November 2018, Issue 8
Every Student Succeeds Act
On December 10, 2015 the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law. The law is meant to uphold critical protections for disadvantaged and high-needs students. It ensures that vital information is provided to educators, families, students, and communities through statewide assessments that measure progress toward higher standards. Additionally, this law requires that children in foster care remain in their school of origin, unless it is determined not to be in their best interest. If transportation is required to keep children in their school of origin, the school will collaborate with the child welfare agency to provide said transportation. Please see the graphic below for more information.
Helping Kids in Care with Holiday Stress
With the holidays quickly approaching it is important to recognize the additional stress this time of year brings to our families. The excitement, anxiety, and anticipation of holiday activities will impact the behaviors of our children in foster care. Additionally, this time of year can trigger grieving the loss of being with their families. Here are some tips for helping children in foster care through the holiday season:
• Communicate - Children need to know what to expect. Let them know the plan and the expectations you have of them.
• Validate their emotions - Let the children know that whatever they may be feeling is okay and you understand.
• Give them space - During the holidays families are more likely to gather. That can be overwhelming for children in foster care. Allow them the space to take it all in. If they want to spend some time in their room, let them know in advance that it is fine to do so.
• Incorporate their traditions - Have the child pick some of their favorite traditions, customs, or memories and include those into your holiday plans.
For more tips on helping children in foster care through the holidays, please follow the link below to the guide created by FosterClub.com
National Adoption Day
National Adoption Day is a collective national effort to raise awareness of the children waiting in foster care for permanent families. In 2017, 261 children were adopted in Maricopa county. This year it is anticipated that 175 children will be adopted. The event is open to the public. Anyone interested in learning about adoption or foster care is encouraged to attend for more information.
When: Saturday, November 17, 2018 from 9 am to 3 pm
Where: Durango Juvenile Court Center
3131 West Durango Street, Phoenix, Arizona
The Giving Tree
DCS’ Giving Tree program provides a personalized way to give holiday gifts to children in foster care, similar to Salvation Army’s Christmas Angel program. DCS provides a large plastic Giving Tree poster (for hanging) with removable leaves. Each leaf contains a child's name, age, gender, sizes, and wish list items. Participants select a leaf from the tree, and purchase gifts for that child. We are requesting that organizations commit to buying gifts for at least 20 children.
If your business or organization is interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org NO LATER THAN Wednesday, October 31,2018. Thank you!
Special Education Advocacy Workshop
Understanding Trauma Training
Working with Traumatized Children-Northern AZ
Warmline Supports Kinship and Foster Families
The Foster Parent Warmline is available for kinship families and licensed foster parents. While not an emergency number, Warmline staff can assist with information, authorizations for services, timely communication, and support. It is not intended to discourage or replace direct and regular communication between the DCS Specialist and the out-of-home caregiver. You can reach the Warmline by calling 1-877-KIDSNEEDU (1-877-543-7633) and selecting Option 3. Warmline staff are available during business hours. Callers also have the option of leaving a voice message.