Ohio Reach



Thursday, October, 12, 2017,  from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM EDT
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Xenos Chrisitan Fellowship 
1390 Community Park Drive
Columbus, OH 43229

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William Murray, IV 
Ohio Reach 

Sonia Tillman
Differential Response and Special Project Manger ODJFS- Office of Families and Special Children



Fostering Pathways to Success: A Conference for Transitioning and Emancipated Foster Youth and Supporters 

Conference Registration: 8 am to 9 am
Conference Program begins at 9 am

The Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Reach network invite you to join us on Thursday, October 12, 2017, in Columbus, Ohio, for the 2017 Fostering Pathways to Success conference. This dynamic one-day conference will offer meaningful learning and networking opportunities for young adults ages 14 to 21 who are or were formerly in foster care. Workshops also will be offered for campus liaisons, college access professionals, workforce program professionals, foster parents and caseworkers. CEU's are pending for adult workshops. This conference is designed to help improve social, educational and employment outcomes for young people in foster care.

This year’s luncheon keynote speaker will be Inspirational Speaker, children's advocate, former foster youth, and professional model Melissa Roshan "MelRo" Potter. From the days of her tumultuous childhood spent in the foster care system, "MelRo" knew that she was meant for more than the abuse she faced, sometimes on a daily basis. She is involved with several international campaigns that benefit foster-children. From teaching workshops on Trauma Informed Care and Adverse Childhood Experiences, her "voice" has been seen on TED Talks, T.D Jakes Show, Havard.com and more. 


Current and Former Foster Youth, Higher Education Professionals, Child Welfare Professionals, Technical School Professionals, Legal Professionals, Government Administrators, and Foster Youth Advocates.

*For Adults Only - By registering for the 2017 Conference, you give the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and Ohio Reach permission to use your photograph in future publications.

Sessions for Foster Youth and Alumni will include:

  • Nationwide Children's Hospital Fostering Connections Health Clinic
  • The Pursuit of Stable Housing 
  • Suits for Success
  • Apprenticeship & Career Demonstrations
  • College Fair and Post-Secondary Options
  • Tenants Rights and Responsibilities
  • Bridges
  • Ohio's Opiates Crisis 
  • Take your Future from Vision to Reality
  • What's Cooking in your Future?

 Sessions for Adults will include:

  • Bridges and the Opportunity for Ohio's Young Adults
  • Resilience: The Biology of Stress & the Science of Hop (ACE's) *2hr session
  • 3,2,1, Preparing Foster Youth for the Higher Education & Post-Secondary 
  • Building Ohio's Youth Recovery Continuum of Care
  • Managed Care Benefits
  • NYTD

For Additional Information, Contact: 

William Murray IV - Director of Ohio Reach, william@pcsao.org or

Sonia Tillman - Differential Response and Special Project Manager Sonia.Tillman@jfs.ohio.gov

Deadline for Registration is October, 6, 2017 Register early to secure your spot.

Please Note: If you are registering a current foster youth, please do not register them through this site. Instead, email Shelly Boyd the details of the youth that will be attending at Transitional-Youth-Programs@jfs.ohio.gov  

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