Education

From requests for baby pictures to the ubiquitous Family Tree assignment adopted children and their families face challenges and embarrassment in the classroom. FAIR (Families Adopting in Response) now offers help for parents and teachers. Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers is a complete guide to understanding the dilemmas faced by adopted children in the school setting.

Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers

From requests for baby pictures to the ubiquitous Family Tree assignment adopted children and their families face challenges and embarrassment in the classroom. FAIR (Families Adopting in Response) now offers help for parents and teachers. Adoption and the Schools: Resources for Parents and Teachers is a complete guide to understanding the dilemmas faced by adopted children in the school setting.

adoption awareness curriculum

Adoption 101: Adoption Awareness Curriculum

This adoption awareness curriculum has been designed to help adoptive
parent group leaders and others train child welfare, medical, legal, education, and mental health professionals, and other community members to be more responsive to the needs of adopted children and to work more effectively with their families.

Don’t assume that your child’s teacher understands the effects of institutionalization, abuse, neglect, extended foster care or any other issues that relate to some adopted children.

Talking with Teachers About Adoption

If your child is struggling with attachment or still working on skill development in the areas of impulse control, self regulation, or cause and effect thinking traditional behavior modification models often used in schools will likely be challenging for them to navigate. Discussing this with your child’s teacher will help the teacher to understand your child’s needs and plan accordingly.

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CUNY Start-ASAP Foster Care Initiative

Through a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, youth in foster care who are part of the CUNY Start-ASAP Initiative are eligible for enhanced services and financial support including CUNY application fee waiver, tuition assistance, and other financial supports.

Camp to Belong

Camp To Belong New York reunites siblings separated by foster care for a week of camp in Lake George allowing siblings to connect and bond with each other through various camp activities making for a memorable week.

Genesee Valley Rotary Camp (GVRC)

Region 1 – Buffalo: Genesee Valley Rotary Camp (GVRC), is a one week summer camp for young people (ages 8 – 21) with various disabilities serving children and young adults from four surrounding counties- Livingston, Steuben, Wyoming, and Allegany.

Cradle Beach's Residential Summer Enrichment Program, better known as "Summer Camp," serves the needs of children with special needs and children from low-income families from Western New York and beyond. We provide a healthy environment and organized activities to promote socialization, independence, and decision making in an atmosphere of love and acceptance.

Cradle Beach’s Summer Camp Program

Region 1 – Buffalo; Cradle Beach’s Residential Summer Enrichment Program, better known as “Summer Camp,” serves the needs of children with special needs and children from low-income families from Western New York.

College Scholarships for Adoptees

More College Scholarships for Adoptees

Many of these scholarships cover tuition cost, living expenses, care packages, and online mentorship. These scholarships are available to first-time college students and adoptees that are currently enrolled in college. Please read the guidelines to each scholarship for details.

Camp Haccamo

Camp Haccamo

Region 2 – Rochester; Camp Haccamo has been an intregal part of the greater upstate NY community, offering a free, safe and most importantly fun social camping opportunity for the disabled.

Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo – Extensive list of camps in Western NY. Site also includes information about many free summer events and activities.

Fun 4 Kids in Buffalo

Region 1 – Buffalo: Extensive list of camps in Western NY. Site also includes information about many free summer events and activities.

National Voice of Foster Parents Youth Scholarship

National Voice of Foster Parents ( NFPA) Youth Scholarship

The National Foster Parent Association offers scholarships to NFPA members whose birth, foster and US adopted youth wish to further their education beyond high school, including college or university studies, vocational/technical school or junior college.

Horatio Alger NY Scholarship Program

Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs

As one of the nation’s largest need-based college scholarship programs in the country, the Horatio Alger Scholarship Programs specifically assist high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives.

HOMELESS YOUTH AND HIGHER EDUCATION

Resources, Programs and Awareness for College Students in Need

Unaccompanied homeless youth (UHY), individuals who do not have “fixed, regular and adequate” housing and who are “not in the physical custody of a parent or adult.” have aspirations to attend college, yet lack the support and awareness of resources needed to move their dreams into reality.

College Scholarships For Minority Students

College Scholarships for Minority Students

Helping minority students look for and land scholarships through resources and expert advice and discussing, in detail, minority scholarships, grants and other financial aid available to African-American, Hispanic, Asian American, Native American, LGBT and female students.

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New York City College Line

NYC College Line will help you stay organized from exploration to graduation. The site was created by Graduate NYC!, CUNY, NYC DOE, and Goddard Riverside.

Scholarships Available For Black Students

Scholarships Available For Black Students

This web site was designed to help African American students find the latest scholarships and grants that are being given away by non-profit organizations, government agencies and major corporations.

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Foster Care to Success Scholarships

All Foster Care to Success scholarships share one application; we will determine the program(s) for which you are eligible based on the information you provide.

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The Scholarship Coach

The Scholarship Coach is a blog run by Scholarship America on U.S. News and World Report’s website for the purpose of educating students and parents about
scholarships; addressing common scholarship questions, as well as featuring special scholarships and dispensing valuable advice students should use to make their applications stand out.

Fostering A Future Scholarship

Fostering A Future: Scholarships for Children Adopted from Foster Care

The Fostering A Future Scholarship, sponsored by Children’s Action Network and The Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, is a national scholarship program designed to provide youth who were adopted from foster care at or after the age of 13 with financial assistance in pursuing a college, vocational, or technical education.

New York State Special Education Parent Centers

New York State Special Education Parent Centers

The 14 Special Education Parent Centers provide special education information; referrals, individual evaluations, individualized program development, and transition planning and resources.

One Place for Special Needs

One Place for Special Needs

Back to school guide for special needs families: Plan for your child’s school year now with articles for parents, teacher resources, visual supports, social stories, school rules and more.

Adoption and School Issues

Adoption and School Issues

A fact sheet for adoptive families helping you to understand how adoption affects children and how that can affect their learning and behavior in school.

Special Education in Plain Language

Special Education in Plain Language

“Special Education in Plain Language” provides information for parents and families about laws, regulations, and policies affecting special education programs and services.

A Parents Guide to College

A Parent’s Guide to College

The guide addresses all aspects of college preparation from making the most of high school to  financing your child’s education. Make use of this guide to examine your student’s educational options.

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Talking with Teachers

It also takes teachers time to get to know each family’s child and to understand their unique needs and individual learning styles. In the case of the adoptive family this time of year can present even more than the typical challenges.

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Young Adults Leaving Home

One of the chief emotional issues adoptees face throughout their lives is learning how to cope effectively with the feelings that are associated with separation and loss. Leaving home is the ultimate separation, and not only has its own complicated challenges, but can trigger all of the feelings the adoptee may have about their own separation from the birth family and subsequent separations from foster families.

Youth Success NYC – A Resource for Youth in Care and After Care

In the foster care system in New York, everyone ages out at 21, whether he or she likes it or not. No more nursing from the system, no more free room and board, and no more depending on others to make your life easier! It’s time to spread your wings and leave the nest. Time to go out and earn yourself a decent living.”

African-American Grants

OEDb; African-American Grants

African American students may be eligible for federal, state, and privately funded education through need and merit based grants for post-secondary education, including those specific to women, men, or for students pursuing a specific field of study, such as engineering or science.