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Foster Care Alumni of America
Aims to connect the alumni community and to transform policy and practice, ensuring opportunity for people in and from foster care.
Foster Care to Success
Non-profit organization that provides scholarships, grants, living stipends, mentoring, and academic coaches for youth in foster care heading to college. Serves 3,500 people annually.
National Alliance on Mental Illness
Provides information about mental illnesses, links to state chapters, information about conferences, and links to additional resources.
Utah Chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness; provides advocacy and information about mental illnesses.
National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
This nonprofit organization provides a wealth of information and links to local resources and summer camps for children with FASDs.
Utah Fetal Alcohol Coalition
The UFAC is a coalition of several community groups, state agencies, and families that provide training, outreach, and a support group for families and professionals.
Children in Foster Care (How Kids Develop)
Information for parents and professionals about how to identify healthy development, typical reactions and adjustment issues for children in foster care, and when to be alert that a problem needs further investigation and intervention; developed by the First 5 Commission of San Diego.
Time for Reform: Aging Out and On Their Own
Challenges of adolescents aging out of foster care systems with no permanent home or support; Pew Charitable Trusts.
Time for Reform: Preventing Youth From Aging Out On Their Own
Recommendations for policy-level changes to enhance the success of those transitioning out of foster care; Pew Charitable Trusts.
Improving Outcomes for Youth Transitioning out of Foster Care ( 2.7 MB)
Suggestions for how to improve outcomes for youth transitioning out of foster care.
Helping Youth Transition to Adulthood: Guidance for Foster Parents ( 680 KB)
Discusses the critical role of foster parents, laws, and programs supporting transitioning youth.
Healthy Foster Care America (AAP)
Resources for children and teens in foster care and foster parents; American Academy of Pediatrics.
National Foster Care & Adoption Directory Search
The National Foster Care & Adoption Directory (formerly the National Adoption Directory) offers adoption and post-adoption resources by state.
Parent Education Materials for Post-Trauma Children
Tips, questions, and answers for things parents can do to help their child after a trauma; from the Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
FosterClub is a national network for youth in foster care. This site has excellent resources for youth in foster care, including: entering foster care; message board; topical information about things like foster families, court, your caseworker and the agency, school, friends and relationships, health, and leaving foster care; and state-by-state information and resources.
The Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (CDC)
One of the largest investigations ever conducted to assess associations between childhood maltreatment and later-life health and well-being; Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Fostering Healthy Children Program
A program of the Utah Department of Health that works to ensure ongoing health, dental and mental health care needs are provided for children in DCFS custody in Utah.
MotherToBaby, a service of the non-profit Organization of Teratology Information Specialists, is dedicated to providing evidence-based information to mothers, health care professionals, and the general public about medications and other exposures during pregnancy and while breastfeeding.
SEEK Parent Handouts
Information for parents about depression, substance abuse, discipline, stress, intimate partner violence, and food insecurity. Includes lists of national hotlines and other resources. Customizable space to include local resources; University of Maryland School of Medicine.
Four Steps to Reframing Worksheet ( 94 KB)
A tool for children that helps breakdown problems into smaller steps. Adapted from the Surviving Cancer Competently Intervention Program – Newly Diagnosed (SCCIP-ND) manual; site developed by The Center for Pediatric Traumatic Stress and The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia.
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|Compiled and edited by:||Alfred Romeo, RN, PhD - 11/2015|
|Content Last Updated:||11/2015|
Felitti VJ, Anda RF, Nordenberg D, Williamson DF, Spitz AM, Edwards V, Koss MP, Marks JS.
Relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults. The Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE) Study.
Am J Prev Med. 1998;14(4):245-58. PubMed abstract
Describes the relationship between the breadth of exposure to abuse or household dysfunction during childhood and multiple risk factors for several of the leading causes of death in adults.