Community Conversation

The Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio, Women’s Advocacy Action Network will host its first Community Conversation: Montgomery County Youth Aging out of Foster Care into Homelessness, on December 8, from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., at the RTA Cultural Center, 40 S. Edwin C. Moses BLVD. The event, presented with funding from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, is free and open to the public.

Community Conversation: Montgomery County Youth Aging out of Foster Care into Homelessness is an opportunity to learn about the issues creating homelessness among youth exiting the foster care system. The entire community is encouraged to attend to find out the role each of us can play in helping youth successfully transition from foster care into adulthood.

Experts in the field, providers and former foster children will share their insights on creating solutions to the challenges foster care youth face upon aging out of the system.

The Women’s Advocacy Action Network, a network of the Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio, is facilitating the community conversation as part of its work in the area of juvenile justice. Children leaving the foster care system with no family or support system are at an increased risk of homelessness and / or incarceration. Additionally, the children are less likely to graduate high school or go to college.

Panelists leading the conversation include Barbara Turpin, Children’s Defense Fund – Ohio; Doris Edelman, Montgomery County Jobs and Family Services and WAAN Convener; Dionne Simmons, Center for Healthy Communities and WAAN Convener; Barbara Boatwright, Youth Engaged for Success and WAAN Convener; and, Rev. Vanessa Ward, Omega Baptist Church and WAAN Convener.

To learn more about the Community Conversation: Montgomery County Youth Aging out of Foster Care into Homelessness, contact Joyce K. Gerren, Montgomery County WAAN, 937-225-4725 or gerrenj@mcohio.org.

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