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How to Support your Foster Child in School

August 27, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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School has started again and you’re a foster parent who wants the best for your child! You’ve probably budgeted for new school supplies, got a cool lunch pail, and for your foster teens, maybe a school shopping trip for some new clothes. You’re also aware that school for your foster child may look different than their peers and want to know how you can support them.

There are a few different aspects to the educational experience for foster children. The nuances vary depending on needs in academics vs behavior and age. You should also be aware of what your rights are when it comes to decision making. There are a couple policies like IDEA and ESSA that dictate your rights and what services may be available to your foster student.

What happens day to day in the classroom is also important. Certain assignments, language, and dynamics can all uniquely affect your child due to their foster status. We’ll go over all these aspects so you can have an overview of how to best support your foster child in their education!

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Former Victor FFA Foster Child Earns Doctorate from USC

July 30, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in Transitional Age Youth Services (TAY), News, foster care

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It’s no secret that many foster children experience trauma and hardship. There are so many children in need of a stable and loving home, it could be easy to think, “Well how can I do anything to combat all that?” The truth is, by providing a safe home and loving home, you can change a child’s world, and even an entire family’s life.

Meet Mich Hamlin. Mich went from homelessness, to foster care, to graduating from University of Southern California with his doctorate in physical therapy. He hopes his story will be an inspiration to other foster children. We hope it can be an encouragement to foster parents as well.

Mich’s Childhood

Up until middle school, Mich, along with his parents and two brothers, were homeless. They slept wherever they could, including parks and behind dumpster bins, though his family did have a car. His parents suffered from alcoholism and when his mother showed up drunk to pick him up from school, he and his siblings were placed into foster care.

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Important Roles of Positive Male Figures in Foster Youth Lives – Featuring the Sanchez Family

June 18, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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There is humor in the conception that moms just want a day off on Mother’s Day, but on Father’s Day dads want to be out and doing something as a family. This actually fits well with the roles that father figures play in childdevelopment, even in foster care.

One of our Victor FFA Hemet foster families, the Sanchez family, was named Resource Family of the Year by the Riverside Department of Public Social Services during National Foster Care Month. What makes the Sanchezes especially unique this month, is that Derrick is a stay-at-home father, and they are fostering 4 boys while raising their own teenage son.

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Building Resiliency in Foster Children

May 12, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in family services, foster care, adoption

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Celebrating Foster Care and Mental Health Awareness Month

Foster Care Awareness Month is probably our favorite month of the year.  Everyone is talking about how they can support foster children!

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Sexual Assault Awareness Month - Parenting a Child or Youth that has been Sexually Abused

April 20, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care, adoption

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April is both Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Awareness month. We want to join the voices in bringing awareness to these issues as they are close to our hearts.

There is a chance that in your journey as a foster parent, you may be placed with a child who has been sexually assaulted or abused.

According to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), 1 in 9 girls and 1 in 53 boys under the age of 18 experience sexual abuse or assault.

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The Full Impact of Social Workers in Foster Care

March 16, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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Celebrating Social Worker Appreciation Month

When you think of social workers, what comes to mind? Is it the image of someone helping the community? Or someone pouring over files at a desk at your county office? Maybe you think of your friend who is a social worker or maybe you think about the social worker who has helped you.

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8 Tips for Fostering Teenagers

February 19, 2021 / by Victor Staff

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Parenting teenagers is a hallmark of our society. It is the cause of lots of crazy stories, frustrations and some really funny moments. Hormones are changing, identities are being formed and you’re just trying to do the right thing for your kid’s growth and development. Being a foster parent for a teenager is the same as raising any other teenager in many ways.

Fostering parenting teenagers can seem a very daunting task, but it is possible to do a good job and it can be very rewarding. Some foster parents even find they have a special knack for raising teens! To help you out, we’ve outlined some tips that in addition to support from your social worker, can lead you in how to best parent a teen in foster care.

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How to Manage the Ups and Downs of Being a Foster Parent

January 22, 2021 / by Victor Staff posted in foster care

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Foster parenting is parenting. Like any parent, you experience ups and downs when raising your children. You have financial, emotional, and time commitments just like you do for a child who is born into your household. 

The good days far outweigh the bad, but foster parenting comes with some unique ups and downs that you should know about so you can be prepared to handle or celebrate them accordingly.  

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Seven Seasonal Values to Share with your Foster Child

December 18, 2020 / by Victor Staff posted in family services, foster care

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While we may celebrate different holidays at the same time of the year, there is a lot shared between us all when it comes to the spirit of the season. Your family may have a different spiritual or cultural background than your foster child.

Where some may see a challenge to prepare for, we think this is one of the hidden opportunities to demonstrate care and support. Because there are some values in the season that we all have in common, and incorporating them into your household during this time is a great way to bond with and celebrate the season as a family.

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It's National Adoption Month!

November 25, 2020 / by Victor Staff posted in adoption

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November is National Adoption Month, and this year's focus is on finding adoptive families for older youth and highlighting the importance of engaging young people in both routine and systems-change processes.

There is a huge need for adoptive parents willing to take youth who are at risk of aging out of the foster care system. Studies have shown that long-term success rates are much higher for teens who are adopted into families, before aging out of the system.

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