Fostering Success Michigan (FSM) is building a statewide network through a collective-impact strategy that strives to prepare young people in foster care between the ages of 12 to 25 across the state of Michigan for success in higher education and beyond. FSM increases awareness, access and success in higher education and post-college careers for students from foster care. They offer a variety of networking opportunities and valuable resources for youth who have experienced time in foster care at various educational stages, both high school and college, as well as information for adults interested in supporting the educational attainment of young people who have experienced foster care.
There are several FSM resources that can be helpful for supportive adults. In particular, the Getting to Know...Youth and Alumni from Foster Care Guide can help supportive adults learn more about the unique challenges and needs of students who have experienced foster care. The Getting to Know...Child Welfare for K-12 Educators Guide can provide a helpful introduction to what it means to be in foster care, typical characteristics of students from foster care, and actions you can take to support students in their quest for higher education.
Other FSM resources include:
- Website that organizes resources based on life domains, educational stage, or role
- Resource Guides
- Community and Statewide Networking
- Monthly Resource Newsletters
- Google Group
Find out more at www.fosteringsuccessmichigan.com.