Regional Trainings

In Transition: Challenges Facing Maryland’s

Older Foster Youth

A free panel discussion on the unique challenges faced by Maryland’s foster youth and strategies for helping them transition to adulthood.

Monday, Feb. 10th 2014

Towson Public Library

320 York Road

Towson, MD 21204

6:30pm to 8pm

Panelists include:Molly McGrath-Tierney, Director of the Baltimore City Department of Social Services; Catherine Trotter, founder of House of New Beginnings; Emily Shappi, 2013 Open Society Institute Community Fellow with the Maryland Foster Youth Resource Center; Bethany Lee, Associate Director of Research at the University of Maryland School of Social Work; and Melissa Rock, Child Welfare Director at Advocates for Children and Youth.

More than half of Maryland children in the foster care system were over the age of 14  and one quarter (27%) are older than 17. These numbers indicate a growing population of older youth, many of whom will remain in foster care until they age out of the system. Child welfare advocates and service providers worry that this trend will worsen the already tough situation faced by Maryland’s foster youth, who exit the system without the support of a family.  Without family to rely on, these young people are at high risk for homelessness, joblessness, and other social ills.  Attend this panel discussion to learn how child advocates can help other foster youth successfully transition to adulthood.

Registration is Closed

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