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Things People Never Told Me: Aging Out of Foster Care

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When foster care students transition out there is a lot of things people never told them.  Transitioning out of foster care can be a difficult process, as it requires tremendous maturity and self-discipline.  We have highlighted a few tips that will help those transitioning out. Money That bills needed to be paid every month.  If I didn’t pay my bills, my information and the money I owed would be sent to a collections agency, which would ruin my “credit.” Also, the agency could charge me more than I owed! That I could use money orders – which are like checks, but are not connected to my bank account but have a service fee of .25-.75 cents Independence That I should NEVER carry my Social Security card or birth certificate in my wallet or purse and that I should store them in a safe place. That I needed rental history or a co-signer to be approved for my first apartment and that my last placement could have been counted as “rental history.” Resources What to do when I d

Free Training: Working with Adopted Adolescents

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Alabama Pre/Post Adoption Connections (APAC), a program of Children's Aid Society, is proud to present this FREE training with recognized expert Dr. Gregory Keck. This workshop will address issues associated with typical adolescent development and will examine those within the context of adoption. It will address identity formation, separation and individuation, and dependency vs. independency for all adolescents, but will focus on the variations in these processes for adoptees. Continuing Education Credits  5.5 CEUs Note: Social Work and Counseling CEUs cost $45.00.  CAS is an approved CEU provider by the Alabama Board of Social Work Examiners and National Board for Certified Counselors . Our ABSWE # is 0039 and our NBCC # is 6459. Wednesday, March 13  Renaissance Montgomery Hotel 201 Tallapoosa Street Montgomery, AL 36104 Thursday, March 14 Cahaba Grand Conference Center 3660 Grandview Parkway Birmingham, AL 35243 Schedule  8-9am: Check-In 9am-4:30pm: Train

Teen Dating & Violence

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The teen years have many memories associated with them, one of the most memorable being dating.  Teens look for affirmation more than ever, and many times that is found in a dating relationship.  Dating can be a good thing, but always be aware, that dating doesn't always go as planned. Did you know that: 1 in 4 women experience violence from their partners in a lifetime 1 in 3 teens experience sexual or physical abuse or threats from a boyfriend or girlfriend in one year 1 in 6 women are survivors of sexual assault 1 in 5 men have experienced some form of sexual victimization in their lives 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men were sexually abused before the age of 18 Source: NoMore Dating should be a happy give and take relationship between two people.  If you experience any warning signs , you should contact a trusted adult, the authorities, or discuss anonymously .  Learn more about teen dating violence:  http://www.teendvmonth.org/