Amy Dworsky is a Research Fellow at Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago whose research has focused on vulnerable youth populations including youth aging out of foster care, homeless youth, foster youth who are pregnant and/or parenting and dually involved youth. Dr. Dworsky is currently the PI for several projects including an evaluation of a program for dually involved youth and a home visiting program for pregnant and parenting youth in foster care. She is also working with colleagues on Voices of Youth Count, a national initiative aimed at increasing knowledge about runaway and homeless youth in communities across the US and on evaluation activities related to the Chafee Foster Care Independence Program. Dr. Dworsky has a PhD in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her most recent publications focus on the predictors of homelessness among former foster youth and child welfare services involvement among children born to youth in foster care.
Panel 6: Living Arrangements for Young Adults Transitioning from Care
Amy Dworksy, PhD
Denise Hinds, LMSW
As Associate Executive Director, Denise Hinds oversees all Good Shepherd’s Child Welfare residential and family foster care programs as well as several residential Juvenile Justice programs, and two supportive housing programs for young adults who have aged out of Foster Care. In 2002, Denise played a significant role in the development and implementation of the Chelsea Foyer the agencies first supportive housing program for young adults and one of the first programs of its type in the country. During her 30 plus years at Good Shepherd Services, Ms. Hinds has been instrumental in developing a variety of innovative youth development driven programs for young people. She serves on a number of citywide workgroups and initiatives and is certified as a New York State Licensed Master Social Worker as well as a Clinical Field Instructor.
Shantice is a 20-year-old young adult who is studying psychology at Borough of Manhattan Community College. As an aspiring psychologist, she wants to utilize her experiences to help guide the transitioning youth of future generations. She loves to sing and cook in her free time.