FOSTER PARENT/CAREGIVER RESOURCES

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- My Family Connections Workbook

Detailed photo workbook to facilitate close relationships between

children and their birth parents throughout the foster care

experience.

- Rise Magazine: Building Relationships with Foster Parents

This issue explores the obstacles to positive relationships and the

actions and attitudes that help parents and children connect.

- Freecycle.org 

Sign up for free! Grassroots and entirely nonprofit movement of people who are giving (and getting) stuff for free in their own towns and neighborhoods.

- The Pass Along Project 

NH foster parents through partnerships with community organizations deliver a "bundle"  of gently used clothing specific to a child's age and gender to foster families at the time of a new placement.

- NH FAPA Virtual Closet 

Facebook yard sale type group where local foster and adoptive families can post items that they no longer need, but that may help another foster family. You can also post on this page if you are in need of a specific item for a child in your care.

- New Hampshire Foster and Adoptive Association (NHFAPA)

The mission of NHFAPA is to support foster and adoptive parents and remain a consistent strong voice on behalf of all children.  They help connect foster and adoptive parents throughout the state and hold twelve local support groups across the state, provide opportunities for foster and adoptive families to attend fun, family oriented events, and sponsor an annual foster and adoptive parent conference.

- National Foster Parent Association (NFPA)

Non-profit, volunteer organization founded in 1972 to support foster parents in achieving safety, permanence and well-being for the children and youth in their care.

- Together We Rise

Non-profit organization dedicated to transforming the way youth navigate through the foster care system in America. Comprised of motivated young adults and former foster youth, the vision of this organization is to improve the lives of children in foster care, who often find themselves forgotten and neglected by the public. They collaborate with individuals, companies, and community partners to bring resources to foster youth and use service-learning activities to educate volunteers on issues surrounding the foster care system.                

- National Foster Parent Coalition for Allegation Reform (NFPCAR)

An organization seeking reform for foster care.  Offers advice, information and links to various resources for foster parents, especially for those seeking support and guidance with allegations brought against them by CPS.

- Foster Care & Adoptive Community

FCAC Online Training offers 153 courses (5 interactive) with new topics added continuously. Complete mandated training hours from the comfort of your home. Courses are developed by professionals with extensive experience, and most hold a Masters or Ph.D. Certificates are immediately generated with the passing of course test.

- How You Can Support Youth Transitioning From Care

Forty-five suggestions from Foster Club.

- Fosterclub~ The National Network for Youth in Foster Care

Website for children and young people as well as gateway for foster parents. Their publications supply youth with tools for success and also provide inspiration and perspective from their peers who have successfully emerged from foster care. Outreach tools are designed to improve communication with foster children &

adolescents and engage them in achieving their own personal success.

- Allegations Happen: How to Prevent and Survive Them

Foster parents are especially vulnerable to charges of child abuse and neglect. No matter the source or the merit of the charges or how absurd they appear, they must be taken seriously. Here are some helpful tips.

- Legal Resource Manual for Foster Parents Curriculum

This four-module training curriculum is based on the Legal Resource Manual for Foster Parents developed for the National Foster Parent Association (NFPA) in the late 1990's. Although dated, this manual still has some very relevant information about permanency, dependency and removals, court participation by foster parents and maltreat

- Foster Care Institute

Dr. John DeGarmo is the director of the Foster Care Institute and acts as a consultant to foster care agencies and legal agencies across the U.S. The Foster Care Institute website has numerous foster parent resources and you can also sign up for Dr. DeGarmo's free weekly newsletter and his 'Foster Parent How To' book!

- Redlich Horwitz Foundation Resources

Foundation on a mission to improve the foster care system and to achieve better life outcomes for children in care and for those young adults aging out of the system. Informative articles, reports, videos and blogs about foster care.

- The Foster Parent Journal

The strongest material you can have in advocating for your foster child is a well-documented daily journal. How to keep a journal and make a life book. 

- The Complete List of Free Things and Grants for Kids with Special Needs

Organizations that supply necessities such as; therapy tools and mobility aids, travel help, financial assistance + some extra treats.

- Documentation as a Foster Parent 

Informative article by foster care expert Dr. John DeGarmo about the importance of documentation.

- NH GrandFacts and Resources

The GrandFacts state fact sheets for grandfamilies include state-specific data and programs as well as information about public benefits, educational assistance, legal relationship options and state laws.

 Resources for Grandparents Caring for Grandchildren

New Hampshire has programs that can help grandparents who care for their grandchildren. Grandparents can get cash assistance through either FANF or the foster care stipend.

- Financial Assistance for Needy Families (FANF)

Eligibility for FANF depends upon income, resources and the presence of a dependent child under age 18, or under age 20 if the child is a full time student in high school or in a high school equivalency program. FANF applicants must meet the DHHS definition of relative to the child and live with the dependent child. The child must be deprived of parental support or care because a parent died, left home, or is physically or mentally incapacitated.

- Supporting Grandparent and Relatives as Caregivers

Resources through Service Link Aging and Disability Resource Center.

-Listen Community Services

Upper Valley community generously supporting individuals and families. Thrift store vouchers, summer camp scholarships, holiday baskets, community dinners, food pantry, school supplies and utility assistance. The Junction Youth Center is a drop-in, fun and relaxed environment for high school students and those 15-20 years of age.

- Make-A-Change

Organization that provides life changing experiences and education to foster and pre-adoptive children, such as; taking a child on a day trip to a sporting event, concert or amusement park. They focus on serving their local communities in Massachusetts, but also work with kids in other regions/states when opportunity presents itself properly.

- New placement worksheet: "Will I take this child?"

Need to decide whether or not a new placement is right for you and your family? Keep this worksheet handy when you receive a call from DCYF about a new child in need of a foster home.

- Reasonable and Prudent Parenting Standards for NH Caregivers and Foster Parents

Can you get your foster child a haircut? Can you take him on a trip to another state? Are you allowed to sign a permission slip? These are the guidelines that will give you answers to these questions and more! 

- Hope to Dream - Ashley Furniture

Ashley HomeStores donates a portion of the mattress sales to Hope To Dream which is a foundation that provides a twin mattress, bed frame, bedding and pillow to a child who might otherwise suffer the negative physical and emotional effects of sleep deprivation. Participating in stores in NH: Salem, Nashua and Manchester. 

- Advocacy in Education

Powerpoint presented at October 2018 NHFAPA Conference. Reviews: 504/IEPs, discipline situation, Functional Behavior Assessment, documentation, advocacy tools, educational decision-making, provisions in Every Student Succeeds Act – Children in Foster Care.

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