Tag: foster care

Financial assistance for education, housing, transportation available for those who are, have been in foster care

| September 7, 2021
Financial assistance for education, housing, transportation available for those who are, have been in foster care

If you are between the ages of 14 and 26 and are currently in foster care or have been in foster care between ages 14 and 21, you may be eligible for financial assistance to help with continuing your education, finding housing, getting transportation and more. In addition to DCS’s regular Extended Foster Care re-entry practices, there is an additional group of youth who are currently able to re-enter for a limited time.

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CASA of Coconino County seeking volunteers

| August 17, 2021
CASA of Coconino County seeking volunteers

CASA of Coconino County is seeking volunteers.

As a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), you can help ensure children in foster care get to enjoy childhood.

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Children’s Action Alliance — #ReleaseTheFunds: Make sure pandemic relief intended for foster youth gets to foster youth!

| May 25, 2021
Children’s Action Alliance — #ReleaseTheFunds: Make sure pandemic relief intended for foster youth gets to foster youth!

Young people who have aged out of foster care were at high risk for experiencing homelessness, unemployment, food instability, and other negative outcomes prior to the pandemic, and COVID-19 has heightened their vulnerability. Even as conditions begin to improve in Arizona, the recovery tail will be longer for these young people who do not have family to support them as they try to regroup, recoup, and reengage in school and work.   

The Department of Child Safety has almost $10.5M for pandemic relief for older and former foster youth. But, to date, DCS has distributed just $500,000 to young people.Slowed down by a cumbersome, individualized, needs-based process, DCS has had trouble getting the money out the door.   And for most young people, time is of the essence. Eligibility for the funds was expanded to include young people ages 21 through 26, but only until September 30th.   

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Roughly 113,000 Arizona kids would be eligible for universal preschool under President Biden’s ‘American Families Plan’. See more state education and legislative news here

| April 30, 2021
Roughly 113,000 Arizona kids would be eligible for universal preschool under President Biden’s ‘American Families Plan’. See more state education and legislative news here

Arizona preschool advocates say they are embracing President Joe Biden’s plan for “four more years of public education,”pointing to research that shows preschool is the path towards achievement.

Preschool programs like the one at Wood Elementary School in Tempe are solely funded by cities, like, in this case, the City of Tempe. A spokesperson for Tempe says so far, the City of Tempe has invested roughly $8.5 million into its early learning program.

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Summer School Is a Hot Idea Right Now. Could It Work? See more national education news here

| February 9, 2021
Summer School Is a Hot Idea Right Now. Could It Work? See more national education news here

The idea makes sense, so much so that at least two governors, a national union leader and President Biden are behind it: extend this school year into the summer to help students make up for some of the learning they lost during a year of mostly remote school.

By summer, more teachers will be vaccinated against the coronavirus. Transmission rates might be significantly lower. And it will be easier in warm weather for students and educators to spend time in the open air, which is safer than being indoors.

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How students give back to their communities for holidays. See more state education news here

| December 29, 2020
How students give back to their communities for holidays. See more state education news here

Whether taking part in online learning, hybrid instruction or in-person classes, students found ways to give back, share kindness and care for those deeply impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and related economic hardships this holiday season.

Here are some of the ways students, teachers and their schools found to give back to their communities during the holidays.

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Children’s Action Alliance — The Time is Now for Arizona to Reimagine an Equitable Child Welfare System that Supports Children within their Families and Communities

| September 22, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — The Time is Now for Arizona to Reimagine an Equitable Child Welfare System that Supports Children within their Families and Communities

The disproportionate impact of COVID-19 and the current manifestations of the nation’s troubled history of systemic racism has sparked outcries to not just reform, but to reimagine the criminal justice, health care, and education systems. Those same calls are also being heard in the child welfare community. These efforts center around supporting children within their families and communities to prevent child maltreatment as well as the compounding trauma and negative outcomes that stem from family separation when a child enters foster care.  

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Schools chief issues ‘roadmap’ to reopen classrooms. See more state education news here

| June 2, 2020
Schools chief issues ‘roadmap’ to reopen classrooms. See more state education news here

The state’s top education official wants schools to plan for reopening even as she concedes she doesn’t know how much money they will have — and that it’s virtually impossible to guarantee a risk-free environment.

In a 41-page “roadmap” released Monday (June 1), Superintendent of Public Instruction Kathy Hoffman provided a series of options for local school board members to consider as they figure out what’s the best course of action going forward for 1.1 million youngsters in more than 2,000 school buildings.

Among the proposals worked out with education, community and health officials:

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United Way of Northern Arizona — Catholic Charities Says ‘Thanks’ for COVID-19 Funds

| April 28, 2020
United Way of Northern Arizona — Catholic Charities Says ‘Thanks’ for COVID-19 Funds

In case you missed it, Catholic Charities, the nonprofit recently named Flagstaff’s “Organization of the Year,” wanted to share a message with those of you who have given to the United Way of Northern Arizona COVID-19 Fund:

“Thank you.”

UWNA recently awarded $15,000 to the nonprofit to help it continue its mission of “helping our community’s most vulnerable with solutions that permanently improve lives.”

Here’s a small list of what Catholic Charities provides every day to assist families and children in northern Arizona:
Recruiting and supporting families providing foster care for children. This is a particularly crucial need; in Arizona, it’s estimated there is only one licensed foster family for every four children who need care.
Programs that keep families together and prevent child abuse by helping families identify and make changes to promote safety, health and stability in the home. …

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Children’s Action Alliance — Resources for Young People with Experience in Foster Care

| March 31, 2020
Children’s Action Alliance — Resources for Young People with Experience in Foster Care

COVID-19 is dramatically disrupting all of our lives, including the lives of over 14,000 children and youth in foster care in Arizona. Many of these young people were already struggling to find a sense of normalcy when COVID-19 pulled the rug out from underneath them again.

As our policymakers both in Washington, D.C. and here in Arizona respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak, Children’s Action Alliance is advocating to ensure that the needs of current and former foster youth are addressed.

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