Seventh Annual LSU School of Social Work Family Impact Seminar

May 6, 2015 | 9:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | LSU Energy, Coastal and Environment Building


Brought to you by the LSU School of Social Work and LSU Office of Diversity, the Family Impact Seminar will provide non-partisan education on the barriers to college success including homelessness and housing instability among youths who age out of foster care.

Less than 5% of youths who age out of foster care enroll in college. Of those who do enroll, only 10% actually obtain a college degree. This seminar will discuss the barriers that these youths face in their postsecondary education and solutions to eradicate these barriers.

This seminar will feature national experts in the field of assisting former foster youth to achieve their education goals: John Seita, PhD - Michigan State University; Angelique Day, MSW, PhD - Wayne State University; and Mr. Chris Harris - Seita Scholars Program, Western Michigan University.

A panel of former foster youth will share their real life success stories. A panel of higher education administrators will discuss university-level actions that can be taken to support students who have aged out of foster care.

Seminar participants will learn how to:

  • understand the unique needs of college students who have had a history of foster care
  • receive information on existing services and funding for students in postsecondary educational programs who aged out of foster care
  • develop a model of services that can be implemented at various institutions to bolster college and postsecondary success among students who have aged out of foster care.

If you support or work with children in foster care, impact him or her by becoming knowledgeable of resources available to further education. If you are in the following professions, plan to attend this free seminar.

  • Higher education administration
  • Social workers working with foster youth
  • Academicians  
  • DCFS professionals
  • School guidance counselors
  • College admission counselors
  • University student services professionals

Register here.