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Hello everyone [from David]! Yes it is the 4th of July weekend and while we are officially closed for a few days, I am alas still plugging away on a few things. One of our [King County] kids, 14 needs to move into a temporary licensed foster home on Monday. He is in general a good kid, no behavioral issues (really none); he's case is concurrent planning so adoption could be an option but it isn't the primary direction at the moment. At the moment his housing needs are at a minimum of a month, but could be long term depending upon how things unfold over the next four - eight weeks. We can ONLY look at licensed foster homes for him. I know it is a holiday weekend and you're all busy with activities. But if you'd like to talk, learn more, have questions, etc. drop me an email directly. Thanks - David 
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EMERGENT NEED: Hello everyone. We have a new LGBTQ youth that has been referred to FLO for support and recruitment services. He will be 18 on Tuesday May 26th and must move by the end of the day on the 26th. He is focused on completely high school and then going to college. He loves dogs, has no acting out behavior. He is in extended foster care but a family doesn’t need to be licensed. We are still learning more about him but David has met the youth. There are more details which can be explained to a family. If you or someone you know would like to learn more about this youth, please contact FLO ASAP via email at david@familieslikeours.org. Thank you!
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Don't forget FLO today on GiveBIG! For the next 24 hours on Tuesday May 5th your donations will be matched by The Seattle Foundation! Help us continue to make a difference in the lives of at-risk foster youth! PLEASE make a donation today! #adoption #fostercare #lgbt #parenting  
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Important January 2015, WAC 388-148-1320 Update
Specific to items number 5 and 6 related to flu shoots

We have been working on this issue since last week. This is an attempt to provide clarification to the recent changes made regarding new mandatory requirements by all Washington State licensed foster homes with foster youth ages 2 and under. Under the newly revised WAC, all individuals in a licensed foster home with foster youth 2 years or younger are required to have proof of full immunizations, which now includes proof of their yearly flu vaccination. 

This change in the WAC was implemented by DSHS after consulting with the Washington Department of Health. According to DLR on 1/9/2015, this recent change applies only to homes taking children under the age of 2 because they are considered under-immunized at that age, and are the most vulnerable population.

There has been a great deal of reaction to this new change, including the assertion that children will be removed (by DSHS) from a licensed home if the home is not in full compliance of this change by mid-January. As of 1/9/2015, DSHS has made no formal statement to this effect, nor do they [currently] have any specific plans to this effect.*

This does not however mean that a licensed foster home with youth under the age of 2 years can ignore this new WAC change. Additionally according to DLR on 1/9/2015, the WAC does not [currently] allow for administrative discretion.

Families Like Ours is working closely with FPAWS and other strategic community partners to assist DSHS in new language for this WAC. This isn’t going to happen overnight so we strongly suggest that foster families with questions regarding this new change contact their agency, Families Like Ours or FPAWS. If you have received ANY information contrary to this, please let us know.

Families Like Ours: 1-877-230-3055
FPAWS: 1-800-391-2273

*As of the writing of this letter, if you have foster youth 2 years or younger in your home we highly recommend you obtain your flu vaccine sooner rather than later and have that documented by the end of February 2015 at the latest. If there are medical why you, or someone in your home cannot have this vaccine, we suggest being proactive and clearly document that with your agency. Please keep in mind that decisions regarding this WAC seem to be evolving each day so at this point we simply do not know the end result. Please practice patient, if you need to share your story reach out to someone here at FLO or FPAWS.
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David was more then a bit inspired by Benjamin O'Keef's article this week of a father escorting his son to a date with another boy. Take a read of this weeks BLOG Post "Should I let my Gay-Son date?" 
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It's never to late to find a family 

It happened in 2014! After nine years in foster care, JJ finally has a forever home and family! JJ is a pretty typical 11 year old; lots of energy, enthusiasm, and loves just being silly. But that isn't how life started. JJ entered foster care at the age of two after experiencing a great deal of abuse and neglect. JJ had been in and out of 18 different foster and group homes by the age of 10!

Then came along JJ’s new family, a single parent that started as another temporary foster home for this youth in need. It was fairly clear to everyone that a fast bond had formed. JJ had been through a lot by the time this home was found. Experiencing delays in speech, school and fairly intense behavior issues, prior homes just couldn't supply JJ with the forever family that was so needed.

With an extensive “tool box,” family support, sense of humor and boundless patience, JJ experienced what was needed most -- a family! Before, when upset, JJ would yell, hit, kick others and curse at adults. Today JJ is involved in school sports and community activities and has been embraced by a loving, nurturing family. A dream come true!

Once JJ was brought to our attention it seemed even to us that a family for this youth would be a tall order. It took weeks just to read through JJ’s history, understand who JJ is as an individual and why there had been so many foster families. We firmly believe that there can be a positive future for every youth in care and JJ is a great example of that. We are humbled by this amazing family and know their future together will be filled with laughter and adventure!

In case you don't know, Families Like Ours is called upon everyday to help find homes for youth in care. Erin in our office actually manages nearly 20 active cases of youth needing adoptive families. 

Did you know that during 2014 FLO provided direct services to over 800 pre and post adoptive and foster families? That thousands more families are able to utilize resources 24/7 via our web tools? 

It isn't to late to help FLO continue to make a difference in the lives of at-risk foster youth. Helping families cut through the red-tape and get kids out of foster care forever. We are in need of finical donations so we can continue this work. Please take a few moments by clicking the link below and making a donation.

https://www.familieslikeours.org/content/making-difference 

BTW, as long as your check is dated no later then December 31st, it may count as a tax deductible donation on your 2014 income taxes. 

Thank you in advance!

David
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Did you see David's BLOG post today? "We often get so caught up in the adoption process, our kids history, our kids daily needs and helping them move forward that we forget that we too are part of this. If we're not taking care of who we are, who is going to?" Check out the amazing link in the post for these brownies!
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This week's Top 10 2014 Adoption Q&A: We’re interested in older teens, including LGBTQ youth. Can we specify like that? YES! Actually there are more older youth needing adoptive homes than ever before. Approximately 14+% of youth in care are LGBTQ and there are very few families stepping forward. If this is your direction then we want to talk with you. Touch base with someone at Families Like Ours and we will get you setup with everything.
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Recently David was asked to speak at the annual Bonfire Heights retreat about the passion of FLO ...
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This week's Top 10 2014 Adoption Q&A: Is there a transition time when you get to meet the kid before you say yes or no, before the child moves into your home? Great question and glad so many asked this today. Given that you’re all more or less here for adoption then the question is typically yes when adopting from foster care. If you receive a call saying the child has to move into an adoptive family and you have two hours to say yes or no, then that is NOT an adoptive placement. If you’re intending on international or birthparent placement, then things are different. Clearly in birthparent, you will typically be there during most or some of the pregnancy and the birthparents have chosen you to be the adoptive family. In nearly all international adoptions, there may be a few days during the transition but it typically isn't more than that. You should talk with your individual placement agencies about how it works with an international transition.
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Between December 12th and 1:45PM today (12/16/14). FLO has been contacted regarding 23 different youth needing respite, temporary foster placement, or a permanency family.
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