All children in foster care are impacted by trauma. Being separated from their birth families, and learning to live with a new family, is a traumatic experience in itself, not to mention the events that led up to them needing foster care. Trauma, especially in early childhood, can have immediate and long-term effects on a persons physical and mental health, a child's ability to perform in school, social interactions, and so much more. Parenting a child impacted by trauma is both challenging and rewarding, and traditional parenting techniques often do not work or make matters worse. We hope to collect a number of resources here for parents, foster parents, teachers, and anyone who wants to better understand and support kids affected by trauma.
Adoptive Family Support Network
AFSN provides support, education, information and referral to adoptive parents. AFSN supports all kinds of families and all types of adoptions through:
- Statewide Parent to Parent Program
- Adoption Support Groups
- Adoptive Parent Seminars / Training / Workshops
- Adoptive Family Fun Events
A coalition of Michigan foster families and families who have adopted out of foster care, working together to promote better service and better outcomes for the children in our care. Also has a "toolbox" of resources for foster/adoptive families, which you can find here: http://www.fosteringforwardmi.org/foster-parent-toolbox.html
HELPING tRAUMATIZED CHILDREN LEARN
Creating and Advocating for Trauma-sensitive Schools
Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange
MARE is a statewide information and referral service for families interested in adopting children from foster care, and for adoption workers looking for homes for these children. The MARE website provides a listing of waiting children in Michigan and of Michigan families interested in adopting children with special needs.
The Michigan Adoption Resource Exchange is a program of Judson Center and is funded by The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Michigan Alliance for Families
Advocacy, Education and resources for Special Education
Contact: Kristen Columbus, (734) 662-1256 ext 203, firstname.lastname@example.org
Keywords: IEP, IFSP, Special Education, Disability, Accommodation, IDEA, Section 504, NCLB, ADA, MARSE, PLAAF, ADD, ADHD, Autism, ASD, Down Syndrome, FASD, Fetal Alcohol
Michigan Education Trust
College scholarship assistance to youth who have experienced foster care
Contact: Student Scholarships and Grants, 1-888-4-GRANTS (888-447-2687), email@example.com
Keywords: scholarship, financial aid, college
IMPORTANT NOTE: The "Fostering Futures Scholarship" (or FFS) is an MET program, and has no affiliation with "Fostering Futures," the foster care and adoption Agency.
Student Advocacy Center
Advocacy and support / Helping kids stay in school
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website for address and phone number information for each office (Washtenaw, Jackson and Wayne counties).
Keywords: expulsion, expelled, discipline, truancy, public education, intervention, student rights, advocacy
Michigan Colleges and Universities
Several Michigan colleges and universities offer programs to provide extra support to students who have experienced foster care. Eligibility for each program may vary; services may include one-on-one coaching and/or connection with resources in areas such as:
Housing Assistance • Employment Assistance • Academic Advising & Monitoring • Guidance in navigating admissions, transitions, transfers, etc. • Budgeting/Financial management • Counseling & Support • Career Planning • Accessing campus & community resources • Financial Aid • Connections to social and recreational activities • Mentoring • Life Skills Labs & Workshops
Eastern Michigan University
MAGIC Program, Joi rencher, email@example.com
University of Michigan
Blavins Scholars Program, Emily Hurtado-Arboleda
Washtenaw Community College
REACH Program, Kathy Stewart LMSW, (734) 973-3572