FosterClub is the national network for young people in foster care. Every two minutes, a child’s life changes as they enter the foster care system. Currently, there are over 513,000 young people in foster care across America. FosterClub is their club — a place to turn for advice, information, and hope. They offer free forms and resources for foster youth and caregivers, have a great question & answer page for foster care youth, and same great resources for grownups who want to get involved.
The Healthy Foster Care America (HFCA) Web site was developed as a place where foster parents, caregivers, professionals and organizations can find the latest information, facts, and figures on the health care of children and teens in foster care, including ready-to-usetools and resources. Resources include: Expert information on the health issues and needs of children and teens in foster care, customizable forms for health care professionals, links to www.HealthyChildren.org, and portal of resources for children and teens in care, parents (foster and birth) and kin.
Uninsured or underinsured? Need medical or dental care but can’t afford to pay for it? A call to Care Connections will help you find out if you qualify for health care programs such as Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. If you qualify to apply, Care Connections can help you with the application process or refer you for application assistance. Call: 877-405-FIND(3463) or 218-347-FIND (3463) from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM Monday through Friday, & 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday. Interpreters are available.
Each young person should have a caring adult who devotes time to helping them achieve their potential and discover their strengths. Although mentors are not meant to replace a parent, guardian or teacher, they can often echo the positive values parents and guardians should be teaching. Many youth in foster care are unable to identify a caring adult who supports their goals and dreams. If your client could benefit from a mentoring relationship, check out the list of awesome programs available in the Twin Cities! Or call our social worker, Rachel Ayoub, for help finding a program that fits your client’s needs.
County Foster Care Resources
- Hennepin County Foster Care
- Ramsey County Foster Care
- Anoka County Foster Care
- Washington County Foster Care
- Scott County Foster Care
- Carver County Foster Care
- Dakota County Foster Care
Resources for Child Advocates
New ABA Model Act Governing Child Representation in Abuse and Neglect Cases.The American Bar Association (ABA) House of Delegates has recently approved its Model Act Governing the Representation of Children in Abuse and Neglect Cases. The Model Act is a practical reference for attorneys representing children in foster care proceedings. Click HERE to Download
CLC publishes practice points for CLC Volunteer Attorneys and other child advocates who represent children in foster care. These practice points focus on pressing issues for foster care youth, including: placement, education, health, transitioning to adulthood, and many other legal matters pertaining to representing youth in foster care. If you are not currently a CLC Volunteer Attorney and would like to receive CLC’s Practice Point, it will be available as part of the CLC E-Newsletter, which you can sign up for in the newsletter box on the right side of your screen. Read more
Legal Services & Other Resources for Adults
CLC does NOT provide legal services for parents, foster parents or guardians, or provide legal services pertaining to divorce and divorce custody matters. Here are some other local agencies and legal aid organizations that may be able to help. CLICK HERE