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Help Me to Succeed:
A Guide to Supporting Youth in Foster Care to Prevent Teen Pregnancy

help-me-succeed cover“This report combines messages directly from youth in foster care in Georgia with national research to provide insight and advice to adults working in the child welfare sector. Understanding a youth’s feelings and opinions regarding the risks of early pregnancy and prevention strategies can help child welfare professionals provide more effective support for the young people they support in foster care. Below are suggestions on how to find the balance between helping youth in care have a “normal” adolescent experience while providing them with the support they need to overcome barriers they face as a result of being in the child welfare system.”

Download PDF here.

Parenting a Child Who Has Experienced Abuse or Neglect

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“Children who have been abused or neglected need safe and nurturing relationships that address the effects of child maltreatment. This factsheet from The Child Welfare Information Gateway is intended to help parents (birth, foster, and adoptive) and other caregivers better understand the challenges of caring for a child who has experienced maltreatment and learn about the resources available for support.”

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Regional and Statewide Events


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Please join us on the third Wednesday of the month at our next support group meeting.  All adoptive families (post-adopt) and legal guardians of children/young adults are welcome to join us for education, support,  fellowship and fun!

Where: 211 Schraffts Drive, Unit A5, Waterbury, CT
Time: 7 – 9 pm

Beginning in June, group will begin at 6 pm.

For more information regarding our support group or to receive email updates and reminders for the support group, please call Deb Kelleher at 203.706.0101 or email deb.kelleher@fosteradoptivemission.org.

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Are you parenting a child(ren) for a relative or friend?

Join us for an opportunity to connect with others experiencing similar situations.  Share your thoughts and feelings.  Learn more about resources.

Future topics to include: conflict resolution, managing boundaries, obtaining assistance, social media and the internet, managing loss and feelings of guilt. Read more…

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Foster Care Alumni are invited to join our partners at Annie C for a new monthly support group.

 

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Foster, adoptive and kinship families are invited to spend a fun-filled afternoon building with blocks.

To find out more click here.

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Kids in every Connecticut community need families to help them grow up.

Families are needed for sibling groups, teens, and children with complex medical issues. Become a foster or adoptive parent and help these children learn to hope….

Hope for stability…

Hope for a brighter future….

Hope for the love and support of a family…

You can bring hope to a child.

Learn more about foster care and adoption in Connecticut and how you can help by attending an information meeting (Open House). Pre-registration suggested but walk-ins always welcomed! Call 203-706-0101 for more information.

Date: August 9 or August 23, 2014

Time: 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

Place: Annie C Courtney Foundation
211 Schraffts Dr., Waterbury

Ample parking available in lower lot.

Visit our calendar for more information meeting (open house) dates.

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Becoming a Foster Parent

Attend an Open House in your Area
Take the First Step! Attend an Open House.One of the first steps in obtaining a foster care license or adoption license in CT is to attend what is traditionally called an Open House.  At an Open House event you will receive information about both the foster care and adoption licensing process, including special needs adoption, medically complex foster care, therapeutic foster care,foster care for adjudicated youth and enhanced foster care.  The presenter will also discuss mentoring opportunities and respite care (short term foster care.) You will be afforded an opportunity to ask questions.  And you will leave with a packet of information including contact information.  If you would like to attend an Open House, your regional coordinator will be happy to set up a reservation for you with one of our partner agencies. Please call or email the regional coordinator (through our contact page) for your town to assure that a packet of information and a seat will be reserved for you.  Walk-ins, however,  are always welcome.

FAM makes every effort to list all Open House events for each of our partners, however, some of our partners do not hold traditional Open Houses.  Please visit our partners page and click on their links to find out how to schedule an appointment with them or to get more information about their foster care programs.  Additionally, all Open House information for the eastern corner of CT is listed on the Hearts, Hands, and Homes website.  Click here to navigate to their site.

If you have any questions regarding the Open Houses listed and cannot reach the contact person, please call the FAM office at 203-706-0101.

Scholarships for Youth

Kay Wyrick Scholarship Application

Download a copy of the KAY WYRICK Scholarship Application  and apply today!  Note new deadline April 15th.

The Foster Adoptive Mission (FAM) community collaborative created a $1000 scholarship in loving memory of Katherine “Kay” Wyrick, whose outstanding volunteer work has touched and changed the many lives she came in contact with.

Ways to Help

Helping Connecticut’s Foster Children
Help Connecticut's Foster Children!Thank you for your interest in helping Connecticut’s foster children. Thousands of children across the state are waiting for a mentor, for a foster family, for an adoptive family—or simply for someone who is willing to be on their side. Let these children see that they matter to you. However you choose to express your kindness and compassion to these children, you will make a difference.

Become a Foster Parent
Become an Adoptive Parent
Provide Respite Care
Provide a Job
Become a Guardian Ad Litem
Volunteer at a Children’s Home
Donate items to a children’s home, foster care agency, or through an agency like Covenant to Care or Acts IV
Adopt a Social Worker Through our Partner, Covenant to Care