Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Workshop Session 1: 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Using HUD Resources to Provide Housing for Youth Aging Out of Foster Care
Todd Shenk, Special Assistant, Office of the Secretary, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, Washington, DC
Trying to ensure that youth aging out of foster care have access to affordable, stable housing is an on-going challenge for child welfare administrators and IL coordinators. This workshop will explore the resources provided by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, identify strategies to build an array of housing resources and services for youth aging out, and highlight examples of jurisdictions who are successfully meeting the housing needs of their youth. Come prepared to exchange ideas and share your own strategies and challenges.
Beyond Foster Care - Plan and Pay for College or Trade School
Rhonda Safford, Programs Manager, Student Assistance Foundation, Helena, MT
Congratulations! A student you are working with just made a great decision - to continue their education after high school. Whether he or she studies at a career school, attends community college, or enrolls in a four-year institution, success depends on solid academic and financial planning. We will provide you with some tips and checklists to help you and your foster youth succeed!
Career-Focused Mentoring For All Youth - RAMP Up Those Employment Opportunities!
Patricia Gill, RAMP National Director, Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC; Sonya Heisser, RAMP New Orleans Coordinator, LSU HSC Human Development Center, New Orleans, LA
Career-focused mentoring helps youth explore career options, build employability skills, meet employers, and get workplace experience. Come learn how the Ready to Achieve Mentoring Program (RAMP) is being implemented in 13 sites nationwide and gain strategies for your own work. All participants will receive mentoring tools and a free guide.
Brain-Based Youth Programming
Robin Donaldson, Program Development and Research Director, National Safe Place, Louisville, KY
This workshop will provide practical considerations for incorporating adolescent brain development research into youth programming. The workshop will provide research-directed strategies that adults can use to maximize cognitive and life skills development in stress and emotional management, decision-making and problem-solving, planning and prioritizing, academic achievement, and healthy lifestyles.
Learning to Fly: Successful Transition to Independence
Emma Jones, Case Manager; John Voakes, Program Manager, YouthCare, Seattle, WA
This workshop focuses on YouthCare’s successful practices in assisting youth with the transition to independent living. We will discuss how to navigate through difficulties of finances, poor rental history, credit, and criminal backgrounds. Participants will learn about outside partnerships YouthCare utilizes as well as examples of youth profiles and success stories.
Youth Connections to Caring Adults: A Newly Developed Tool
Annette Semanchin Jones, Project Specialist; Traci LaLiberte, Director, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, St. Paul, MN
Youth do better when connected to supportive adults. Presenters discuss the development of a new tool, the Youth Connections Scale that measures the number, strength, and types of connections of foster youth to caring adults, particularly as youth transition to adulthood. The tool will be made available to session participants.
Transitioning to Adulthood: An Exploration of the Risk Factors and Outcomes for Youth Served in Transitional Living Programs
Annette Duranso, RHY Program Specialist, Family and Youth Services Bureau, Philadelphia, PA
Is every youth transitioning to adulthood at risk? Understanding the risk factors and what makes some youth more at risk than others as well as the relationship to successful outcomes during a youth’s transitional period is critical to providing effective transitional living programming.
Wendy’s Wonderful Kids: A Child-Focused, Evidence-Based Approach to Finding Homes for Older Youth
Rita Soronen, President and CEO, Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, Columbus, OH
This workshop will highlight the history, implementation, and growth of the Foundation’s signature program, Wendy’s Wonderful Kids, with a focus on its 5-year rigorous national evaluation and the resulting implications on policy and practice for older youth waiting to be adopted.
The National Foster Youth Action Network: The Impact and Effectiveness of Youth-Led Advocacy Trainings on Well-being and Positive Development
Toni Naccarato, Assistant Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of Albany, SUNY, Albany, NY; Janet Knipe, Executive Director, National Foster Youth Action Network, San Francisco, CA
Youth-led advocacy has powerful benefits for policymakers and youth themselves. Little data exist regarding how youth development principles are applied to foster youth and why creating a truly meaningful youth-led environment leads to individual and policy changes. The youth-led model and the current multi-state evaluation implementation and findings will be discussed.
