RHEP Foster Youth

Fostering Parenthood

Episode 5: Help me to help you: Resources for caregivers

Featuring Theresa

Foster youth come with lawyers, advocates, social workers, and more. Becoming a caregiver includes a lot of helpful resources but what good are they if you don’t know how to use them? Our guest Theresa Reed, a former foster youth and an educator for new foster parents and caregivers, helps explain some of the most helpful resources and how to utilize them.

Dorothy Daniels Hi, I’m Dorothy Daniels, I’m a pediatric nurse, a sexual health educator, a mom of 12, and a foster parent just like you. When I became a foster parent, I realized that caregivers oftentimes got overlooked with support, resources, and help during this journey because most things focused on the kids. Fostering Parenthood is that support for caregivers.

Theresa Reed is a former foster youth, FKCE Program Director, and Author of It’s Not Drama, It’s Trauma

Fostering Parenthood is a podcast by caregivers for caregivers promoting the healthy sexual development of foster youth, brought to you by the National Center for Youth Law and the Reproductive Health Equity Project. The laws and policies discussed in our show are specific to LA County and California. However, any out-of-state or international listeners should check the regulations specific to their state or country.

Episode Resources

  • Buy Theresa’s Reed book It’s Not Drama, It’s Trauma here
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  • The California Community Colleges has a program called Foster & Kinship Care Education Program (FKCE), view the program here.
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  • Information on Family Urgent Response System (FURS) is here
  • The phone number is (833) 939-387
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  • View the Foster Care Unit in the Department of Mental Health in LA County here
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  • Learn more about Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children and Youth (CSECY) here
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  • Visit CASA of Los Angeles’s website here
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  • Visit Simple Friends’ website here 
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  • Visit Alliance for Children’s Rights website here
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  • Visit AdvoKids, website here
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  • Visit Fostering Unity’s website here
  • Fostering Unity’s caregiver care line is: (213) 269-0000 
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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.

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