The Great Expectations initiative gets a big boost Sept. 13 from visits from two huge advocates for foster care youth — Virginia’s First Lady Anne Holton and best-selling author Andrew Bridge (Hope’s Boy).
They’ll be participating in an Education Forum with area foster youth, representatives from Social Services agencies, and Great Expectations advocates from Virginia’s Community Colleges on Saturday morning in an event that’s free and open to the general public (register here). The event will be held from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens.
Foster youth will get a chance to talk to the First Lady and the best selling author during the forum. Andrew Bridge spent 11 years in Los Angeles County foster care, and his book chronicles his experiences. He’ll also be signing copies of this book.
Virginia has 8,000 children in foster care, and among the worst records in providing permanent family support for those who age out of the foster care system.
The Education Forum provides some “focus” for the difficult issues surrounding foster youth, and Virginia’s Community Colleges are working to help them get the education and support they need to succeed.