Legal Permanency for Adolescents Entering and Remaining in Foster Care: State Legislative and Judicial Reforms to Avoid APPLAs
Howard Davidson, Director, ABA Center on Children and the Law, Washington, DC
This workshop will examine how states have, and could, use changes in their law to promote permanency options for older youth other than APPLA. As the percentage of older youth entering and remaining in care increases, it is necessary to understand how legislation and court practice reforms could better facilitate rapid permanency alternatives to APPLA.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Workshop Session 2: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Anne Yeoman, Asset Consultant, Office of Community Services, Assets for Independence Program, Administration for Children and Families, Region III, Washington, DC; Julie Hegge, Coordinator, Youth Success Community, Mile High United Way, Denver, CO; Tijuan Harvey, Bridging the Gap Liaison, Young Americans Bank, Denver, CO; Victoria Black, Bridging the Gap Youth Advocate, Mile High United Way, Denver, CO
This workshop will begin with a brief overview of situational thinking applied to youth financial decision making. Participants will learn from youth and staff activities to take advantage of youth’s own priorities and opportunities offered by partnerships in employment, banking, and education, among others, that lead to financial skill building for youth.
Ming Wang, Project Director, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Salt Lake City, UT; Alice Preble, Operations Coordinator, The Moving Forward Initiative, Lewiston, Maine; Melissa Robinson Graves, Project Director, Georgia Division of Mental Health, Atlanta, GA; Jerri Mullendore, Family Advocate, OK Department of Mental Health, Tulsa, OK; Emma (Gerri) Mullendore, Coordinator of Family Involvement, Oklahoma Systems of Care
Utah, Maine, and Georgia started implementing Healthy Transitions Initiative in 2009. This workshop will review their combined experiences developing programs in urban and rural communities and identify important community characteristics that influence transition services. It will also recommend strategies to improve outcomes in education, employment, and community living skills based on community strengths and challenges.
Patricia Gill, Senior Program Associate, Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC
How do you turn budding cowboys, rap stars, and ballerinas into veterinary technicians, audio engineers, or even… working artists? Youth service professionals need to engage youth in career exploration and workplace preparation. Come learn how to support youth in assessing their interests, aptitudes, and goals - and developing an individualized plan to reach those goals.
Heather Brown, Director of Youth Services; John Casey, Housing Program Coordinator, Outside In, Portland, OR
Explore exciting opportunities to engage homeless youth in peer education. Learn about illuminating research findings on HIV and other youth health risk factors and experience the amazing work of youth peer leaders who use media outlets such as movies on YouTube, improv theater, and community radio for peer-education.
Laurie Mazerbo, Department Manager; Ricardo Fernandez, Program Supervisor, Our Family Services, Tucson, AZ
The training will focus on providing case managers and supervisors concrete tools and methods for working with homeless young adults ages 18-21 years old who are living in a transitional housing program. The training will help staff work on behavior change with clients to successfully transition clients to independent living.
Kristin Sanchez, Program Coordinator, Georgia Department of Family and Children Services, Atlanta, GA; Patricia Buonodono, Managing Attorney for Education Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children, Atlanta, GA; Youth Advocate, EmpowerMEnt, Atlanta, GA
We will lead a discussion on permanency resources for older youth in foster care; have a presentation from two youth from EmpowerMEnt, an advocacy organization consisting of current and former foster youth concerning being “given up” on and their lives since aging out; and we will present adult adoption forms and state-by-state information on how to modify those forms for use in each state based upon statutory requirements.
Defining Permanence Our Way!
Ruth Buckels, Statewide Coordinator, AMP - Achieving Maximum Potential Program; Ashley Damme, AMP Youth; ManDee Phillips, AMP Youth; DJ Phillips, AMP Youth, Youth and Shelter Services, Inc., Ames, IA
Three AMP youth will share their journey’s to permanence. Two adult adoptees plus one twice-adopted brother will share family lessons they put together on making adoption work for them. They will identify what worked, what did not, and challenge you to apply their lessons to youth “just like us!”
