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Mentor Michigan Foster Care Initiative Program ResourcesThe Mentor Michigan Foster Care Initiative began in 2011 and is a partnership between Mentor Michigan and the Department of Human Services (DHS). The goal of the initiative is to enhance support for mentoring programs serving youth in foster care and increase the number of foster youth in mentoring relationships.
As DHS works to ensure youth in foster care are given the opportunity to be mentored, Mentor Michigan has developed capacity-building resources, mentor training materials, and mentor recruitment tools for state mentoring programs that address the unique needs of youth in foster care. Mentor Michigan and DHS are also collaborating together to create resources on mentoring for caseworkers, foster youth, and foster parents as well as providing assistance in a media campaign to raise public awareness around the need for mentors for youth aging out of foster care.
Mentor Michigan Faith-Based Recruitment Toolkit
Best Practice Guidelines from NYC Administration for Children's Services
A comprehensive overview of the legislation, definitions, demographics and decision points by Lynda Arnold, Vice President of the Child Welfare League of America, from the American Academy of Pediatrics' 2009 National Conference and Exhibition; video is geared towards medical professionals, but has useful information, and includes PowerPoint slides. (Length: 32 minutes)
Linked to Casey Family Programs, this site offers programs free access to the Ansell-Casey Life Skills Assessments (ACLSA), learning plans, and learning resources to help engage foster care youth in gaining the life skills they need to exit care successfully; organizations can receive authorized training as well as access ACLSA aggregate data reports. Information on how to utilize the tools can be found under each tab. Life skill areas covered: career planning, communication, daily living, home life, housing and money management, self care, social relationships, work life, and work and study skills.
Learn more about foster care and the National Foster Care Month Campaign held in May. Find out how you can get involved in changing a lifetime; access the National Foster Care Month Toolkit; and many other great resources to help you celebrate National Foster Care Month.
View research studies that relate to mentoring youth in foster care, including building lasting matches, mentoring young people leaving foster care, and addressing the unmet educational needs of children and youth in the child welfare system.
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