Webinar archive

See our YouTube page for recordings of our Webinars. 

We will continue to post the most recent Power Point presentations here, but all video recordings will be posted to the YouTube page.

September 23rd, 2021

Dr. Regina Gavin Williams (North Carolina Central University School of Education)

Little is known about foster care adolescents’ readiness to engage in post-secondary education, their developmental needs during their college transition, and ways professionals can offer assistance (Unrau et al., 2012). A 10-week college and career readiness intervention program entitled, Students That Are Reaching Success (S.T.A.R.S.), was conducted for a study that addressed individual participants’ college and career readiness self-efficacy. S.T.A.R.S. was designed to prepare participants for post-secondary education options and career decision-making post-high school. The results of this study and its implications for both counseling and higher education professionals and researchers working with adolescents aging-out of foster care will be shared.

August 24th, 2021

Dr. Angelique Day (University of Washington School of Social Work), Dr. Sebrena Jackson (University of Alabama), and Dr. Lauren Ford (San Mateo County Community College District)

As ways are explored to expand support for foster youth in or aged out of care to access and graduate from college, a College Promise Program for this specific population could prove significant. Federal policy shifts and local state efforts have advanced progressively over the years, but there is more to be done to ensure degree completion for youth in or aged out of foster care. The purpose of this paper is to review promising college access and retention programs for foster youth, discuss key policies, including financial and economic, that impact college access and retention, and to highlight essential features of a College Promise Model for youth in or aged out of the foster care system.

April 21st, 2021

Dr. Jennifer Geiger (Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois Chicago) and Dr. Nathanael Okpych (University of Connecticut School of Social Work)

This presentation will discuss findings from a study using data from the National Youth in Transition Database (NYTD) that examined the roles that state-level policies and programs (e.g., tuition waivers, extended foster care, ETV, Chafee funding), youth-level participation in programs and services (e.g., financial assistance and education and employment training), and youth characteristics (e.g., gender, race, disability status) play in connectedness to education and employment at age 21 among youth with foster care histories.

March 24th, 2021

Royel Johnson, Assistant Professor & Research Associate, Department of Education Policy Studies, The Pennsylvania State University

This session will focus on the development and evolution of a cross-sector collaboration aimed to broadening college access for young people in foster care. Research and evaluation findings will be presented as well as practical recommendations for those interested in replicating this cost-effective program.

February 23rd, 2021

Dr. Sebrena Jackson is an Assistant Professor and MSW Program Director at The University of Alabama School of Social Work. Dr. Jackson’s practice and research focuses on online education and post-secondary education access for youth transitioning from foster care, particularly pre-college programs.

Dr. Toni Naccarato is an Associate Professor at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB) in the Department of Social Work. Dr. Naccarato’s research focuses on emancipation, welfare, and human capital accumulation of at-risk adolescents in the areas of employment, education, positive youth development, and health and mental health, with a special focus on youth transitioning out of foster care.

The purpose of this study is to give voice to former youth in foster care in what their lived experience has been to achieve their educational goals, why the individual chose the social work profession, and what supports and services were available for them to achieve their social work career and educational goals. It is our hope that this information will change the narrative around the negative outcomes typically associated with youth in the foster care system and to help inform policies and practices to better serve youth transitioning from foster care to adulthood.

November 12th, 2020

Dr. Rachel Kirk is Texas A&M Corpus Christi’s Anchor Program Manager which includes the university’s foster student program, Island Harbor. Tyrese Tate is a current student at Texas A&M Corpus Christi and was part of the inaugural Island Harbor cohort. David Halpern is an assistant general counsel in the A&M System with responsibilities that include student affairs law. 

The Texas A&M System is blazing a trail for peer institutions across the state and nation.   It’s a partnership with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to provide food, shelter, and an education to Texas’ foster alumni at no cost to the students.   Supervised Independent Living has taken root in the Lone Star State.