FEBRUARY COMMUNITY FORUM: Santa Barbara’s Foster Youth: Are We Providing What They Need to Succeed?

Foster Children

FEBRUARY COMMUNITY FORUM: Santa Barbara’s Foster Youth: Are We Providing What They Need to Succeed?
DATE: February 20, 2019
TIME: 12 Noon to 2:00PM
LOCATION: Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library, 40 E. Anapamu St. S.B.

The League of Women Voters believes that taking care of all of our community’s children is of vital importance. We believe that early intervention and prevention measures are effective in helping children reach their full potential. The League supports policies and programs at
all levels of the community and government that promote the well-being, encourage the full development, and ensure the safety of all children, including family support services.

The League’s community forum will update us on the challenges to meeting the needs of our youth. The Forum Committee includes two community members who have been active in foster care reform: Gwyn Lurie, who chaired The Santa Barbara County Child Welfare Safety Net Task Force and served for 8 years as a member of the Montecito Union School Board, and Wendy Read, who is an attorney with local and state experience in foster care advocacy. The goal of this forum is education and awareness.

League members on the committee are, Mary Rose; Lindsey Baker, Co-President of Program and Advocacy; Pam Flynt-Tambo, co-chair of our Social Policy Committee and Vijaya Jammalamadaka, coordinator and VP Program and Advocacy. The committee has invited an expert panel of speakers who will be discussing Santa Barbara Foster Care’s challenges, trends, and hopeful solutions.

The panelists are:
* Kim Davis, Executive Director of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Santa Barbara County
* Steve Elson, PhD, 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

Gwyn and Wendy will introduce us to this important topic and give us an overview of Santa Barbara County’s Foster Care system. Panelists will share their unique perspectives on
this important topic and answer questions about challenges, trends and hopeful solutions from their experience and expertise. The forum promises to be enlightening and interesting. Please join us with your lunch at noon at the Faulkner Gallery, Santa Barbara Public Library. For more information, contact:
Vijaya Jammalamadaka, VPProgram@lwvsantabarbara.org