Did you know that there are groups and resources that exist specifically for foster youth? The information on the websites below provide critical connections for foster youth to help them network with other foster youth and share their experiences. Much of the information on the websites is also useful for foster parents and professionals to help them understand what it is like to be a foster child and what foster children want to know about their history, their time in foster care, and you.
- Education and paying for college – Resources to help pay for college. Available only to youth in foster care, Foster & Adoptive Care Coalition’s Education Advocates
- FosterClub – A national network for youth in foster care. A foster club for grown-ups is also available through FosterClub.
- FosterClub Transition Toolkit – TheToolkit is designed to help youth and adult supporters take inventory of current assets, identify the foster youth’s resources, and map out a plan for the challenges after foster care.
- Teen Central – Resources for teens. Totally Real. Totally Anonymous. Totally yours.
- Youth Communication – Short, nonfiction stories that appeal to hard-to-reach teens. Teachers and other adults use the stories and related lessons to help students improve their reading and writing skills, and improve the social and emotional skills that support school success.
- VStreet – Resources to help youth in transition.
- iFoster – Resources for foster families such as a discount program, online tools, forums, and more. The iFoster Discount Program provides financial relief and opportunities for growth and learning for those in foster care.
- Resource for Grieving Children & their Families – The Kids’ Clubhouse is a non-profit center for children, teens (ages 4 to18) and their families who are coping with the death of a loved one. There are eight sessions provided during both the Fall and Spring season. These sessions are designed to provide support and education to those experiencing grief.
- Legislative Advocacy – Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth
Fun, Educational Websites for Kids
- www.PBSKidsPlay.org – Educational site that entertains and teaches important lessons
- www.ReadytoLearnReading.org – Games to help develop reading skills
- www.Funbrain.com – Games to help build math and reading skills
- www.Brainpopjr.com – Website to helps kids learn on their own
- www.Starfall.com – Outstanding learn-to-read website to engage little ones
- www.gridclub.com – Award-winning educational website (subscription fee)
- www.ZiggityZoom.com – Cute storybook characters invite preschoolers to learn
- www.SesameStreet.org – Safe, educational place to play and learn