‘Making Extended Care Work for Foster Youth in Transition: The State of the Evidence’ will focus on key issues impacting young adults ages 18-21 in foster care, bringing together leading researchers, policymakers, program leaders, and young people to summarize our collective knowledge and to discuss policy and program development intended to improve the lives of youth in foster care as they transition to adulthood. The conference will focus on education, employment, living arrangements, health, mental health, youth engagement, social connections, and parenting to examine outcomes for young adults who are transitioning to adulthood in extended care. Multidisciplinary leaders from throughout the United States and abroad will come together in New York City to share insights, network, and ultimately build understanding of how to improve care for youth in extended foster care.
Making Extended Care Work for Foster Youth in Transition: The State of the Evidence
On April 18 – 19, 2016, the New York University’s Silver School of Social Work will host the conference ‘Making Extended Care Work for Foster Youth: The State of the Evidence.’ The conference will highlight new groundbreaking research on extending services for foster care youth as they become adults, while also featuring panels on the core developmental needs for all young adults to thrive in society, work, school, health, living arrangements, and social relationships among others. The conference was designed to highlight panels on each topic area which will include brief presentations from stakeholder groups (e.g., model program leaders, researchers, policymakers, and young people), followed by conversations with the audience around key questions and strategies to move forward services and ultimately lives of the young people who are transitioning from care to increased independence.
Leadership in the field of foster care youth transitioning to adulthood has led to a proliferation of research documenting the needs of this group of young people. Due to the important work of these scholars, many of whom will be speaking at this conference, the US Congress, and local and state governments have paid increasing attention to the plight of young people who are expected to ‘make it’ on their own after years of being cared for by the state. Approximately 25,000 young people age out of the foster care system a year. Until recently, these young people experienced an abrupt transition to life on their own with little resources and support. Due to the reality of this difficult transition, some states have extended care until 21 years of age so that these individuals have sustained support as they build the skills and knowledge needed to successfully transition to adulthood.
The ‘Making Extended Care Work’ Conference will convene professionals, students, advocates, media sources, researchers, and others from both states that have extended care and those who have not formally extended care to discuss critical issues surrounding this important policy and service provision issue.
The 2016 conference “Making Extended Care Work for Foster Care Youth: The State of the Evidence” will focus on key issues facing older youth and young adults who have been in foster care. The conference will focus on employment, education, health, mental health, youth voice and youth engagement in services, pregnancy and parenting, social relationships, among others. Professionals from throughout the United States will come together in New York City to build understanding, network with others, and share insights with some of the most prominent professionals working on this issue today, including Dr. Mark Courtney (Professor at the University of Chicago and Principal Investigator on the CalYOUTHstudy), Amy Dworsky (Research Fellow, Chapin Hall), Dr. Trudy Festinger (Professor of Social Work at New York University), Dr. J. Curtis McMillen (Professor at the University of Chicago), Michelle R. Munson (Associate Professor of Social Work at New York University), Dr. Michael Pergamit (Senior Research Fellow at the Urban Institute), Gladys Carrion (Commissioner of the New York City Administration for Children’s Services), John Pinkerton (Professor, Queens University, Belfast, Northern Ireland), and Linda Lausell Bryant (Clinical Assistant Professor of Social Work at New York University).
Funding for the Conference was generously provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.
Mark Courtney, PhD
School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Trudy Festinger, MSW, DSW
Professor of Social Work, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Amy Dworsky, PHD
Research Fellow, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Denise Hinds, LMSW
Associate Executive Director, Foster Care, Juvenile Justice and Supportive Housing Division, Good Shepherd Services
Julie L. Shapiro, MPP
Executive Director at The Door
John Pinkerton, BSSC, MSSC, MSC, CQSW, PHD, ACSS
Professor of Child & Family Social Work, Queen's University Belfast, Northern Ireland
Michelle Munson, LMSW, PhD
Associate Professor of Social Work, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Gladys Carrión, Esq.
Commissioner, New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS)
Curtis McMillen, PHD
Professor, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Susan Grundberg, MSSW, MPA
Executive Director and CEO at You Gotta Believe! The Older Child Adoption & Permanency Movement, Inc.
Michael Pergamit, PHD
Senior Fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute
Linda Lausell Bryant, MSW, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor; Director of the Undergraduate Field Learning Program; Katherine and Howard Aibel Visiting Professor and Executive-in-Residence, NYU Silver School of Social Work
Registration and Fees
- General Admission: $100.00
- Student: $75.00
Continuing Education Units
NYSED and ACE Approved for 10 Continuing Education (CE) Contact Hours.
In order to obtain the continuing education hours, all participants are required to complete a short post-event evaluation and learning assessment.
The Silver School of Social Work is recognized by the New York State Education Department's State Board for Social Work as an approved provider of continuing education for licensed social workers #0012.
This organization (NYU Silver School of Social Work, 1415) is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) www.aswb.org through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. NYU Silver School of Social Work maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 11/11/15 - 11/11/16. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in the course will receive 10 continuing education clock hours.
CANCELLATIONS AND REFUNDS
If after registering, you determine that you can no longer attend this event, The Office of Global and Lifelong Learning will issue refunds on the following basis:
- Refund requests made on or before April 11 (by midnight): full refund
- Refund requests made on or before April 14 (by midnight): 50% refund
- Refund requests made on or after April 15: no refund
In the instance of event cancellation, all registrants will be fully reimbursed.
If you can no longer attend this event and wish to be reimbursed, please complete the form located here.