The Ohio chapter of Foster Care Alumni of America had the honor of facilitating the resource panel for foster parents. Panelists included three foster care youth, two foster care alumni and three organizational representatives from Ohio Reach, Capital Law School's Foster Youth Advocacy Clinic and the Ohio Benefit Bank.
The focus was on resources to support teens in foster care before and during their transition into young adulthood.
Youth and alumni did a wonderful job during the OFCA conference:
- They presented themselves in a professional manner
- They were positive in the delivery of their message
- They were well-prepared, and the time they took to prepare led to their message being effective
Foster parents were very receptive, and post-panel conversations were productive. Several foster parents expressed interest in taking youth in their care (ages 15+) to upcoming teen conferences.