Children in Care Summit Partner Organizations

NEARI Children in Care Summit
Saturday, May 20, 2023
NEARI HQ 99 Bald Hill Rd.

Children in Care Summit Keynote Speaker Dr. Jamie Bennett

Dr. Jamie Bennett
Keynote Speaker Dr. Jamie Bennett

Dr. Jamie Bennett has a decade of experience in direct practice, training, and consulting for organizations who aim to improve outcomes for young adults leaving foster care. She holds a doctorate in educational program development, bachelor's and master’s degrees in social work, and a coaching certification through the International Coach Federation. Dr. Bennett is the Executive Director of Cetera, a non-profit in St. Petersburg, FL, that aims to increase support for young adults leaving foster care in the Tampa Bay region.

Dr. Bennett spent seven years in kinship foster care as a teenager. During her time in foster care, she experienced several lasting, transformational relationships, including with her case manager and extended family. Because of this experience, Dr. Bennett has dedicated her career as a social worker and educator to increasing access to transformational relationships among youth in foster care. As a research practitioner and alumna of the foster care system, Dr. Bennett is dedicated to bridging research related to youth and student engagement to practical application for front-line youth supporters to improve outcomes for youth from foster care.

*Our previously scheduled speaker has experienced an unforeseen emergency and is unable to attend the summit. We wish her well and welcome Dr. Bennett to address our assembled educators and supporters of students in care.


8:45am Check in

9:15am Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jamie Bennett

10:00am Break

10:15am Panel Discussion - Lived Experiences: Barriers and Successes

11:15am Morning Workshop Breakout Option 1 Navigating Advocates: An introduction to understanding the State Run Departments that assist Children in Care (led by DCYF)

Morning Workshop Breakout Option 2 Trauma and Resiliency Informed Practices (led by Adoption RI and Family Service RI)

12:15pm Lunch (provided)

1:00pm Afternoon Workshop Breakout Option 1 The Deep Dive: An in-depth look at data and outcomes of Children in Care (led by Kids Count RI)

Afternoon Workshop Breakout Option 2 Partners in the Community: Family Care Community Partnerships (led by DCYF)

2:00pm Closing Remarks

Deepest thanks to our partner organizations who have engaged in the planning of this event:

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