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NOVA Great Expectations, Fairfax CASA to host Fostering Futures Forum

Fostering Futures Forum
In partnership with Fairfax Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), Northern Virginia Community College’s Great Expectations will host a Fostering Futures Forum from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday, July 20 at NOVA’s Annandale Campus, 8333 Little River Turnpike, Annandale, VA 22003.

Governor Terry McAuliffe is expected to sign the state budget that includes language authorizing the Virginia Department of Social Services to implement Fostering Futures, Virginia’s extension of foster care services and adoption assistance for youth 18-21, beginning July 1.

During the forum, a panel of experts – including lawmakers, representatives from the Department of Social Services, Great Expectations, Voices for Virginia’s Children and Fairfax CASA – will explain how Fostering Futures will impact service providers and what this allows for youth 18-21. Of those expected to attend the forum, Senator Barbara Favola (D-31st district) will be present along with other state leaders from the Virginia Department of Social Services. Speakers will include Voices’ Senior Policy Attorney Amy Woolard, Em Parente from the Department of Social Services and Great Expectations’ Allyson Roberts. The forum will also allow any questions concerning the new development from community members and service providers.

NOVA Great Expectations focuses on the value of a college education as the best way to prepare for a career pathway and achieve independence. The program works with enrolled students to ensure their success in community college and beyond, connecting them to community resources, scholarship opportunities and other support. Fairfax CASA advocates for the best interests of each abused and neglected child referred by the Fairfax County Juvenile & Domestic Relations District Court through the promotion and support of quality volunteer representation.

Parking will be available for this event. More than 70 people are already expected to attend the forum, and space is limited. To register for this event, go here and for questions, email greatexpectations@nvcc.edu.

Media Contact: Raytevia Evans | 703.425.5839 | revans@nvcc.edu

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.