We are proud to be able to connect resource parents (foster parents) to Saving Innocence which is an established, informed, and impactful organization that dedicates itself to helping our most vulnerable youth.
Saving Innocence Foster Family Agency supports commercially sexually exploited children, youth (CSECY) and families, providing them with a range of services to ensure that each child and family has the opportunity to grow and develop within a safe, healthy, and secure environment.
Specialized training includes CSEC 101, Trauma-Informed Caregiving, Harm Reduction, Safety Planning, Empowerment skills and resources that focus on healing for optimum growth and development.
When children are recovering from exploitation, these young people need to live with adults who have:
The Ability to:
The RESOURCES to:
The WILLINGNESS to:
Supporting youth in their healthy sexual development means ensuring the adults in their lives are empowered with what they need to provide effective support. Caregivers need resources that help them support youth through their sexual health journeys–and allow them to feel good about themselves while doing so. Traditional training doesn’t always go far enough or fit caregivers’ complicated, busy lives. This podcast was derived from a multitude of caregivers who gave their insight on relevant topics, episode structure, tangible resources, and effective communication strategies.
Created to meet your needs, Fostering Parenthood is the newest podcast to support your foster care journey.
This podcast was brought to you by the Reproductive Health Equity Project for Foster Youth (RHEP), the National Center for Youth Law (NCYL), and Fostering UNITY.
Fostering Parenthood is fully supported by grant number 1 TP2AH000066-01-00 from the HHS Office of Population Affairs. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the Office of Population Affairs.
The LA County DCFS PST Team works very closely with children between ages 10-19 years old, who are considered higher-need placements with their complex behavioral needs.
This program increases the services available to caregivers/kinship parents with their partnership with Fostering UNITY. With the PST Program, caregivers would have:
Care Portal brings the needs of children and families in your community to the attention of local churches, giving them the opportunity to respond and meet the need. Through a partnership with the CarePortal, Fostering UNITY CSS staff can assist with registering the specific caregiver need into the CarePortal system and giving the community an opportunity to respond.
The LA County DCFS, Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services, and Fostering UNITY have joined together to create a pilot program to eliminate the need for group-setting Shelter Care. With the Therapeutic Shelter Home (TSH) pilot program, youth will be temporarily placed in individual foster homes focused on healing and resiliency skills. Caregivers will be automatically compensated each month with a specialized rate and each designated TSH will be uniquely supported by Fostering UNITY through specialized support groups, mentoring and educational training. Once a child is placed in the home, the Therapeutic Shelter Home Support Team will be immediately activated by Optimist Youth Homes and Family Services.
This unique collaborative real-time model of care will provide 24 hours a day, seven days a week of intensive family support that is available at the ready, for any needs involving the youth. The team will help
with school enrollment if needed, transportation, respite for the caregiver, issues surrounding the JV220 & medications, and any other necessary tasks to ensure the family's wellness and success.
Fostering UNITY and FKCE have partnered to offer enhanced caregiver training and support. Our CARE Service Specialists (CSS) provide follow-up support for RFA parents attending FKCE courses. Resource Parents who are identified as needing additional resources and education will receive on-going CSS support.
Fostering UNITY provides post-FURS Urgent Response, by providing the peer mentoring support for aftercare and prevention services for youth, foster families, birth families, and kinship, including free Mental Health services for caregivers/kinship &/or youth thru our partnership with Harbor UCLA Medical Center’s Trauma Recovery Center.
Fostering UNITY and CA Foster Youth Initiative have partnered to offer the AmeriCorps Youth Mentor Program. This collaboration offers independent life skills mentoring, financial literacy training, tutoring, and academic success support.
Fostering UNITY and Harbor UCLA Trauma Recovery Center have partnered to offer free parent support and education, trauma-informed training, and mental health services to Resource Families. These services are provided by Mental Health Clinicians and followed up by on-going support from Fostering UNITY’s CSS team.
The Brain & Body Lab at UCLA is a developmental psychology research lab that studies how early experiences with their caregivers influence children’s mental and physical wellbeing. They work with families of children and teens aged 6-18 years who have experienced a range of caregiving, including those who have been in foster care, have been adopted, and those who have always been with their birth/first family. The lab aims to use the information gained from their research to create better services and provisions for young people who are struggling with their physical and mental health. If you would like to participate in their research you may contact the friendly staff: (310) 909-7083 or visit their website: https://brainandbodylab.psych.ucla.edu/
(all information is courtesy of the Brain & Body Lab website)
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