Supporting foster youth in educational environments


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Supporting foster youth in educational environments

  1. 1. CONTACTSSarah Goins, MA , Independent Living SpecialistStark County Job & Family Services, Children Services Division(330)451-8899 goinss01@odjfs.state.oh.usMerri Miller, Student and Former Foster YouthStark State Collegemerimiller@ymail.comTerryl Swejk, M.Ed., Special Education Consultant State Support Team Region 9330-492-8136 x1313 2
  2. 2. WHO ARE WE…We are a group ofcitizens,professional andotherwise, who Meeting with you today arecomprise a representatives from acommittee that sub committee of theserves to advise Stark County FamilyJob and Family Services PlanningServices about Committee. The sub-issues that are committee focuses on issues that aresalient in the areas pertinent to childrensof child support, services.public assistance,and childrenservices. Stark County Family Services Planning Committee 3
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  4. 4. THE COMMITTEE’S GOALS…AND YOURS?To make Foster Youth aware early in their life aboutfuture career options such as a four year college,community college, vocational training, job corps,etc. To prepare Foster Youth to qualify and achieve those career options. To provide Foster Youth with the necessary support and assistance in enrolling and transferring into their post secondary career plan. To ensure that all foster youth entering into post secondary educational options are assigned a mentor. 5
  5. 5. How do we out? 6
  6. 6. PLANNING STEPS1. Identified stakeholders in Stark County  Middle School & High School Counselors  Colleges & Universities  Community Agencies2. Planned an Event  Considerations:  Free materials and resources  Time: academic calendars; early or later in the day  FOOD  Certificate of attendance  Brief (2 hours)  Networking opportunity  Meeting kids and hearing stories 7
  7. 7. Supporting Foster Youth in Educational Environments First Christian Church Thursday, October 6, 2011 7:45 A.M. – 10:15 A.M.I. Welcome Nedra Petro, Deputy Director, Stark County Job & Family ServicesII. Supporting Foster Youth for Success Susan Kunkle, Ph.D., Kent State UniversityIII. A Foster Youths Journey from Middle School to Higher Ed Lisa Dickson, Foster Care Alumni of America - Ohio Chapter Panel Session: Questions & Answers Former Foster YouthIV. Next Steps: Where Do We Go from Here? Terryl Swejk, Secondary Transition Consultant, SST-9V. Questions/Closing Julie Hayslip & Sarah Goins, Independent Living Specialists, Stark County Job & Family Services 8 Lisa Dickson, Foster Care Alumni of America - Ohio Chapter
  8. 8. STUDENT PANEL• What resources were available that made your educational pursuits more attainable?• Was there a person who reached out and made an impact on the quality of education you received?• What obstacles did you encounter that people may not realize exist for a foster youth seeking higher education?• What do you wish you had available to you in the past regarding your education?• Is there something you feel that hasn’t been enacted yet that would be of benefit
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  10. 10. OUTCOMES 11
  11. 11. • Collaboration between Canton South High School and the Independent Living Team• “Beat the Stats” College Night• College preparation for graduating seniors• Joined Region 9 Transition Council 12
  12. 12. ACTION PLAN DATA• Need for better communication between Stark County Job & Family Services and the schools.• Foster families and students would benefit from a SINGLE POINT OF CONTACT in each school building for questions or concerns related to foster youth.• Interested in follow up contact with the committee • Included sharing progress on Action Plan goals13
  13. 13. SUPPORTING FOSTER YOUTH IN EDUCATIONAL ENVIRONMENTS FOLLOW UP EVENT JANUARY 26, 2012Handout for schools:• What should I know if I have a middle school student in foster care?• What should I know if I have a high school student in foster care? 14
  14. 14. THANK YOU! 15