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Foster Care to College: Scholarships for South Jersey Students

BRIDGETON, N.J. July 20, 2016 – Lamenting that less than ten percent of youths in foster care go on to achieve a bachelor's degree, the South Jersey First Star Collaborative announced that 30 full college scholarships for such students will be provided by the Give Something Back Foundation. Nationally, only about 50 percent of foster [...]

By | July 27th, 2016|News, Press, Rowan, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Foster Care to College: Scholarships for South Jersey Students

Article: Child Maltreatment History Should Be a Bar to Being a Foster Parent

Daniel Pollack and Noy Davis* just published an article on Youth Today about the legitimate need for foster care agencies to do background checks before granting licenses to prospective foster parents. "Across the country, some municipalities have begun to “Ban the Box,” to no longer at the outset ask questions about an applicant’s criminal history. [...]

By | June 14th, 2016|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Article: Child Maltreatment History Should Be a Bar to Being a Foster Parent

Happy Thanksgiving

"This holiday season there are many things to be thankful for. I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved with First Star for all being who you are and for being a part of the First Star Greater Washington Academy. Without your commitment, support and engagement we would not be able to fulfill [...]

By | November 25th, 2015|Blog, FSGWA, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Happy Thanksgiving

Kids Data Reports that CA Had the Highest Child Abuse & Neglect Rates Since 1999

John Kelly reported on October 14, 2015 in The Chronicle of Social Change on Focus on Figures. Focus on the Figures is a regular partnership between The Chronicle of Social Change andKidsData.org, a nonprofit dedicated to providing data on the health and well-being of California’s children. In 2014, there were 496,972 reports (allegations) of child abuse and [...]

By | October 14th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Kids Data Reports that CA Had the Highest Child Abuse & Neglect Rates Since 1999

DHHS Reports that Number of Children in Foster Care Has Risen

David Crary of the Associated Press reports that for the first time in a decade, there was a notable increase last year in the number of U.S. children in foster care, according to new federal figures released Wednesday. The annual report from the Department of Health and Human Services tallied 415,129 children in the foster [...]

By | September 25th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on DHHS Reports that Number of Children in Foster Care Has Risen

Possible Good News for Foster Youth, a New Bill to be Introduced in Congress, John Kelly reports

U.S. Reps Karen Bass (D-Calif.) and Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) will introduce a bill next week that would allow former foster youth access to Medicaid in any state until the age of 26. The Affordable Care Act, passed in 2009, guarantees Medicaid eligibility until 26 to youth who age out of foster care, the same amount of [...]

By | September 25th, 2015|News, Uncategorized|Comments Off on Possible Good News for Foster Youth, a New Bill to be Introduced in Congress, John Kelly reports

Happy rainy Monday!

Our latest Academy meeting on College Application Tips was on held on Saturday, January 10th, at the CFSA building from 9:00-3:00. We started our day with fresh orange juice, bananas, and hot chocolate with marshmallows to warm up our cold bodies and wake up our sleepy brains in preparation of our very full day of [...]

By | January 13th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

UCLA Summer Program Supports Foster Youth

Published in EdSource July 27, 2014 | By Susan Frey Instability — multiple homes and multiple schools — is one of the biggest obstacles to academic success for foster children. But about two dozen high school students in foster care in Southern California are benefiting from one constant in their lives: a program each summer [...]

By | July 27th, 2014|UCLA Bruin Academy, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Failures of America’s Foster Care System

July 19, 2014 I worked with the largest county children's welfare services in America for more than a quarter century. For several decades as a licensed therapist in Los Angeles County, I provided mandated therapy to both children as well as young adults were aging out of the child welfare system. Over the years I [...]

By | July 21st, 2014|News, Uncategorized|0 Comments