Succeeding as a Foster Child: A Roadmap to Overcoming Obstacles and Achieving Success.
Written by a former foster child, this book reports the findings of research with 15 foster children in Kansas and draws on these findings to offer tips for success to current youth in foster care. Ten themes from the interviews are shared and include: participants were adamantly against re-integrating with their biological families, school was an escape for foster children before they entered foster care, foster parents served as an important positive mentor in the young individual’s life, foster children were confused and were not provided clear guidance when they were removed from their biological family, the participants would not be where they are today if they would not have been placed in foster care, the Kansas tuition waiver was instrumental to the participants’ success, participants felt that they were not notified of the education benefits until it was nearly too late, participants were perceived to have a chip on their shoulder due to the negative stigma of being a foster child and used the chip as motivation, participants felt that being socially active was instrumental to their success, and participants perceived that education was a key to attaining success in life. Chapters discuss the power of positive thought and the need for foster youth to embrace opportunities, seek out a positive mentor, beat the stigma, understand their benefits, use their education benefits, and become socially active. Useful websites for foster parent and children are listed.
Foster care; academic achievement; Foster children; Community based services; Community intervention projects; Community programs; Foster parent support groups; Postsecondary education