2008 Annual Report
2008 was a busy year for Mission Focused Solutions. Read our work to create effective budget-neutral funding strategies for Youth Permanency Services, participation in the Transforming ILP Breakthrough Series Collaborative, national and statewide recognition and more.
A Caregivers’ Guide To Helping Youth Develop Independent Living Skills
Traditionally services to prepare foster youth for adulthood have been relegated to Independent Living Programs. These programs, whether provided by a county social service department or by a private contractor have assumed that the youth will not have a committed parent to prepare them for successful adulthood, nor continue to provide the lifelong support available to children growing up in their families of origin. California’s Breakthrough Series Collaborative (BSC) on Transforming Independent Living Services is bridging that gap by offering a platform on which to integrate the previously separate independent living service areas of permanency, education and employment.
The BSC on ILP has identified education and employment resources to which every caregiver and youth should have access. This document has been prepared for individuals, families and organizations. They are encouraged to explore these resources themselves, discover their power, then share them with their youth and families, and incorporate them into staff and caregiver training. The guide is best used directly from the computer and is full of links to great interactive sites that engage and inform the youth.
NACAC Adoptalk – Reinvestment: Raising Permanency Rates during Fiscal Crises
Times of fiscal crisis call for fundamental budget reform. Investing in permanent families for children and youth in foster care is not only good for the children but creates huge savings to the government funders. Read how Sacramento County is thinking out-of-the-box and out-of-the-silo to save money while keeping the promise of permanence.
Schools Role in Permanency
This article gives a workable definition of permanence and explores the role schools can play to help make it a reality for their students who are in foster care.
Finding the Courage to Uncloak The Unconscious
Gail Johnson Vaughan offers her perspective on the Jack Wood interview. She uses a classic story, self-disclosure and a personal anecdote to illustrate the unconscious processes that are always at work. Readers get to view the impact of covert private imperatives and appreciate the opportunities that come with such recognition and choice.