Need for Supportive Adults
Across the nation, many students who have experienced time in foster care feel they do not have someone to turn to for social support and a majority of youth indicate they have too few people they can rely on or go to for assistance. In addition, many youth indicate that it was actually help from informal support networks rather than paid professionals that really made the difference in their success.
Across the University of Michigan and local community students who have experienced time in foster care benefit from interacting with supportive adults who have an understanding of the foster care experience, the Blavin Scholars Programs, and behaviors and actions that can create an inclusive environment for this student population.
"Growing up in the foster care system is sort of like growing up alone. There is always a strong element of support missing."
Being a Supportive Adult
Are you interested in learning more about how you can be a supportive adult in the lives of students who have experienced time in foster care? Consider signing up for a Supportive Adult Training or practice some of the behaviors below.
- Maintain a present and future focus in interactions
- Use inclusive person-first language
- Let the student set the agenda when offering guidance
- Reinforce positive behaviors
- Maintain a strengths-based focus
- Avoid assumptions about students capabilities and knowledge
- View the student holistically
- Partner with the student on action items
Learn more about the Blavin Supportive Adults including our Blavin Staff, Blavin Mentors, and Blavin Liaisons.