youth Committee! Our next meeting is Monday April 26th from 4:30-6:00 pm at our HEY office located at 221 Main Street San Francisco, CA 94105

EYAB Alumni

 

[From Claudia Mendez, HEY's EYAB]In our efforts to update the community about the continuous work or our EYAB team after their service here at HEY we are launching our “Where Are They Now” Alumni Page. Our EYAB 2009/2010 has taken it upon themselves to connect with all of our EYAB Alumni and Staff and they are highlighting former team members and staff by conducting one-on-one interviews to find out more about their lives. Our intention is to rally the community around the success and progress of our EYAB Alumni and their continuous work in the communities we serve.  EYAB 2009/2010 believes that: “if we can bring the EYAB Alumni together once again, we can build a stronger community network and younger foster youth can continue to be inspired by such wonderful leaders”.

 If you would like to read EYAB Alumni updates please visit HEY’s Website at: http://www.heysf.org/main-menu/youth/eyab-alumni

 Also, If you are an EYAB Alumni or EYAB Staff we would love to highlight your success on our webpage. Please contact Claudia Mendez at [email protected] or 415-808- 4256

San Francisco Human Services Agency System Improvement Plan: Youth on Probation

During the fourth and final meeting of San Francisco’s Human Services System Improvement Plan Core Team Meeting, we spoke in depth about youth in probation. The Juvenile Probation Department (JPD) presented statistics and numbers of youth who were referred to the probation department and those resulting in a petition being filed in 2008. In 2008, the latest year they presented, there were 3446 youth referred to JPD but only 1607 actually had petitions filed against them. Once a youth’s petition is sustained – they are booked – meaning they are placed in probation with their families, in out of home (foster care) placements, or sent to a facility. The majority of youth do not get placed in juvenile hall, Log Cabin Ranch or more serious facilities.

The purpose of today’s discussion was to present initiatives currently underway and planned for the future that would encourage the least restrictive placements for youth on probation. Over the course of the last three years, JPD had several peer and expert evaluations and realized that least restrictive placements are the most rehabilitative for the youth and their families. Lower level placements also save money for San Francisco County, making this option beneficial for all parties.

However, in order to keep communities safe, while also encouraging accountability in youth – and showing them that indeed consequences exist – intentional decision making processes must be implemented. Therefore JPD is currently working with Child Welfare Services (CWS) to utilize and learn from programs that work. Because youth on probation and youth in foster care are paid for by the same government funding, they should always have access to the same services. Unfortunately, because of a fractured system, and various other psychological divisions between the youth, the departments, and the rationale that placed them in care, they may not receive equal services. Both JPD and CWS acknowledge that this disparity needs to be equalized and have multiple initiatives to support and rehabilitate youth and their families.

This meeting concluded the System Improvement Plan’s Core Team Meeting Series. Once the final recommendation is released, HEY will develop a simple summary to include as a HEY Trend in our newsletter and website.

Local, State and Federal Policy Updates
Turnout of March 4th -March 4 Day of Action and Strike in Defense of Public Education – California

My name is Claudia Mendez and I am one of HEY’s EYAB the reason for my message today is to share in my point of view how March 4th Day of Action and Strike in Defense of Public Education – California turned out. As you may have seen on the news students, parents, faculty and supporters of public education came together on March 4th to speak up against the cuts that have been done to public education in California.

Capitol Hill Briefing on Every Child Deserves a Family Act

[from the Children's Welfare League of America, Children's Monitor Online 3/14/10]

Congressman Pete Stark (D-CA) sponsored a briefing on Thursday, March 11, on his legislation, the Every Child Deserves a Family Act. The bill, H.R. 4806, prohibits states from discriminating in the placement of foster and adoptive children on the basis of sexual preference and allows federal funding to be cut off if such discriminatory practices are in place.

As part of the briefing, participants heard from several panelists including Martin Gill, an adoptive parent, who along with his partner of more than eight years has been raising two foster children since 2004. In 2008 a Florida court granted the adoption after hearing that it would be in the two children’s best interest. The state of Florida went to court to challenge the adoption and Gill is currently involved in a lawsuit against Florida’s law that automatically denies adoption by gays and lesbians. Gill was featured in the November/December edition of CWLA’s Children’s Voice magazine. Currently Florida is the only state with a statutory prohibition on adoptions by lesbian and gay parents. Gill told how the state had asked to place two foster children in his care six years ago in an emergency. The court case is scheduled for a late August hearing in an appeals court with the case expected to land in the Florida Supreme Court. CWLA weighed in on the earlier case through the filing of an amicus brief.

In addition to Gill, the panel included Leslie Cooper from the American Civil Liberties Union, who has been involved in the suit; Charlotte J. Patterson, professor of psychology at the University of Virginia; Gary J. Gates, senior research fellow at the Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law; and Uma Ahluwalia, director of the Department of Health and Human Services for Montgomery County, Maryland. Ahluwalia talked about the practice in both Montgomery County and the state of Maryland where such discrimination is not practiced. The other panelists refuted some claims that there is psychological and other forms of harm to children placed with gay or lesbian couples, and used research to argue that there is a potentially large pool of prospective adoptive parents available among couples who are gay or lesbian if discrimination is not practiced. Through the end of FY 2007 there were 133,000 children in the foster care system nationally awaiting placement in an adoptive home.