Back to my Past: Preparing Young People for Safe Reconnections
Celeste Bodner, Executive Director; FosterClub AllStar Interns, FosterClub, Seaside, OR
A recent FosterClub poll that revealed 74% of foster youth had used the internet to search for a family member, while over a quarter of foster youth reported having received unwanted contact from a relative. Participate in a discussion about the role of the system and supportive adults in educating, monitoring, and supporting young people who choose to reconnect with biological family — either while still in the system or after transitioning.
NYTD Data Collection - Organization, Deployment, and Best Practices
John McInturf, Consultant (T/TA); Aiyana Pucci, Consultant (T/TA), National Resource Center for Child Welfare Data and Technology, Washington, DC; Elizabeth Mertinko, Senior Associate, ICF International, Fairfax, VA
States are now in their second year of data collection for the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) and are using a variety of methods to collect, report, and use NYTD data. This session will provide a brief review of the data collected for NYTD for each of the populations followed by a discussion of how states are taking on this task. Come and discuss how you can contribute to and benefit from accurate and complete NYTD data.
The New England Youth Coalition: A Model for Regional, Youth-Led Advocacy
Gail Medeiros, Project Director, New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors, Judge Baker Children’s Center, Boston, MA; Youth Leader, New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners & Directors, Boston, MA
This workshop will give participants an overview of how the New England Youth Coalition (a six-state regional youth-adult partnership) was created, how its work has progressed (including their groundbreaking work on the Siblings Bill of Rights), and where it’s headed next. Participants will have a chance to ask questions of the presenters, network with each other, and create action plans they can use back home.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Workshop Session 3: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Asset Tools for Youth: Foundations of Financial Stability
Anne Yeoman, Asset Consultant, Office of Community Services, Assets for Independence Program, Administration for Children and Families, Region III, Washington, DC; Julie Hegge, Coordinator, Youth Success Community, Mile High United Way, Denver, CO; Tijuan Harvey, Bridging the Gap Liaison, Young Americans Bank, Denver, CO; Victoria Black, Bridging the Gap Youth Advocate, Mile High United Way, Denver, CO; Nick Hutchinson, Chief Development Officer, Juma Ventures, San Francisco, CA
Participants in this workshop will explore innovative approaches to building economic security for youth in transition, including lessons from the GROW and SEED evaluations that provided children and youth with savings accounts, financial education and other resources. For those less familiar with the field of assed building, presenters will strategize with participants on ways to expand access to financial services through innovative partnerships, such as the new national “College Set” initiative and local resources. Participants will receive a toolkit to help assess readiness for implementation of an asset-building program in their own agency.
Fostering Education, Mentoring Excellence: Promoting Pathways in the Transition from High School to College for Foster Care Youth
Angelique Day, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University, Detriot, MI; Natalie Kyles, Student, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI; Cynthia Peterson, Program Manager, Child Welfare Information Gateway, Fairfax, VA; Alisa Santucci, Program Manager, Child Welfare Information Gateway, Fairfax, VA
This workshop will explore and identify barriers foster care youth face in the transition from high school to college. The presenters will showcase the Foster Youth Alumni Services (FYAS) program at Michigan State University. The FYAS program provides support services before college, during a higher education experience, and after college. Additionally, the workshop will show how the FYAS program was developed and how it could be replicated in other educational settings across the country.
Transitioning to Work: Working Across Systems to Promote the Employment of Youth Involved in the Foster Care System
Curtis Richards, Director, Center for Workforce Development, Institute for Educational Leadership, Washington, DC
Up to 60% of youth in foster care have a disability. Meeting their needs requires a new way of thinking about transition. Come learn about the Foster Care Guideposts for Success, a transition framework for all youth, including youth with disabilities. This interactive presentation includes real-life examples of how states and communities are changing policy and practices.
