This is a Halibut Serving Bowl carved out of yellow cedar which is used to serve food to guests at Potlatches. Halibut are a major food source for my Kwakwaka'wakw people. This symbol represents factors that have driven me to engage with the MSW-Leadership program. I wanted to bring the voices of foster alumni adults into child welfare research, policy and practice.
I began this journey as someone who was naive and hopeful. I believed that lack of awareness around the plight of foster alumni adults, who are mainly indigenous, and the essential role that we can play in the renewal and re-development of child welfare services could be remedied solely through greater dissemination of this information. I had not considered the possibility that oppression and social stratification were contributing to maintenance of the status quo.
Pre-Program Foster Alumni Research Approach. speaks to the research that I conducted prior to applying to the MSW-L program.
My Application to the MSW - L Program describes my intention to bring foster alumni adult voices into child welfare research, policy and practice via my completion of the MSW-L program.
Foster Alumni Foundation Grant Application is a funding application based on the development of a foster alumni empowerment initiative.
Foster Alumni Foundation Practicum Project is my proposal to complete a practicum focused on promoting the empowerment of foster alumni adults.
Foster Alumni Perspectives in Research, A Literature Review is a review of existing literature which speaks to foster alumni experiences.