Upcoming Webinars

Please note: All webinars are recorded. Archived recordings, powerpoint presentations, materials, and transcripts from Q&A are posted on our archived webinars page.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017, 1:00 PM – 2:15 PM EDT

PLEASE NOTE: This is a repeat of the September 21 webinar.

Title: Federal Policy Update on Child, Youth, and Family Homelessness
Description: This webinar will provide the latest updates on federal legislation related to child, youth, and family homelessness. Topics to be covered include the FY2018 budget; two new bills to improve access to higher education for homeless and foster youth; the reauthorization of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act; the Homeless Children and Youth Act (HUD Homeless Assistance reform), and the AHEAD Act (school-housing partnership legislation). Learn about the latest developments, get your questions answered, and find out what you can do to help.


  • Darla Bardine – Executive Director (National Network for Youth)
  • Barbara Duffield – Executive Director (SchoolHouse Connection)

Wednesday, September 27, 2017, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM EDT

Title: Federal Legislation to Promote Access and Success in Higher Education for Youth in Foster Care and Experiencing Homelessness

Description: This month, two important pieces of legislation will be introduced in Congress to promote higher education success for youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care, “Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act” and “Fostering Success in Higher Education Act.”  These bills seek to address barriers to higher education access and success by streamlining access to existing financial aid, enhancing assistance and support for retention and completion, and improving collaboration, outreach, and data collecting.  Opportunities are also provided for institutions to establish or expand statewide initiatives to assist foster and homeless youth in enrolling in and graduating from institutions of higher education.  

During the webinar, information will be provided on the content of both bills, the time line for introduction, and opportunities for support and advocacy.  There will also be a chance to hear from Congressional staff about the bills as well as an opportunity for questions. 


  • Barbara Duffield – Executive Director (SchoolHouse Connection)
  • Jenny Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director, Juvenile Law Center

Tuesday, October 10, 2017, 1:00PM – 2:15PM EDT

Title: Immigrant Students Experiencing Homelessness: Latest Developments and Resources

Description: Federal rules on immigrant youth and families are changing rapidly, from Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), to the rights of sponsors caring for immigrant youth, to enforcement actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This webinar will provide the latest information on rules, rights and responsibilities for undocumented students, sponsors and families. An immigration attorney will outline do’s and dont’s for schools serving immigrant students, and a McKinney-Vento liaison will share her practical strategies to help students and families.


  • Jessica Jones – Policy Counsel (Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service)
  • Roxana Parise – McKinney-Vento Liaison (Bellingham, WA)
  • Patricia Julianelle – Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs (SchoolHouse Connection)

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