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Meeting Archives
Day 1 - November 3, 2011
  • Becoming Visible: Unlocking the Potential of Foster Children and Youth
    • This video, available on the Stuart Foundation website, was shown as the Summit opening.

  • Opening Plenary: Call to Action
  • Plenary: Youth Perspectives Alumni Panel
    • Watch the video of the plenary.
  • Plenary: Fostering Connections for Children and Youth in Foster Care
    • Watch the video of the plenary.
  • Workshop A: Promoting Education Stability through State Legislation: Voices of Legislators and Youth
    Legislators from the State of Connecticut and Washington State and a young adult advocate in Connecticut share how they successfully developed state legislation that promotes education stability for youth in foster care.

    Speakers: Representative Ruth Kagi, State of Washington; Representative Christopher Lyddy, State of Connecticut; Heather Marone, Yatta Member, National Resource Center for Youth Development. Moderator: Madelyn Freundlich, Excal Consulting.
  • Workshop B: Coordination and Collaboration for School Transportation
    To make school stability a reality for children in foster care, children need transportation to the school they attend currently when moved to a placement in a new school district or attendance area. Identifying strategies from jurisdictions transporting children to maintain school stability, panelists highlight challenges, promising practices, and ways to promote collaboration between child welfare, education, and the court.

    Speakers: Karen Gunderson, California Department of Social Services; Liza Rodriguez, Consultant; Debbie Winters, School Board of Broward County, Florida. Moderator: Kristin Kelly, American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law.
  • Workshop C: Strategies for Ensuring Immediate School Enrollment for Youth in Care
    Focus in this workshop is on the various ways the states ensure immediate enrollment of foster children in a new school when it is in their best interest, as well as policies and strategies for helping foster children succeed in new educational environments. In addition to the roles and responsibilities of schools, child welfare agencies, and courts with respect to enrollment, topics addressed include the use of shared data systems to facilitate enrollment and school success and common barriers to immediate enrollment.

    Speakers: Susan Lieberman, Keeping Maine's Children Connected; Kelli Stocker, Hillsborough County Public Schools; Wayne Trigg, New York City Department of Education. Moderator: Jesse Hahnel, Foster Youth Education Initiative.
  • Workshop D: Case Planning for Educational Stability
    Workshop presenters explore how case-planning strategies can improve educational opportunities and outcomes for youth in the child welfare system. The session highlights two Pennsylvania tools designed to facilitate the process of addressing educational issues during case planning: an education screening tool developed to assist caseworkers in identifying educational issues and responding with appropriate interventions and a set of juvenile court rules requiring judges to make inquiries into a child’s educational process at each stage of a dependency case.

    Speakers: Jessica Feierman, Juvenile Law Center; Cindi E. Horshaw, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare, Office of Children, Youth and Families; Samantha Murphy, Allegheny County Department of Human Services; Cynthia Stoltz, Children’s Court of the Court of Common Pleas of Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. Moderator: Millicent Williams, National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections.
  • Workshop E: There’s No Place Like Close to Home or School: Making School and Placement Stability Happen!
    School and placement stability to support academic achievement emerge as shared goals across child and youth serving systems. This workshop highlights the Denver Village program of Denver County and its efforts to develop community and school-based placement resources. Participants also learn about two exciting efforts to enable data-informed placement decisions: the Geographic Information System SchoolMinder program in Illinois and the School Connect program in Sacramento County, California.

    Speakers: Margaret Booker, Denver Human Services; Richard Foltz, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services; Patricia Kennedy, Sacramento County Office of Education. Moderator: Anne Comstock, National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement.
  • Workshop F: Creating Systems to Support the Early Childhood Educational Needs for Children in Foster Care, Aged Three to Five
    In this workshop, participants gain an opportunity to learn more about the unique developmental needs of young children who are connected to child welfare systems, about national efforts to frame how early childhood and child welfare systems can work together to improve outcomes for these children, as well as more about how the States of Connecticut and Illinois are changing policy, aligning systems, and supporting collaboration between early childhood providers and child welfare staff.

    Speakers: Nilofer Ahsan, Center for the Study of Social Policy; Rudy Brooks (retired), Connecticut Department of Children and Families; Grace Whitney, Connecticut Department of Education; Kathy Goetz Wolf, Strengthening Families Illinois.
  • Workshop G: The Road to the Finish Line: Supporting Young Adults from Foster Care in Post-Secondary Education and Training Programs
    Session focus is on how states and colleges can be effective in promoting student success in postsecondary education — community colleges, technical/vocational schools, and universities. Panel members and participants explore the ways higher education, child welfare, community-based providers, and professional organizations can collaborate to ensure students from child welfare receive the support services they need to be successful, to graduate and move on to employment.

    Speakers: Grace Johnson, Guardian Scholars Program at California State at Fullerton; Shannon Ramsey, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services; Carol Underhill, Great Expectations. Moderator: John Emerson, Casey Family Programs.
  • Workshop H: Components of Successful Systems Collaboration
    Implementing the Fostering Connections Act requires collaboration between education, child welfare, the courts, and other community stakeholders. This workshop offers guidance, resources, and examples on how to create and maintain collaboration between multiple systems to address children’s educational needs. Presenters highlight goals and structure of the collaboration, as well as common obstacles to overcome.

    Speakers: Mary Cagle, Children’s Legal Services, Florida Department of Children and Families; Ann Rossi, Michigan Department of Human Services. Moderator: Kathleen McNaught, American Bar Association, Center on Children and the Law.  
  • Workshop I: Supporting Successful School Experiences for Students in Foster Care through Collaboration
    Workshop presenters address what can be done both within and outside of the school environment to support the “total” school experience for students in foster care. The session describes two models: the San Diego County Foster Youth Services model and its dedication to creating a collaborative environment between child welfare, the courts, and public education; and, in Pennsylvania, the Upper Darby School District’s Response to Instruction and Intervention Model for academics and behavior, which supports both students in foster care and the entire student body.

    Speakers: Brenda Kabler, Upper Darby School District, Pennsylvania; Michelle Lustig, Foster Youth and Homeless Education, San Diego County Office of Education; Daniel P. McGarry, Upper Darby School District, Pennsylvania; Debbie Staub, Casey Family Programs.  
  • Workshop J: Special Education for Students in Out-of-Home Placements  
    Following a brief overview of the prevalence of educational disabilities and mental health needs among children and youth in care, this workshop addresses barriers to meeting the special education needs of this academically at-risk population. The panel also provides advocacy strategies to support foster care children and youth who are in special education.

    Speakers: Peter Leone, University of Maryland, College Park; Maura McInerney, Education Law Center of Pennsylvania; David Osher, American Institutes for Research. Moderator: Simon Gonsoulin, American Institutes for Research.