This booklet was developed to provide educators with basic information about
adoption-related issues and the effect these issues might have on students,
as well as suggestions on how educators can assist and advocate for students
who are adopted.
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.
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.
Step by Step: College Awareness and Planning for Families, Counselors and Communities supports students and families
as they begin to explore and consider postsecondary options.
Read on to learn more about 25 excellent scholarship opportunities specifically for children who have been adopted from foster care.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Region 1 – Buffalo: Extensive list of camps in Western NY. Site also includes information about many free summer events and activities.
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.
To provide scholarships, mentoring and leadership training for select foster care and orphaned students…raising up leaders of influence.
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.
The New Yorkers For Children (NYFC) Guardian Scholars program is a comprehensive program for youth in foster care who are enrolled at Hunter College, John Jay College, City College, or Kingsborough Community College.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Help with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to apply for financial aid at multiple colleges and from multiple funding sources (federal, state, institutional and private providers of assistance).
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.
Help complete your Application for Federal Student Aid with answers to questions on the FAFSA that may cause difficulty for wards of the court or foster youth.
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.
The New York Education and Training Voucher Program is a federally-funded, state-administered program designed to help youth who were in U.S. 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.
Schools can support adopted children and children in foster care by providing a sensitive and tolerant environment in which adoption, multiracial and diverse families, and various family configurations are positively reflected in the classroom.
The 14 Special Education Parent Centers provide special education information; referrals, individual evaluations, individualized program development, and transition planning and resources.
This document is designed to be a conduit for the voices of teachers who have struggled to help foster children succeed in school — so that they can share what they have learned with other teachers, whether they are novice or veteran.
The intent of New York’s PJ’s Law is to provide students with disabilities with an appropriate transportation experience.
The Office of Special Education provides assistance to parents, advocacy groups, and schools related to services and programs for students with disabilities.
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.
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.
This booklet was developed to provide educators with basic information about adoption-related issues and the effect these issues might have on students, as well as suggestions on how educators can assist and advocate for students who are adopted.
The guide describes the continuum of services and supports available to school-age students with IEPs. It also contains other information that will help you collaborate with your child’s teachers and school.
“Special Education in Plain Language” provides information for parents and families about laws, regulations, and policies affecting special education programs and services.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.