Sebelius Awards $100 Million to 10 States

[from the CWLA Children’s Monitor Online 3/1/10]

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced $100 million in federal grant funds to 10 states to improve health care quality and delivery systems for children enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) last week.

The grants, which will be awarded over a five-year period, were federally funded by the CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2009. The grants will assist states with implementing and evaluating provider performance measures in order to improve the quality of care delivered to children. Eight of the 10 grantees will test a new set of child health quality measures, and 7 of the 10 states will use the funds to implement health information technology strategies with two states specifically planning to develop a new pediatric electronic health record format.

Awardees represent both single-state projects and multistate collaborations. Grantees working in multistate partnerships will share award funds, so the funds will actually be distributed among 18 states. The awards were granted to Maine, Vermont, Oregon, Alaska, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, Illinois, Massachusetts, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Idaho, South Carolina, Maryland, Georgia, and Wyoming.

HHS Replaces 2008 Guidance on Kinship/Guardianship Care

[from the CWLA Children’s Monitor Online 3/1/10]

In a press released last week, CWLA President and CEO Christine James-Brown praised the Administration for issuing new guidance on how states can implement the new Title IV-E kinship Guardianship program. James-Brown said, “The Administration’s leadership and action will help potentially thousands more children and their relative caregivers.” In a new program instruction (ACYF-CB-PI-10-01) dated Thursday, February 18, the Department of Health and Human Services, through the Administration on Children and Families (ACF) pulled back guidance that had been issued on December 24, 2008 that was seen by some states and advocates as limiting Title IV-E Kinship care coverage under the Fostering Connection Act (P.L. 110-351).

The new instruction states that this “allows Title IV-E agencies to convert legal guardianships that existed prior to the plan submission, including those that may have been supported through state or tribal funds.” Under the 2008 directive, HHS was basically saying that only new kinship arrangements agreed to once a state had implemented the kinship option could be covered. But under this instruction, it is possible that some children and kin families now enrolled in state-funded programs could be covered as long as they meet all the requirements once they went into the original placement. In the President’s new budget, the Administration projects more than 14,000 children are expected to be covered under the new law in fiscal year 2011, an increase from 5,000 in the current year. This new instruction could increase that number if the result is that more states act on taking the Title IV-E kinship option. States will still have to make sure the caregiver, child and the state meet all the requirements and the new instruction also indicates that if a state plans to make claims for children in kinship care prior to the plan amendment creating a Title IV-E kinship program, the “agency must submit a description to ACF that explains the process it will use to ensure that claims will be submitted on behalf of only those children that meet the eligibility requirements.” Download the full Program Instruction.

HEY Foster Care Library
New Fact Sheet: What Works for Programs for Older Youth

[from Child Trends Research Update 3/11/10]

Recently, HEY received notice that this publication had recently been released. Currently, HEY is working on a project to help redesign San Francisco’s ILP service delivery to align with best practices that have been proven effective by research. This article lists methods and practices that are ‘evidence based’ – meaning scientific tests have been done and have proven and quantifiable success rates. See the article below for a list of some programs that work well for older youth.

A new Child Trends fact sheet, What Works for Older Youth During the Transition to Adulthood, examines the role that programs for older youth can play in promoting positive development and subsequent self-sufficiency in adulthood. It synthesizes the findings from 31 rigorous evaluations of programs; all of the programs evaluated youth outcomes during the transition to adulthood (ages 18 to 25), but programs varied in the ages of targeted youth. Among the findings:

• Education and career programs can be effective, especially for low-income youth and for youth targeted from younger ages.
• Specific intervention strategies, such as mentoring, case management, and providing child care for young parents, are associated with program success across youth outcomes.
• Substance use and reproductive health programs have not consistently been found to be effective for this age group.

RELATED RESEARCH FROM CHILD TRENDS

Summaries of over 420 evaluations of programs that work (or don’t) to enhance children’s development and additional fact sheets that synthesize “what works” are available at www.childtrends.org/WhatWorks.

Understanding Middle School Youth Culture and Culturally Relevant Programming

[from the Lucile Packard Pre-Teen Post 2/22/10]

The California Afterschool Network recently held a workshop on youth cultural competence. If you work with preteens or want to better understand today’s youth culture, this presentation offers useful insights and resources. Get the audio and PowerPoint slides here:
http://cl.exct.net/?qs=16f7a75eb97bc1eef3edd89ad415e6e0fee8cfa86ac4b413d46a4202a0b843dc
http://cl.exct.net/?qs=16f7a75eb97bc1eef3edd89ad415e6e0fee8cfa86ac4b413d46a4202a0b843dc

New Foster Youth Employment Statistics from HEY!

HEY has released 4 new HEY Statistics focusing on foster youth and unemployment. The 4 HEY Statistics paint a picture of the barriers foster youth face while searching for and keeping employment. They express the current services available to them to assist them to find employment, and provide best practices for youth serving agencies. The HEY Statistics also focus on how to best track foster youth data, how organizations can better serve foster youth in employment programs, and the value of tracking foster youth data in their programs.

Check out the HEY Statistics:

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