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Wendi Turner

The Director's Corner

Can you believe it?  Another school year is here!

It can be a hard transition going from the freedom of summer to the structure of being a full time student.  But you know what, it's worth it.

Families, whether they are the primary parent or resource parent, are crucial partners to the educational success of children and have the most direct and lasting impact on children's learning and development of social competence. When parents are involved, students achieve more, exhibit more positive attitudes and behavior, and feel more comfortable in new settings.

In celebration of school and education, OFCA is dedicating this issue to education and training resources. 

Enjoy the year and have FUN!  
Wendi Turner, Executve Director 

Office: 614-222-2712

Foster parents must be involved in school to help kids succeed Dr. Jon DeGarmo

For children in foster care to succeed in school, foster parents must lead the charge and blaze a path as an advocate, fighting for a child’s every chance. In truth, it is likely that foster students will have no other person fighting for them, since a caseworker’s workload is overwhelming, and teachers may be too busy to reach out with information or may not have the necessary information about a child’s needs.  Below are a few do's and don'ts to make this a successful school year for your child.  

       Students in Out of Home Care

In the U.S. today, approximately 400,000 children and youth are in foster care at any given time and each year about 20,000 of these students emancipate (i.e., age out) of foster care. A positive PK-12 education experience has the potential to be a powerful counterweight to the abuse, neglect, separation, impermanence and other barriers these vulnerable students experience. Additionally, participation in and persistence to a postsecondary credential can enhance their well-being, help them make more successful transitions to adulthood, and increase their chances for personal fulfillment and economic self-sufficiency  Read More

The Office of Head Start (OHS) promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through local programs. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5

Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance

Are programs required to verify the incomes of families experiencing homelessness and of families of children in foster care?
No. Homeless children and children in foster care are categorically eligible for services regardless of income.

If a child is determined to be Head Start eligible because the child is in foster care and subsequent to enrolling the child, the child is reunited with his/her parents, can the child remain in Head Start as an income eligible child?
Yes. The child’s status at the time of recruitment is what determines the child’s Head Start eligibility. A foster child enrolled in Head Start should be considered as an income eligible child for two years.    Other Questions... 

If a foster child has been adopted prior to applying for Head Start is the child considered eligible?

If a family is receiving kinship care for the Head Start child, is the child automatically deemed income eligible for Head Start?

 Click here for more Headstart FAQ's
The Coalition of Adoptive Families parent and primary caregiver support group is a place to discuss the unique joys and challenges of adoptive parenting in a safe and secure environment.

August 19, 2015                         7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
September 29, 2015                    7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
October 27, 2015                        7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
November 24, 2015                     7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Old Worthington Library, 820 High St, Worthington, OH 43085 - OWL Meeting Room 
Upcoming Training opportunities from the Coalition     
Ideas in Shared Parenting
              By Dot Erickson-Anderson
Resource Parents Can Make a Difference in Graduation Rates: 

Research shows high school graduation rates are substantially lower for young people aging out of foster care than for the general population, with school changes and disruptions playing a major role. We also know that students lose about four to six months of educational progress each time they change schools.
Their energy becomes diverted and is not focused on the task of their education. Resource Parents work with the child and the child’s family to help the child bond to the school setting. Youth need to care about their school and care about their participation in it. One of the Resource Parent’s jobs is to help make education and school bonding a positive choice. Here are some suggestions of things you might do to improve on this statistic before a child arrives.     CLICK FOR SUGGESTIONS 

Be an effective Advocate You can Make a Difference

“In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends

~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


Rules Open For Comment

Rule Comments Open Until
Chapter 5101:2-42 Substitute Care.
Placement services for infants of incarcerated mothers.5101:2-42-60 09/10/2015 

For more details visit: Ohio Rule Review website

CCAI Foster Youth Internship Program Briefing - July 28, 2015


The annual Foster Youth Intern (FYI) report, published by the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, has emerged as the best injection of fresh thinking on federal child welfare policy.

Each year about twelve current and former foster youth spend the summer interning on Capitol Hill where they are empowered to convey what is important in their lives in the language best understood on Capitol Hill:  policy proposals. This year's policy recommendations include:

Quality of Foster Care for Older Youth
Mental Health Services
Improving Adoption Knowledge Base
View video  - Intern's policy recommendations at Congressional Briefing 
Read full Report HERE *Note... large pdf file
For more information on the Foster Youth Internship program Click HERE
Be informed. Be involved
Resources, Training & Articles

Upcoming Training
Registration Open for ODJFS Connecting the Dots Conference

For Foster Teens, Child Welfare, and Higher Ed Professionals

Fostering Pathways to Success: A Conference for Transitioning and Emancipated Foster Youth and Supporters

Thursday, September 24, 2015 - Columbus, Ohio,
This dynamic one-day conference will offer meaningful learning and networking opportunities for young adults ages 14 to 21 who are or were formerly in foster care. Workshops also will be offered for campus liaisons, college access professionals, workforce program professionals, foster parents and caseworkers. The conference will combine both the annual Ohio Reach Summit and the annual Connecting the Dots from Foster Care to Employment and Independent Living Conference to help improve social, educational and employment outcomes for young people in foster care.  Learn more and register!


4th Annual Conference  Kinship Conference
Sept. 19, 2015  - Columbus OH
Franklin County Children Services & Ohio Grandparent/Kinship Coalition
Special Guest Speaker Internationally Renowned Speaker & Author,      Dr. Joseph Crumbley  -  Click HERE for flyer 

30th PCSAO statewide conference
October 21-23, 2015, Columbus OH
Focused on the journey that our child welfare workers and the families/children they serve take together to keep children safe, build strong and supporting families, provide them with resources, and partner with communities to support the child protection mission.  Download the conference registration information and register online

12th Annual Wells Conference
March 10, 2016, Columbus OH
Family and Youth Law Center, in collaboration with Capital University Law Reviewk.  Each year the Wells Conference attracts professionals and academics who are pioneers and innovators in the fields of child welfare and adoption law.  -- More information coming soon!


I didn't realize I was being trafficked 
Salon - August 08, 2015
I didn't know it at the time, but I was being sexually exploited, just one of 320,000 children in Canada, U.S., and Mexico, who are part of the $32 billion global human-trafficking industry.

Senators Push to Keep Kids Out of Foster Care
Youth Today - August 06, 2015
The Family Stability and Kinship Care Act would change how states can use money provided under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. States would be able to pay for services such as family skills training or counseling, or concrete goods and services such as a washer or dryer that could help a child stay at home, return home or live with relatives. Amidst Reauthorization Discussion, Latest TANF Financial Data Released
CLASP - August 05, 2015

For the second consecutive year, combined spending declined on core activities -- basic cash assistance, child care (including funds transferred to the Child Care Development Block Grant or CCDBG), and work-related activities. While child care spending increased nationally by $120 million and work-related activities expenditures rose by $134.5 million, spending on basic assistance once again declined by $294.5 million, or 3 percent.

Nonprofit aims to combat negative stereotypes of foster kids
Deseret News - August 17, 2015

A nonprofit organization is working to alter negative stereotypes of children in foster care. Given the depressing rates of adoption from the foster-care system, the group has a lot of work to do.
Ohio Resource Families United for Advocacy, Education and Support

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