California Los Angeles County collaborative the Transition-Age Youth World of Work (TAYWOW) curriculum is designed to help foster youth gain a solid foothold in the workforce. This curriculum provides training for youth to help them to manage interpersonal issues on the job, as well as how to create a resume and prepare for an interview. Training is provided by facilitators in a group setting with support staff available to help youth maintain employment and housing. Job-training is also an important aspect of the program by providing hands on experience and paid internships.
US - The Trump administration is proposing a ruling to allow adoption agencies to deny LGBTQ families the right to adopt based on religious grounds, and this may also apply to other programs that receive federal grants. This ruling is reversal of a decision by the Obama administration prohibiting agencies from receiving federal grants form discriminating by protecting LGBT adoption rights. A larger percentage of same-sex couples are likely to raise adopted children with children doing just as well with LGBTQ families are they do with other types of families.
West Virginia nonprofit, Stepping Stones, is putting together a program using the Green Bronx Machine curriculum. Stepping Stones is a residential treatment facility for young men who are in the foster care system. The facility also provides support for independent living for those aging out of the foster care system and support for community college or vocational school. The Green Bronx Machine is supported by the West Virginia Department of Education and the program ultimately provides agricultural certification for its students.
CALL FOR ACTION from Voice for Adoption - The latest Voice for Adoption advocacy updates can be found here.
Aderholt Amendment update from the Human Rights Campaign Foundation can be found here.