Fostering Futures: A Forum on the CalYouth Study Findings

Fostering Futures: A Forum on the CalYouth Study Findings

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Japanese American National Museum

100 N Central Avenue

Los Angeles, CA 90012

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Please join us for an event examining the second wave of results from the California Youth Transitions to Adulthood Study (CalYOUTH).

May 10th, 2016
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Japanese American National Museum in Los Angeles

These survey results include perceptions of foster youth and caseworkers on the adequacy and quality of services for young adults in extended foster care. The study provides invaluable data on education, employment, housing, financial stability, personal well-being and relationships.

This event will include presentations and panels with Dr. Mark Courtney and his colleagues from Chapin Hall to facilitate a dialogue with stakeholders from Southern California on the policy and practice changes needed to improve the trajectories of youth in care.

*Please RSVP by registering for a free ticket at the top of this page. Last day to register is May 6th 2016 at 5:00 PM.

Live-streaming of the event will be available on and the i.e. comm youtube page. Please note that no sign-in is required to view the live-stream.

This event was made possible by a grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.


9:00-9:30am Attendee arrival and registration, light breakfast will be served. 9:30-9:45am

Welcome and introduction to the CalYOUTH Study.


Connected or Not? Youth’s Connections to Positive Social Institutions.

  • Nate Okpych; CalYOUTH Researcher, University of Chicago
  • Barry Fox; CWS Manager, County of San Diego
  • Debbie Raucher; CA College Pathways Project Manager, John Burton Foundation
  • Maria Serrano, Youth

How is it Going at Home? Homelessness, Housing, and Housing Supports.

  • Dominique Mikell; CalYOUTH Researcher, University of Chicago
  • Maurissa Sanders; Housing (THPP/THP+FC) Program Manager, Los Angeles County DCFS
  • Luis Madrid; Associate TAY Division Director, Aspiranet
  • Steven Ambrocio, Youth

Box lunches served (Vegetarian and Vegan options available).


It’s More than Just Survival!: Youth’s Health and Well-Being.

  • Kune Park; CalYOUTH Researcher, University of Chicago
  • Candy Caceres, Director of TAY Services, Children's Institute, Inc.
  • Lynn Kleist; Health Care Services Chief, Orange County,
  • Kamari Wells, Youth

Romantic Relationships and Parenting.

  • Brooke Stevenson; CalYOUTH Researcher, University of Chicago
  • Donna Fernandez; Program Manager, Los Angeles County DCFS
  • Barbara Facher; Health Care Social Worker, Alliance for Children’s Rights
  • Asia Powe, Youth
2:30-2:45pm Break. 2:45-4pm

Bringing it All Together.

  • Mark Courtney; Lead CalYOUTH Researcher, University of Chicago
  • Rochelle Trochtenberg; California State Ombudsman for Foster Care, California Department of Social Services

  • Hon. Michael Nash; Director, Los Angeles Office of Child Protection
4pm Closing.

Panelists to include:

  • Chapin Hall researchers
  • Representatives from County Child Welfare Agencies in Southern California
  • Current and Former Foster Youth
  • Program leaders from youth serving programs in Southern California

Some facts about the CalYOUTH Study and AB 12:

  • This study is being done over a 5-year period from 2012-2017.
  • Over 700 youth are participating as they make the transition to adulthood.
  • The average age of youth at the first wave of findings was 17, the second wave of findings reflect the group at 19 years of age and eligible for extended foster care.
  • The second wave of results will give insights as to how the youth surveyed, including those who have remained in care and those who have left, progressed in different home environments.
  • The study includes a “Youth Report” with perspectives from youth in care highlighting their needs.
  • A “Caseworker Report” provides an examination of extended foster care from a caseworker perspective and valuable insights into the service context created during youth in care’s transition to adulthood.
  • Both reports include information on youth's education employment, health, housing, parenting, and general well-being.
  • For more informatin go to


Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

-Please e-mail

What are my parking options getting to the event?

-Parking is available at nearby public parking lots for a nominal fee (average $4–$7 all day depending on the lot).

What are my public transportation options getting to the event?

-The Japanese American National Museum is near the Little Tokyo/Arts Disctrict stop on the Metro Gold line. The Museum is also easily accesible by DASH and Montebello Bus Lines.

Is my registration/ticket transferrable?

-Please contact us about tranferring your registration. We'll be happy to help you if you can't attend but would like a representative to come in your place.

Do I need to bring a paper ticket or registration number to get into the event?

-No. Please just give your first and last name upon arrival.

Can I update my registration information?

-Yes. Please update through the eventbrite website.

What are my lodging options for the event?

-There are many Hotels located nearby, including the Miyaka Hotel, the Doubletree Downtown, and the Millennium Biltmore. Unfortunately we do not have a group rate set up for any Hotel at this time as this event is intended for a local Southern California audience.