Foster Care C.A.N.
(Circle of Assistance Network)
Texas Foster Care Alumni Success Stories
Dr. Vivian Dorsett - Founder
Tyrone Obaseki - www.tyroneobaseki.com - Abandoned by his parents, Tyrone spent 18 years in foster care, authoring "18 Years a Slave". Mr. Obaseki graduated from TAMU-Commerce and graduated with a degree in Counseling from PVAMU. He is currently a Counselor in Harris County.
Cortney Jones - Overcame obstacles of foster care, reading at a 6th grade level entering college, she recently received her Masters Degree from Texas State in San Marcos, Texas and founded Change 1 located in Austin, TX.
Joseph Head - Left on the steps of a community assistance building in Dallas, Texas, he spent 18 years in foster care, involved in gangs and juvenile detention. He graduated from PVAMU. Now he is currently an Athletic Director for a Boys and Girls Club in Plano, TX.
Danny Tiblets - Adopted from foster care, he gained a Bachelors in Marketing and Masters Degree in Social Work. He is the founder of Foster Leaders National Movement.
Crystal Bentley - Abandoned to foster care by her mother, she spent several years in care before the was adopted. After the adoption failed she spent the duration of her youth in a group home. From there she was ushered into the life of human trafficking at 18, As a survivor, she has made it her duty to advocate for children within the system on both a state and national level.
US Child Welfare History
Before the "Child Savers" movement in the late 1800 to early 1900's, our communities and churches assisted orphans and children at risk. Orphan trains moved the children to the West to get them off the streets, some children where met with loving families, some were abused and/or became indentured servants. Unfortunately 100 years later, child welfare still has some major issues to overcome. It is my personal mission to advocate and assist this population, as well as speak to our communities on the need to get involved with child welfare.
Aging Out of Foster Care
When a foster care youth doesn't get adopted or reunited with their biological family; what happens when they turn eighteen? This forgotten population "ages out" or exits the child welfare system. On average 30,000 youth across the nation, 1,500 from Texas, exit foster care every year. Where do these youth go, live, eat or sleep when biological relationships are broken, if foster parents and/or organizations no longer assist? Transition services are available to assist youth until their twenty second birthday if; they are working, training or attending college.
TEXAS Adult Outcomes for Foster Care Youth
-30 to 50% of foster care alumni do not graduate high school, are homeless, on welfare, incarcerated, homeless and having early pregnancies.
-Few have full time jobs or go to college when aging out.
-Less than 10% foster young adults graduate with a four year degree compared to 30% of the general population.
-Few reunification's with biological family are successful.
Personal Outreach 'WHO WE HELP' in Education
College Students from foster care need help! I am personally mentor and am involved in student success of foster care young adults transitioning into college and adulthood across the state of Texas. Most all my involvement is with college students, I network on their behalf. There are resources for this population, who are tyring desperately to succeed, they find themselves in emergency situations, and I have personally assisted in the following ways:
COLLEGE CAMPUS; closed during holidays; need family, need food.
TRANSPORTATION; few have cars, bus tickets home, rides to work, to store, purchase meds.
WORK; money for gas to get to work.
HOUSING; emergency sponsored students in my home for entire semester.
JOBS; network for graduates seeking employment, and/or job relocation.
NETWORK; out of state college students seeking assistance while in Texas
FOOD; purchase food, give money, transportation to community food banks.
MONEY; send emergency money.
HOURS; countless hours on campus consulting on their behalf, since 2008.
FREE; training, advocacy, networking, mentoring, ETV, college life, etc.
REMEMBER: Graduate students don't get grants
Networking resources for the homeless
*The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children estimates 67% of sex trafficking victims from foster care*