For Foster parents

Life skills: Why they matter

Did you know in order to rent an apartment that you have to pay a deposit to the apartment AND put deposits down on electricity, water, and possibly gas?

Do you know how to get a stain out of your favorite shirt? File your taxes? Open a bank account?

Where did you learn how to do all those things? For most of you, the answer is, “My parents.” Most parents do teach these things. However, the 30 teens in White County haven’t had a stable mom and dad to teach them these things. Many of the teens in White County (and across the state) have been in care 3, 5, 7 and even 15 years. These teens have spent most of their lives trying to survive that they haven’t learned how to do basic adult skills many of us take for granted.

Teens in foster care are required to earn a set amount of independent living — life skills — credits. Both the Department of Children and Family Services and The CALL in White County provide these classes to transitional teens ages 12-21.

It important for the teen to attend as many classes as possible; not because they need a certain number of credits, but because they need to soak up as much knowledge about “the real world” as possible before they’re left on their own.

So far this year The CALL has covered internet safety and cleaning on a budget. The next life skills class will be Monday, March 13 at 6 p.m. We will be discussing the importance of taking the ACT and get practical tips on how to get ready for the ACT. Other topics we will discuss this year include growing your own food, healthy lifestyles and stress management, auto maintenance, financial management, etc….

These classes will be beneficial to your foster teens, your biological teens, and even you (you can get CEU credit for it). Please utilize this amazing resource. It could very well change the lives of the teens in your home.

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