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I wanna help the foster system

I wanna help the foster system and maybe become a social worker for homes and to make sure foster homes are more safer and better since the no more abortion law has been made most people will depend on foster cares and the system is messed up how do I start a path into becoming a social worker or helper in the foster care??

Thank you comment icon Hi, Jordan! I really admire that you have this goal. Continue to keep informed about current events, and keep open to any opportunities to volunteer! As long as there are people like you who want to make the system better, there is hope for young people in foster care. Alexandra Carpenter, Admin
Thank you comment icon Hi Jordan, I just want to say that (without knowing you personally) I'm really proud of you for asking this question. You are clearly taking in the world around you, considering how these events will affect all of our future, and are showing so much care and compassion. Natalie Dunn, Admin
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Angela’s Answer

Hi Jordan:

Your passion and commitment are evident in your question. There are various opportunities to interact with foster care youth and learn about the foster care system. Lots of non-profit organizations specialize in supporting foster care youth through education support/tutoring, job training, life skills training, navigating through the court system, etc. Do some research in your neighborhood/city to see which organizations may need volunteers or have entry-level positions you may be interested in.

Also look for opportunities to do informational interviews with social workers, they can provide good insight about their work, the impact they have and you can ask them any questions that will help you decide your next steps.

Good luck,

angela
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Jordan, thank you for your question, working in the foster care system is very admiral. I would suggest to you that you start doing volunteer work in a daycare in a low-income area. Most of your foster care children are there. There is money provided for the child but there are a lot of foster parents who aren't honest, they will take the allotted money and find a cheaper center and pocket the difference. I'm glad to see young people who want to help children I do wish you the best of luck.
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Peter’s Answer

Hello Jordan,

It is exciting you have found a field that interests you.

I did a quick search to try to find some good information, I was able to find this website below, full of good stuff!

Give this a go:
https://www.noodle.com/articles/how-to-become-a-foster-care-social-worker#:~:text=Foster%20care%20social%20workers%20are%20primarily%20concerned%20with%20the%20health,of%20supportive%20and%20capable%20families.

Best of Luck,
Pete
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Sikawayi’s Answer

Hello Jordan, thank you for your question. I would like to start by saying that it is very admirable that someone so young would want to kid less fortunate. Now you are very right about the foster care system it is overburdened, there are more social services workers needed but the problem is most of the workers are under paid so most of them go back to school so they can find a better paying job. If working within the foster system is what you really want to do go to college for it get your BA and help fix the system. Best of luck
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Sandra (SANDY)’s Answer

Volunteering is a great way to get familiar with the community you are interested in. Also, reviewing college requirements as to the classes and curriculum they offer is another opportunity to start laying the groundwork for the path you are interested in.
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Angela’s Answer

Remember your career is not use to just fix. Sometimes fosters parents, social worker have to follow the rules that is from past cases. Never do a career without a detail plan. School, time frame, salary, and requirements.
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