Two Years Since Fostering Connections Webinar – Oct. 7
The Fostering Connections Resource Center and its network partners have an upcoming webinar.
Title: Two Years Since Fostering Connections: A Look At Older Youth Provisions
Date: Thursday, Oct. 7, 2010
Time: 2-3 p.m. ET
Description: The Fostering Connections Resource Center, The Finance Project, and FosterClub invite you to a webinar marking the two-year anniversary of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (FCA).
The webinar will focus on older youth provisions enacted in FCA, including a new option that allows states to seek federal reimbursement for extending assistance to children in foster care beyond age 18. This option, under active consideration by a number of states, went into effect Oct. 1, 2010.
Invited panelists include Rep. Les Gara, Alaska, and Gail Gronert, Special Assistant to the Speaker for the California General Assembly, who will share their experience in successfully passing legislation. Amy Lemley, of the John Burton Foundation, will describe their coalition building efforts in California.
The panel will feature an overview of other state efforts provided by Nina Mbengue, NCSL, and Barbara Langford, The Finance Project.
n the second part of the webinar, Celeste Bodner, Ashley Jackson and Marcus Brown, of FosterClub, will describe a new transition planning tool developed by young leaders from foster care to facilitate youth-led transition planning.
Barbara Langford of The Finance Project will describe their tool for engaging states and community stakeholders in transition planning.
The webinar will conclude with Daniel Heimpel of Fostering Media Connections sharing some of his work on raising public awareness to encourage implementation of FCA.
Space is limited. Reserve your webinar seat now.
After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.
PC-based attendees – Required: Windows® 2000, XP Home, XP Pro, 2003 Server, Vista Macintosh®-based attendees – Required: Mac OS® X 10.4 (Tiger®) or newer
About the Author
Katherine Astrich is senior vice president of public policy and mobilization for the Alliance and UNCA.
She previously worked as a consultant for The Lewin Group, a national health and human services consulting firm. She has advocated for Medicaid, early education, and workforce assistance programs that benefit vulnerable children and families.
Her expertise includes regulatory and information collection policy. She also has eight years of experience working for the Office of Management and Budget. ... more
About the Author
Cecilia Fiermonte is director of child welfare policy at the Alliance. An attorney, she previously was assistant director at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, advocating for policy change and providing training and technical assistance.
She also previously:
- Supervised the child welfare program of the County Attorney's Office in Wyoming County, N.Y.
- Worked in research and evaluation at the Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children
- Represented children in family court matters ... more