Tuesday, May 22, 2018 2:00 PM ~ 3:30 PM ET

Whether in or out of school, youth in foster care meet Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program eligibility requirements and the workforce system is equipped with services to guide and support them.  Partnerships between workforce and social service agencies can leverage resources and strategies to best serve these young people.  


Join the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, Division of Youth Services and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families’ Children’s Bureau for a joint webinar to learn more about how child welfare and workforce agencies together can develop strategies that benefit youth in care.

May is National Foster Care Month! During this time, we acknowledge those working to help youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections, and share resources to improve their outcomes. Youth in and transitioning out of foster care require various supports as they make their journey to adulthood, including quality employment, education, and career-readiness services.  This webinar will walk through the newly released MythBuster on serving youth in foster care created by the U.S. Departments of Education and Labor that debunks myths about serving foster care youth with WIOA funds. 

The webinar will also provide a state and local level example of practices and partnerships that impact the educational, employment, and well-being outcomes of foster youth being served through WIOA.  Presenters Gaye Vopat and Jen Troke from the state of Texas, and Krysta Esquivel and Sara Fox from San Diego, CA will share how they are prioritizing and partnering to best serve youth in foster care.


Sara Hastings, Unit Chief, Youth Policy and Performance, USDOL/ETA


Catherine Heath, Child Welfare Program Specialist, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau

Taffy Compain,CPM, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Children’s Bureau

Krysta Esquivel, MSW, Executive Manager, YMCA Community Support Services, San Diego, CA

Sara Fox,Manager of Programs, San Diego Workforce Partnership, San Diego, CA

Gaye Vopat,Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS)

Jen Troke, Lanette Johndrow & Ben Holquist, Texas Workforce Commission (TWC)