How States Implemented the Chafee Option to Extend Medicaid and the Implications for Implementing the Affordable Care Act
Michael R. Pergamit, Senior Fellow; Marla McDaniel, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC
This presentation will describe how states have chosen to implement the Chafee Option to extend Medicaid to former foster youth in terms of eligibility, enrollment, and recertification; provide evidence from Medicaid administrative data of different impacts of these procedures on Medicaid enrollment and health care usage; and discuss what these findings imply for the decisions states must make in implementing the provisions of the Affordable Care Act making youth eligible for Medicaid after aging out of care until their 26th birthday.
Ice Cream, Cookies or Fruit: Marketing Your Runaway and Homeless Youth Program for Sustainability
Judith Clark, Executive Director, Hawaii Youth Services Network, Honolulu, HI
Making your program indispensable begins with your willingness to share it with others. This workshop will share a process to identify program strengths, opportunities, aspirations, and results integral to building the case for sustainability. Participants will “create the buzz” for their favorite sweet - and begin the process of making their RHY program indispensable.
Consolidating Services without Compromising Quality: A Model of Individualized Integrated Service Delivery to Increase Connectedness, Permanency, Strengthen Self-Sufficiency, and Improve Outcomes!
Kimberly Rose, Director; Jessica McCluskey, Program Coordinator, Rhode Island Council of Resource Providers (RICORP), East Providence , RI; Dee Saint Franc, Youth Engagement Specialist and Youth Leadership Board Co-chair, Rhode Island Foster Parents Association (RIFPA), East Providence, RI; Rodeline Saint Felix, Peer Support Specialist and Youth Leadership Board Chair, RICORP and RIFPA, East Providence, RI
Ever shrinking budgets and unpredictable funding streams coupled with growing client populations with increased and intensive service needs could be the recipe for disaster, but it doesn’t have to be. This interactive workshop will harness the expertise of ‘Graduates of the Foster Care System’ and one state’s (Rhode Island) service delivery model and outcome data to guide and empower attendees to re-think current service delivery and promote innovative practice approaches... resulting in increased connectedness and permanency, greater self-sufficiency, and life-changing results for youth transitioning to adulthood and a game plan for tackling challenging times.
Youth Running From Care
Gordon Vance, Director of Programs, National Runaway Switchboard, Chicago, IL
This training will explore the complexity of why youth leave foster or residential care and/or independent living programs. Relevant child welfare research, NRS hotline data, and NRS’ Let’s Talk: Runaway Prevention Curriculum will guide discussion of preventing first-time and future runaway incidents.
Improving Services to Youth in the Child Welfare System
Judy Tudor, Manager, Clark County Department of Family Services, Las Vegas, NV; Melissa Ludington, Vice President of Family Centered Services, Children’s Home and Aid, Chicago, IL; Sophia Lee, Research Associate, Harder and Company Community Research, San Diego, CA; Lisa Guillette, Executive Director, Rhode Island Foster Parents Association, East Providence, RI
The workshop will consists of four presentations from California, Illinois, Nevada, and Rhode Island regarding their proposed programs to improve services to youth in the child welfare system who are transitioning out of foster care. Each program is focused on developing protective factors and relational competencies with youth through a variety of innovative practices. The programs also require and embrace strong youth partnerships in the planning and development of their programs and will share their strategies for engaging youth as partners.
Supportive Adult Role in the Promotion of Self-Efficacy
Eric Lulow, Youth Involvement Associate, National Federation of Families, Rockville, MD; Debra Cady, Director of Child Welfare Policy, National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health, Washington, DC
A well informed supportive adult can make all the difference to a young person who is transitioning out of the foster care system. Many of these youth and young adults must be prepared to effectively advocate for themselves in case planning and in life. Participants will hear from the experiences of a former homeless youth of the common barriers and underlying issues young people face in transition. This workshop is designed to provide participants with practical steps and strategies to assist these young people in advancing their skills and confidence through the promotion of self-efficacy and successful transition.
