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November 2020

Former Foster and Homeless Youth Address How Their Experiences Impacted Their Pursuit of Higher Education

November 13, 2020 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Please join Fostering Media Connections at 1 p.m. Pacific on Nov. 13 as we provide an open space for current and former foster youth to speak about homelessness and higher education. Raquel Wilson, who leads Fostering Media Connection’s Youth Voice Program, will lead the discussion alongside two of our very own Youth Voice Contributors, Tatiana Lemire and Ivory Bennett, all of whom have experienced foster care and homelessness. We also welcome Dr. Kizzy Lopez, who has worked in higher education…

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December 2020

Webinar: Reform is the Destination. Tech is the Road.

December 17, 2020 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

DATE: Dec. 17, 2020 TIME: 10 AM Pacific/1 PM Eastern Improving casework. Identifying and addressing racial disproportionality and disparity. Reducing the use of foster care. More knowledge about what works to prevent abuse and neglect. Whatever you think is the most pressing reform in child welfare, technology is a key facet of solving the problem. Join us for a discussion about why the field is missing out on transformative gains in modern tech, and what is necessary to change the…

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February 2022

Sustenance in Hard Times: Foster Youth Face Food Insecurity

February 24 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join Youth Voice as former foster youth uncover the truth behind the growing issue of food insecurity in the United States and how it has impacted the lives of foster youth, specifically in LA County. Our panelists will also provide advice to help other foster youth on best practice to combat food insecurity. You do not want to miss this! Panelists: Raquel Wilson, Youth Voice Program Manager Kiana Deane Atorrie Burrell Erial Pree Sky Lea Ross

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March 2022

Homeless In Foster Care: What Would Really Keep Foster Youth From Sleeping in Offices

March 3 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Recent reports suggest child welfare systems across the county are seeing a pattern: children sleeping in CPS office buildings, hotels and even the cars of caseworkers. There is no single cause of this problem, nor is there a simple answer that will solve it.

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Better Tech, Better Outcomes: How Technology Collaboration Can Improve Foster Care

March 17 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Child Welfare faced challenges prior to the global pandemic. In the face of the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, the needs of the most vulnerable children and youth have only intensified. Challenges such as foster family shortages, social worker burdens and exoduses, and the complex needs of youth facing trauma have become more acute and widespread. At the same time, numerous agencies and organizations across the country have been working tirelessly to design and implement creative and innovative strategies and tools that…

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Somebody’s Child or Nobody’s Child

March 29 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

Join Youth Voice as we explore the impact parental incarceration has on youth. Hear from former foster youth with lived experience as we explore coping methods for youth in care, and explain how you can support and advocate for them.

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April 2022

Challenges, Needs, and Experiences: Single Parents with Foster Care Experience Speak!

April 21 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Single parents with foster care experience must overcome many unique challenges as adults.

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College Ready, Career Prepared

April 28 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Join Fostering Families Today and their expert panel of former foster youth to discuss "College Ready, Career Prepared," their new guide to postsecondary education for youth in care.

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May 2022

Safe Space When There’s No Safe Place: Tips from Youth Who Faced Maltreatment

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

This discussion will explore the difficult topic of maltreatment amongst youth who have experienced foster care. Young people from Los Angeles County will share their experiences of maltreatment at various levels and provide social workers, advocates and other mandated reporters best practices to identify maltreatment at home and school. This event is sponsored by iFoster.

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Tough Conversations: Navigating Relationships with Biological Family

May 26 @ 10:00 am - 11:30 am

Fostering Families Today will be exploring the complex relationships between resource families and biological families. Tune in for a discussion about developing and maintaining healthy relationships. This event is sponsored by iFoster.

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