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The VCU School of Social Work and its Child Welfare Stipend Program hosted a panel discussion, Fostering Truth: A Conversation About Best Practices in Working with and Engaging Youth in Foster Care who Identify as LGBTQ+, on April 28, 2021.

The panel session, available for viewing through the YouTube archive above, featured:

  • Mikaela Doench, M.S.W. student, Class of 2021
  • John Ruane, M.S.W. student, Class of 2021, and Child Welfare Stipend Program recipient
  • Kristen Caldwell, family services specialist (foster care/adoptions), Lynchburg Human Services
  • Maurice Gattis, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU School of Social Work
  • Em Parente (Ph.D.’11/SW), assistant director of policy & practice, Division of Family Services, Virginia Department of Social Services
  • Alex Wagaman, Ph.D., associate professor, VCU School of Social Work

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