Healthy Relationships Don’t Just Happen
Robyn Cenizal, Project Director, National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families, Fairfax, VA
Over 29,000 youth age out of foster care each year. Without the benefit of safe and stable family environments, for many of these youth, unhealthy relationships have been normalized. Learn how to integrate healthy relationship skills such as communication, conflict resolution, parenting, and financial literacy into transitional youth programs as part of a holistic approach to serving youth.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Workshop Session 4: 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
The Road to the Finish Line: Support for Foster Care Youth in Post-Secondary Education Settings
Allyson Roberts, Great Expectations Mentoring Coordinator; Allison Alwang, Great Expectations Project Specialist, The Virginia Foundation for Community College Education , Richmond, VA
This workshop will present the Great Expectations Education Program, a state-wide initiative of the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education that serves foster care youth ages 13 to 24, in 15 of Virginia’s community colleges as they complete high school, age out of foster care, and transition into post-secondary education and living on their own. Core components of the program and best practices that achieve successful outcomes such as students who have graduated and/or transferred to 4-year institutions as well as those who have earned workforce certificates and moved into the workplace will be discussed.
Pathways from Teen Mom to CEO – Building Leadership Skills in Teen Parents
Gena Graves, Transitional Living Program Coordinator, Covenant House Alaska, Anchorage, AK; Kisha Smew, Chief Executive Officer, Hearts and Hands of Care, Inc., Anchorage, AK; Kathryn Wheat, Team Leader, Transitional/Permanent Supportive Housing, Covenant House New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
Meeting the challenges teenage parents face while launching into independent living can often be a daunting and seemingly insurmountable task for transition age youth. Creating a web of support and assisting these youth to translate these challenges into valuable experience can build a foundation for future success and happiness in all aspects in their lives. Participants will be inspired by one youth’s story of her path to success and learn of the best practices, strategies and partnerships involved in building personal successes in youth.
Working with Rural Homeless Youth in an Urban Setting: Utilizing an Array of Partnerships and Services to Promote Self-Sufficiency and to Achieve Measurable Outcomes for Your Clients in Transition
Becky Durnin, Lead Case Manager; Shanda Peshel, New Hope Host Home Case Manager, Youth and Shelter Services, Marshalltown, IA
Central Iowa is a mix of urban and rural populations that face issues concerning homeless and youth in transition. This workshop will discuss Youth and Shelter Services’ innovative statewide partnerships, collaborations, our best practice model, and the results oriented outcome based approach.
Family Finding: Creating Lifetime Networks of Family Members/Caring Adults for Youth Transitioning to Adulthood
Tess Mahnken-Weatherspoon, Family Finding Service Leader, Hillside Children’s Center, Rochester, NY
Learn how the six-step Family Finding model builds a permanent lifetime network of support for youth, a network that will continue to support youth as they leave care and increases their chances of success as they move into adulthood. This workshop will address issues of loneliness and disconnection of youth, and how Family Finding has the potential to fill this void. Hear from a youth presenter who spent 11 years in residential and foster care services and how Family Finding changed his life.
Friends with Boundaries: Forming Effective Caseworker-Client Partnerships
Carol Behrer, Executive Director; Eddye VanderKwaak, Young Fellow - Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Youth Policy Institute of Iowa, Des Moines, IA; Leah Lingren, Aftercare Self-Sufficiency Advocate, Iowa Homeless Youth Centers, Des Moines, IA
Iowa’s Aftercare Services Network has provided individualized support to youth who age out of foster care for over a decade. This workshop will explore the dynamics of the youth-adult partnerships that make Iowa’s aftercare program successful from the perspective of both a case worker and a young person.
