Children of foster parents often come from families in crisis, so adults thinking of becoming foster parents must research this choice carefully. This Web guide can help you decide whether you’re ready to be a foster parent, find support resources, and if you are (or were) in the foster care system as a youth, connect you with others who have had similar experiences.
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A multitude of online support groups and educational resources exist to help foster kids live successful lives. The Web sites below recommend online communities specifically for foster children, as well as scholarships and educational opportunities.
has a FormerOrphan/FosterChildrenSupportGroup that offers foster care stories and message boards for former foster care children. Both private and general message boards are available.
is a dynamic online community for foster care youth and adults looking for help being independent, connecting with fellow foster kids and obtaining information about their rights as members of the foster care system.
For stories and inspiration …
provides a means for children ages 13 and up to learn about foster and adoptive kids in similar situations. Read personal stories or learn how to form an Elevate chapter near you.
The Original Foster Care Survival Guide
was written by an adult who spent several years in foster care. Check the “Chapters” section to read about moving successfully into adulthood, determining the path you’ll take and more.
National Network for Youth (nn4y)
provides resources to homeless foster children. Check the “Youth Voices” page to read stories of kids and young adults who have benefited from nn4y’s program, and see the “Crisis” page for resources that can offer immediate help.
is a support group for former foster children. Use the resources provided on the site to learn how to start your own support group.
For educational resources …
National Foster Parent Association
(NFPA) describes some of the scholarship opportunities available to foster children, and offers pointers on helping kids improve their scholarship applications.
Orphan Foundation of America
(OFA) aims to help children who “age out” of the foster care system continue with their education and become active members of society. Learn about the educational programs available, or seek inspiration from other foster children.
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