Partners and Advisors

Partners and Advisors of the Education Equals Partnership talk about the importance of education in the lives of students from foster care, and how the Education Equals Partnership is enabling better outcomes for youth in school and life.

Dalvin Baker, Education Liaison Supervisor, Fresno County Dept. of Social Services

The Education Equals Partnership approach is unique because there is support to help advocate for the youth, and the youth are part of the decision making process.

Morgan Bond, Education Liaison, Orange County

When working with students from foster care teamwork is essential, and the foster youth need to be a part of that team.

Laura Faer, Statewide Education Rights Director, Public Counsel

It is important to ensure adults are working together for foster youth and creating a student-centered education plan.

Michelle Francois Traiman, Assoc. Dir. of Child Welfare, Stuart Foundation

Helping youth from foster care achieve success is not a “one size fits all” process. Each youth is unique and needs an individualized approach to identify and support their greatest strengths and biggest dreams.

Tricia Gonzalez, Program Mgr. Fresno County Dept. of Social Services

The Education Equals Partnership approach connects child welfare and education to think about best practices for students from foster care.

Jesse Hahnel, Director Foster Youth Ed Initiative, National Center for Youth Law

Students from foster care need the same things every child needs to be successful in school – people who know their strengths and needs, and an adult champion who really cares about their future.