Connecting Dads: Getting DC Dads and Paternal Kin Permanently Back in the Game
James Campbell, Acting Administrator; Rishaunda Ewings, Program Manager; Cortez Scott, Supervisory Social Worker, District of Columbia Child and Family, Services Agency, Washington, DC; Teen Fathers, Washington, DC
Audience will learn about the DC ‘Connecting Dads Initiative’ that aims to (re)engage birth fathers or paternal kin with youth. The team will present the innovative PADRE Model that underpins this initiative and will explain efforts under the model that will increase positive permanency outcomes over the next five years.
Bringing Youth Voices Forward: Empowering Youth as NYTD Leaders and Informed Advocates
Monique B. Mitchell, Research Assistant Professor/SC NYTD Research Director; Toni Jones, Research Associate/South Carolina NYTD Project Coordinator, The Center for Child and Family Studies, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC; Faith Slater, GOALL President; Kathleen McLean-Titus, State Coordinator, Chafee Independent Living Program, South Carolina Department of Social Services, Columbia, SC
The National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) is a federal data collection that surveys youth about their thoughts and experiences of the Chafee Independent Living services they receive. Join us as we discuss the importance of the NYTD federal survey. State initiatives, and the efforts made in South Carolina to understand, engage, and empower older youth in foster care! Participants will learn what youth in South Carolina have to say about the NYTD findings, the state survey, and the IL services they value and need as they transition into adulthood.
Promising Practices for Improved Well-Being of Emancipating Youth
Melissa Ludington, Vice President of Family Centered Services; Libby Foster, Adult Connections Project Coordinator, Children’s Home + Aid, Chicago, IL; Renee Lehockey, Director of Transitional Services, Kaleidoscope, Chicago, IL
Cook County has supported youth remaining in care until the age of 21 for several decades, and programming has been developed to support youth’s educational, housing, and health needs. Through an ACF Grant, a four agency collaboration seeks to develop formal programs and resources to address the social and emotional needs of emancipating youth. Through three specific interventions, we anticipate that youth will develop: enhanced relational competencies, increased employment prospects, leadership capacity, and improved well-being.
Planning a Next Generation Evaluation Agenda for the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program
Michael Pergamit, Senior Fellow; Marla McDaniel, Senior Research Associate, The Urban Institute, Washington, DC; Maria Woolverton, Social Science Research Analyst, Administration for Children and Families, Washington, DC; Andrew Zinn, Senior Researcher, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL
This workshop will review the status of knowledge about IL programs and previous research; describe a typology of program models and conceptual frameworks for intervention approaches; and describe potential design options for a new set of evaluations of Chafee Independent Living Programs.
Improving Outcomes for Transitioning Youth, One Hearing at a Time: The Transition Planning Court in New York
Hon. Bryanne Hamill, Judicial Hearing Officer, Family Court Judge, Ret., New York City Family Court, New York, NY; Stephanie Roman, Agency Attorney Level 3 Team Lead, NYC Administration for Children's Services, New York, NY; Priti Kataria, Esq., Director, Adolescent Confronting Transition, Lawyers for Children, Inc., New York, NY, Natalia Giordano, Director, Next Generation Center, Children’s Aid Society, New York, NY
The new Transition Planning Court in New York oversees permanency planning hearings for foster youth, ages 16 and older, voluntarily placed into care with a goal of independence. This panel of multi-disciplinary systems partners would introduce the adapted Benchmark Hearing Model utilized in these hearings and discuss its implementation.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Workshop Session 5: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Social Security Employment Support and Youth Transition Demonstration – Population /Findings
Joyanne Cobb, Officer of Program Development and Research, Social Security Administration, Washington, DC
The Social Security Administration’s Youth Transition Demonstration (YTD) is designed to assist youth, ages 14-25, with disabilities to successfully transition from school to economic self-sufficiency. Serving youth receiving SSI or SSDI payments based on their own disability, or who are at risk of receiving SSI or SSDI benefits, community-based agencies at six sites in five states provide a broad array of transition-related services and supports. This workshop will describe the interventions and service models and share results of the research to date.
