How can I share my own resources with the community?

On the Resources Page, you can share resources that might be of interest to others by uploading your resources onto the site using the Add Resource feature.

What kind of resources can be added to the website?

Please add any resource (file or web link) that might be useful to others working to improve the educational outcomes of foster youth. This includes any resource that will help the following individuals:

  • Foster parents
  • Caregivers
  • Biological parents and relatives
  • Child welfare workers
  • Group home staff
  • Teachers
  • School counselors
  • Dependency attorneys
  • Judges
  • Court-appointed special advocates
  • County and district foster youth liaisons
  • Other foster youth advocates

The more resources we share, the stronger our community becomes.

Community members can add two types of resources to the website:

  1. Online Resources: You can help community members find information already on the Internet by adding the following resources to the FosterEdConnect community:
    • Websites
    • Webpages
    • Documents available elsewhere on the web
  2. Documents: You can add the following documents as resources:
    • Word documents
    • PowerPoint presentations
    • PDFs
    • Audio files
    • Videos
    • Any other electronic file
  3. TIP: All conversations, questions, and announcements automatically become resources.

To add your own resource to the website:

  1. On the Resources Page, click the Add Resource button above and to the right of the tabs, beneath the pictures. This will take you to a page labeled Create Resource.
  2. On the Create Resource page, there are eight required fields to fill out regarding your resource:
    • Title
    • Description
    • Source
    • Resource type (link or file)
    • Subjects to which the resource applies
    • Whether resource is specific to any particular roles (yes/no and roles)
    • Whether resource is specific to any particular age groups (yes/no and age groups)
    • Whether resource is specific to any particular county (yes/no and counties)
  3. Note that most of the fields can be filled out very quickly. The longest part of the process is writing a short description for the resource. The description is especially important because it is the best source of information about the resource for a member browsing the site.
  4. In the Source field, type the name of the organization or individual who made the resource you are sharing. This is where you give that organization or individual credit for creating the resource. Do not put your own name in this field unless you created the resource. You can add more than one name if you wish. For instance, a resource may have been created by "The Association for the Education of Homeless Youth and the ABA Center on Children and the Law."
  5. Upload your resource to the site by selecting Resource Link or Resource File, depending on the resource type. Note that a resource must either be a link to an outside website or a file that can be uploaded (Word document, PDF, etc.)
  6. If you select Link, a box will appear where you can type the URL of the webpage that contains the resource. If you select File, a Choose File button will appear. Once you have a chosen a file, click the Upload button to ensure that it successfully loads.
  7. The next field asks, "To which subject does the resource apply?" Here you see all the same headings that appeared on the browse resource page. Some of the headings have a black arrow on their left; when the black arrow is clicked a list of subheadings will appear. Check every box in this field that pertains to the resource you are uploading.
  8. However, do not check a heading if you also want to check subheadings within that heading. For example, if you plan to check "Child Welfare System" and "Dependency System," you will not be allowed to also check "Understanding the Systems Serving Foster Youth." There are only two times when you should check a heading: if all of its subheadings or none of its subheadings apply to the resource you are sharing. Otherwise, leave the heading unchecked.
  9. The next field asks, "Is this resource specific to a particular role?" Select the roles of individuals who would benefit from the resource you are sharing. Once again, only check a heading if all or none of its subheadings apply to the resource you are sharing. If the resource is not specific to any role, then select No.
  10. The final two fields work in the same way. If the resource is about foster youth of a specific age group, then check the age ranges that apply. For instance, a resource about transportation to school would probably apply to three age groups: elementary school, middle school, and high school.
  11. Lastly, if the resource is specific to a county or group of counties, check all that apply.
  12. If you only have one resource to share, finish by clicking Save. If you want to share another resource, click "Save and Create Another."
  13. Once you have shared your resource, it will be reviewed by a site administrator to ensure that it is appropriate for the Foster Ed Connect community. As soon as the administrator approves the resource, it will become publicly available and viewable.
  14. TIP: There is a 20 MB size limit. Thus, it is not possible to upload large videos.
  15. TIP: If you have more than one file, or both a link and a file that you want to share, then you should create more than one resource.
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