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Panel 5: Pregnancy & Parenting Among Foster Youth in Transition

Sarah Narendof, PhD, LCSW
Sarah Narendof, PhD, LCSW

Sarah is an Assistant Professor at the University of Houston. She has research expertise in marginalized youth and young adults, and has conducted research on pregnant and parenting young people in transition from foster care. Her areas of expertise, more broadly, are adolescent and young adult mental health, youth aging out of public systems of care, and psychotropic medication experiences among youth in care.

Linda Lausell Bryant, PhD, MSW
Linda Lausell Bryant

Linda Lausell Bryant is the Katherine and Howard Aibel Executive-in-Residence, Clinical Assistant Professor and Director of Undergraduate Field Learning at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. Prior to joining NYU’s faculty, she served 9 years as Executive Director of Inwood House, an agency serving pregnant and parenting teens. Dr. Lausell Bryant’s career spans 30 years in youth services including serving as associate commissioner for the Office of Youth Development at the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. At Inwood House, she convened a Citywide Dialogue on Teen Pregnancy with stakeholders from government child welfare, health, education, and poverty agencies, as well as research, philanthropy and policy agencies.

Rekisha Jones
Rekisha Jones

Rekisha Jones is currently a kinship foster parent for her 13-month-old niece Makenzie, along with her partner, Michelle. She works as a barista at Starbucks and is also working on going back to school to pursue a career in early childhood education. She was in foster care beginning in 1996, and aged out on her 21st birthday.

Michelle Washington
Michelle Washington

Michelle Washington is a 24-year-old foster parent of 13-month-old Makenzie, along with her partner Rekisha, and was a young person who aged out of foster care. She has experience in advocating for youth and in sharing her perspectives about foster care. She would like to pursue a career as an actor in the future.