Project H.O.P.E.: Cross System Collaboration to Improve Educational Outcomes for Transitional Aged Youth
Becky Cruz, Program Manager, Educational Liaison; Narisa Orosco Woolworth, Student Support Specialist, Solano County Office of Education, Fairfield, CA
This workshop will focus on agencies working to create a cross system collaboration to improve educational outcomes. Areas to be addressed will highlight cross system collaboration, educational stability, the youth voice, and successes and challenges of implementation.
Can’t Buy Me Love: Money Habitudes for Teens
Dixie Zittlow, Outreach Educator and Trainer, The Dibble Institute, Berkeley, CA
Discovering money habits and attitudes (“habitudes”) helps teens become successful money managers. In this interactive workshop, participants will become familiar with the habitudes, learn how to use Money Habitudes for Teens cards, and discover how to incorporate this fun, hands-on resource in financial literacy instruction for transitioning youth.
A Sum Greater Than Its Parts: Collaborative Services for Transitioning Youth
Laura Denton, Program Evaluator; April Carthorn, Director of Adolescent Programs, Child and Family Tennessee, Knoxville, TN; Kim Mallory, Director, Office of Independent Living, Department of Children’s Services, Nashville, TN; Mark Wolf, Project Director, K-Town Youth Empowerment Network, Knoxville, TN
Child and Family Tennessee (CFT) and K-Town Youth Empowerment Network, along with additional private and public partners, built a continuum for transitioning youth including supportive, transitional housing, and extensive wraparound. Staff from CFT, K-Town, and child welfare as well as youth clients, will present. They will detail how the collaboration was created and how services impact transitional youth.
Family Intervention as a Strategy to Prevent and End Youth Homelessness
Andre Wade, Program and Policy Analyst, National Alliance to End Homelessness, Washington, DC
Research demonstrates that most youths who runaway return home. Youths supported by families have an increased chance of having a positive transition into adulthood. This workshop highlights family reunification which provide youths with permanency, housing, and the opportunity to maintain family relationships. Practices and research will be discussed.
It Takes a Team: Engaging Supervisors, Workers, and Community Partners to Promote Positive Transitions to Adulthood
Miriam Landsman, Associate Professor, University of Iowa School of Social Work, Iowa City, IA; John Paul Horn, Trainer, National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, Iowa City, IA
Learn about a successful statewide initiative to engage child welfare supervisors, workers, and community partners in collaboration to promote positive outcomes for transitioning youth. We used a community organizing framework grounded in the principles of positive youth development, cultural competence, and permanent connections. Presenters include the principal investigator and project trainers, one of whom is a former foster youth who transitioned successfully from care.
Building a Permanent Community Through Foster Youth Led Advocacy
Tonya Hightower; Sophia Herman, National Training Team, National Foster Youth Action Network, San Francisco, CA
Permanency is essential for foster youth and it can take many forms: relational, physical and/or legal. This workshop will explore one of the positive byproducts of creating a truly youth-led advocacy group: members build an ongoing, sustainable community that becomes a permanent connection for them as they move into adulthood.
A Second Window of Opportunity: Permanence for Youth Age 18 and Up
Nicole Dobbins, Executive Director, Voice for Adoption, Washington, DC; Rhys Gardiner, Adoptive Parent, Boston, MA; Celeste Bodner, Executive Director, FosterClub, Seaside, OR; Victoria N., Graduate Student, School of Social Work, Simmons College, Boston, MA
Traditionally, child welfare has focused permanence and adoption efforts on minors – young people under the age of 18. But teens are biologically hard-wired to reject caregivers, often thwarting permanency efforts. Exciting new changes with Fostering Connections are making it possible to keep youth in care beyond 18, providing an opportunity for states to connect foster youth to permanence before they age out alone — and at an age when young people are willing to reconsider adults in their lives. Is your state ready to take advantage of this window of opportunity for youth aged 18-and-up? This workshop will explore policy, advocacy opportunities, and tools such as FosterClub’s Permanency Pact that can help 18-and-up find the permanence they deserve. Hear directly from an adoptive parent, an adopted young person, and an adoption advocate.