Summit County
Foster Parent Association
  1. Foster Parent Opportunities
    **Upcoming Foster Parent Association Events** All meetings: 6 p.m. at Lighthouse Christian Fellowship 315 Graham Road, Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44223, unless otherwise noted. Saturday August 19 - Summer Picnic Monday September 18 - Kids Capes of Courage Monday October 16 - Independent Living for youth aging out of care Monday November 20 - IEP/504 and other academic supports December 18 - Make it Take it

August 19 will be our second annual summer picnic. If you are intersted in donating please call our office.

Monday , September18, 2017.  Topic:  Kida Capes for Courage.  A non-profit organization located in Akron, Ohio, Kids Capes of Courage was started by Debby Rowland, Monica Moyer, and several friends. They sew one-of-a-kind capes for sick and special needs children to give them extra courage when it is needed most. This effort will provide the opportunity to sew capes for our foster children or any other child. Supplies will be provided. We will need to know how many are participating and how many capes you would like to make.

Monday , October 16, 2017.  Topic:  Independent Living for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care.  So what is the process for preparing teens to exit agency custody and move from your foster home?  When can they get a driver’s license?  Where can they live?  How soon can they get a job? How does graduation from high school impact it? How can they afford health care? Where do they get start up furniture and other home supplies to be on their own?  How much should I help them out after moving out?  These are just a few questions that come up with this process of preparing a youth for aging out of foster care. Those of you who foster teens can gain share some experiences, while others will gain new insights into this process which could impact many kids in our homes today.

Monday, November 20, 2017.  Individualized Education Plan (IEP) and Other Academic Supports. The kid I have is failing everything.  What can I do to help ensure a successful academic standing in school? I have a kid who has anger issues and won’t cooperate with any teacher. How can I help him past that? I have a kid who get assignments and loses them before turning them in. Is there a way to ensure the assignments get to their destination?  While some of you may have young children, eligibility for special services in our school systems can start as early as kindergarten.  We as foster parents sometimes don’t recognize there is a problem until well into the school year that there is an issue and the child may be eligible for these services.  Come listen to some specialists from local schools explain a process that can help you to get help for these children early in their stay with you and perhaps lead them to a successful education.

Monday, December 18, 2017 Topic: “Make It and Take It”. Bring your foster kids, adopted kids and your birth kids along with your creative minds to this unique event to create arts and crafts for those special people. Be it holiday decorations, unique artwork, fun jewelry or whatever you can think of. Use the time to chat and enjoy the company of others who all do what we do – parent children in foster care! Reservations are required to be sure we have enough of and the right kinds of supplies. Supplies will be provided. Interested families please contact the email address or call the office and include the age and gender of the children participating.

Mission Statement
To provide advocacy, safety and permanency to the abused and neglected children of Summit County through a positive partnership between foster parents and Summit County Children Services.
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