When a child is placed in your care, they come to you with a history of life experiences that you might not be fully aware of. You might also find yourself parenting children that are at a different age or stage of development than your own, which can be a learning experience in and of itself. Foster Village is here to help connect you with tutors who can come alongside you to help guide the children you are caring for through school and other life experiences.
Through Connect for Success, we offer free after school tutoring provided by trained volunteers. Children in foster care are more likely to fall behind in school due to regularly changing homes and schools, and we are here to help you provide them with the educational support they need. Children are matched with a personal tutor, and one-on-one tutoring can be offered virtually or at your home (due to COVID-19, all tutoring is currently virtual). Volunteers are trained in relationship building, trauma-informed care, cultural competency, and supplemental educational resources for online learning. Through healthy connections, children have the opportunity to gain confidence and enthusiasm for learning, setting them up for greater academic and lifelong success.
Connect for Success was born from one foster mom's personal experience of seeking educational support for her foster daughter. When Andrea Brauer (a licensed social worker, foster mom, and child welfare advocate) searched for resources for her 13 year old foster daughter, she was disheartened to learn that there were no exisiting tutoring programs in her area for children in foster care. As part of the Foster Village family, she decided to do something about it and created the Connect for Success program utilizing her skills as a licensed social worker, her 15 years of experience in public policy and coalition building in Austin, and her personal insight as a foster mom. We welcome applications for all children in foster care in Travis, Hays, and Williamson counties in need of additional academic support and encouragement through intentional connection. For questions and application inquiries, please complete our contact form.