DSW Candidate – Jasmine Thomas, MSW, 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM


Virtual Showcase of DSW Scholars 2024 Event!

It Takes a Village: Exploring How Continuing Education and Resource Utilization Helps to Guide Discussion Making Around Foster Children Prior To Aging Out of Care

DSW Candidate – Jasmine Thomas, MSW

Tuesday, April 23, 2024

2:30 PM – 3:45 PM Eastern Time Zone

Credit Hours: 1.0


It Takes a Village: Exploring How Continuing Education and Resource Utilization Helps to Guide Discussion Making Around Foster Children Prior To Aging Out of Care

Foster care is a complex and often overlooked aspect of our society. When children are placed in foster care, it is usually due to circumstances beyond their control. These children often come from traumatic and unstable backgrounds, and the foster care system becomes their temporary home.

However, one of the biggest challenges these children face is aging out of the system. As they reach the age of 18, they are expected to suddenly become independent adults, without the support and guidance that a stable family provides. By utilizing the CANS tool along with additional strength-base resources, foster children are equipped with the resources needed to navigate the challenging process of transitioning out of care.

This capstone will examine the implications for children aging out of foster care and the implementation of systematic research and interventions to address this issue. It will also examine the various strategies and interventions that have been successful in promoting continuing education and educational support. It takes a village to raise a child, and this is especially true for children in foster care.

By coming together as a community, investing in their education, advocation and utilizing available resources, foster youth will have a positive and successful transition to adulthood.

Learning Objectives:

  1. To highlight the role of the community in supporting foster children as they age out of care.
  2. To promote proactive and informed decision making when it comes to the future of foster children by emphasizing the importance of continuing education and resource utilization.
  3. To analyze the lack of resources and permanency placements for aged out youth, which can result in homelessness, lack of education, and potential involvement with Child Protective Services in the future.

Delivery Method: Live Interactive Training via Zoom Video Conferencing

Credit Hours: 1.0 (ACE)

Target Audience: This conference is intended for social workers and students.


Accreditation: University of Kentucky College of Social Work, Provider # 1377, is approved as an ACE provider to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Regulatory boards are the final authority on courses accepted for continuing education credit. ACE provider approval period: 9/29/22-9/29/25. Social workers participating in this conference will receive up to 15 general continuing education credits.

Claiming CE Credit: Instructions for claiming CE credit will be disseminated at the beginning of each session.

Questions: If you have any questions regarding CE credit or to report a grievance, please contact Melissa Whitaker at melissa.whitaker@uky.edu. For technical assistance, please contact lmshelp@uky.edu.