Thursday, November 13, 2014

Information about & Resources for Foster Alumni

Oklahoma currently has over 10,000 youths in foster care. At age 18, foster kids age out of the system. RisforThursday, derived from "R is for Thursday," is reaching out as a statewide network with multiple functions for foster alumni and much information upon which Oklahomans can act. 

Foster youths and foster alumni need mentors, too.

Watch the video Re-moved below. Utilize the resources. Subscribe to the RisforThursday network.

The RisforThursday Statewide Network of Oklahoma



To be added to our direct email list or to find our public Facebook page: Go to the link available on the front page of our webpage.

Contact information for the people in our network (advocates, DHS educational specialists, etc.):

To attend our annual July RisforThursday Conversation (statewide meeting/update):

A fun little video on how we got the RisforThursday name:

What It Is Like to be a Foster Kid
Please take time to view this painfully accurate (per RisforThursday students) video 

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Pathways to College

Concurrent enrollment in Oklahoma:; see also individual college/university websites

Cooperative Alliance Programs:

Paying for College

Oklahoma Independent Living (for questions, information, etc.):

Oklahoma Independent Living Tuition Waivers:

Educational Training Voucher (ETV):

Application form for ETV:

Oklahoma’s Promise:

Oklahoma Youth with Promise Scholarship:

Casey Family Services Foster Care to Success:

Contact individual colleges and universities about campus-based dedicated funds for foster alumni
Tutorial for completing the FAFSA (to qualify for Pell Grants, loans, etc.):

Tips for completing the FAFSA for foster youth:

Application form for FAFSA

From Foster Care to College: Facilitating the Journey
Oklahoma School Counseling Association Annual Conference 2014

Special thanks to Dr. Kearney for her tireless efforts on behalf of Oklahoma's foster alumni through creation of and expansion of the RisforThursday network.

kerrikearney, Oklahoma State University,
& the RisforThursday statewide network

Personal communication 11-12-14

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