Santa Barbara’s Foster Youth: Are We Providing What They Need to Succeed?
An overview of Santa Barbara County’s Foster Care system will be presented by Gwyn Lurie who chaired the Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Safety Net Task Force and served for eight years as a member of the Montecito Union School Board, and Wendy Read, an attorney with local and state experience in foster care advocacy.
An expert panel of speakers will be discussing Santa Barbara’s foster care’s challenges, trends and hopeful solutions, including:
Kim Davis, Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County
Steve Elson, Ph.D., CEO of Casa Pacifica Centers for Children & Families
Suzanne Grimmesey, MFT, Chief Quality Care and Strategy Officer, County of Santa Barbara, Department of Behavioral Wellness
Lillian Pipersburg, Retired Probation Officer, Foster Parent to over 200 children
Rochelle Trochtenberg, MSW, California Foster Care Ombudsperson
The community forum is cosponsored by the Santa Barbara Public Library and Santa Barbara TV. Sound provided by Gary Atkins Sound Systems. Live streaming is available on Facebook at @ LWVSB.Videos of this forum can be viewed at www.lwvsantabarbara.org on YouTube Channel as soon as available.
FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
Accessible parking is available at the public garage accessed from Anacapa Street next to the Library. Simultaneous Spanish translation provided by TransilPro.