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Just because you are in foster care does not mean that your parents do not love you or that they are bad people. When you were removed from your family, your parents may not have been emotionally, mentally, or financially stable enough to provide you with a loving home.
You can still love your parents, but you should realize that your foster family also wants to provide you with love and care.
Respect them and talk to them about your thoughts and feelings. Relationships rely on respect and trust so improving these areas of your relationship with them is important. If you don't feel comfortable telling them directly how you feel, work with your social worker and/or lawyer to draft a letter detailing your feelings and expressing your thoughts.
The way you know if you are experiencing domestic violence is if your boyfriend, girlfriend, partner, or spouse has a pattern of:
Have fun in your relationship, but be SAFE! Be clear about what you want to avoid:
Some teens choose not to have sex for religious, emotional or legal reasons. BE CLEAR! If you don’t know someone well enough to talk about sex, you probably don’t know the person well enough to have sex. Remember that the only guaranteed way to prevent having a baby is to NOT have sex.
Begin with your thoughts! Try to think positively about yourself and say kind words to yourself instead of negative ones. Instead of saying, "I can't do this" or "I am ugly," remind yourself, "I can do this!" and "I am beautiful!"
Call 911 immediately if you don’t feel safe. Tell your foster parent, guardian, social worker, lawyer, or counselor and work to create a safety plan. SafeLink Hotline is: 1-877-785-2020.