Facebook Page Partnership with Florida Reach

Positive Pathways partners with the Florida Reach network to publicize events and connect members through the active and exciting Florida Reach Facebook group page, which is coordinated by Cheryl Kerr, a long-time member who is leading the Positive Pathways-related work in St. Petersburg College. Check out the Facebook group page and join! https://www.positivepathwaysflorida.org/

Useful Links


Positive Pathways Training

Creating a Campus Network of Support for Students from Foster Care and Related Populations - November Training

Educate Tomorrow @ Miami Dade College - January Training - A Step by Step Guide to Serving Students on Campus from Foster Care

Florida Organizations


Florida’s Independent Living Resource Center https://www.danielkids.org/our-programs/floridas-i-l-resource-center serves as an information clearinghouse to address all areas of Independent Living Services

Community-Based Care (CBC) Lead Agency Independent Living Contacts - Florida’s Child Welfare System is comprised of CBC Lead Agencies which combines the outsourcing of foster care and Independent Living services. This design provides community ownership over the programs and services designed to help older foster youth and young adults who have spent time in Florida’s System of Care.

Florida's Children First works to ensure that each child in care or in an at-risk situation will have a voice that is heard when decisions are made.  FCF uses legislative and policy advocacy, executive branch education and advocacy, training and technical assistance to lawyers and Guardians ad Litem representing children, public awareness, and filing of amicus briefs as strategies to improve child serving systems.

Employ Florida Marketplace, is Florida's official online portal to virtual job-matching services and many other workforce resources. This tool was created through partnership between government and the private sector, to respond to workforce needs in our state. If you are seeking a job, you may create and post your resume, search thousands of openings in any or all of our 67 counties and access other career-development tools.

Florida College System Strategic Plan: The Florida College System’s 28 institutions serve individuals, communities, and the state with low cost, high quality education opportunities. This plan describes the system's four goals.

Florida College System Annual Report on Students Receiving DCF Tuition Exemption: This report, published in October of 2018, includes data on the number of students using the exemption and the number receiving financial aid.

Florida Coalition for Children: The mission of the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) is to advocate on behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected, and at-risk children, and to support the agencies and individuals who work on their behalf.

National Organizations

Family and Youth Services Bureau, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. ACF programs aims, among other things, to empower individuals to increase their own economic independence and productivity.

National Independent Living Association

Foster Club is the national network for young people in foster care. The organization’s mission is to lead the efforts of young people in and from foster care to become connected, educated, inspired and represented so they can realize their personal potential and contribute to a better life for their peers. It includes three mini-sites, serving children, teens and adults. Fosterclub.com includes articles, contests, message boards for youth.

Make Your Voice Heard: A Guide to Dependency Court is a video for youth ages 12 to 18 that explains what happens in dependency court.

On the Strengthening Youth Partnership Web site, you can learn more about who you are, what you want to do and how to get there. If you are between 10 and 24 years old, take a look inside. It’s fun and the links will help you get started on building your future. MyFloridaYouth.com has lots of resources to help you learn about your strengths, interesting careers, opportunities and training and getting into a technical school or college.

Youth Communication helps teenagers develop their reading and writing skills so they can acquire the information they need to make thoughtful choices about their lives. YC does that by training teens in journalism and related skills; publishing magazines, books and other materials written and illustrated by young people; encouraging teens and the adults who work with them to use our publications to stimulate reading, writing, discussion, and reflection.


Local Support Programs

Campus support programs that are specifically designed for foster youth can be a great resource while attending college.  The range of services provided by these programs varies considerably and can include personal and academic counseling, financial assistance, housing, mentoring and much more.  The most accurate information about each program can be gained by directly contacting the program to learn more about what their program offers. In addition, programs to support the educational needs of students challenged by social and economic barriers, known as Student Support Services, are available at every public college and university.

K-12 Programs for Foster Youth