Foster Care Awareness subject of event tonight

WomenConnect is hosting an awareness event about foster care in West Virginia at 6 p.m. tonight, March 12, in the Shawkey Dining Room in the Memorial Student Center.

Presenters will address current issues within the foster-care system of West Virginia, according to Dr. Laura Michele Diener, assistant professor of history and one of the organizers of the event. They also will discuss opportunities for internships and careers, as well as potential projects for service learning courses. The National Association of Social Workers will have an information booth.

Speakers will include Carrie Dawson, M.A., Public Relations Director at Mission WV Inc.;  Jessa Dingess, B.S.W., Child Protective Services worker at the Department of Health and Human Resources; Julia Kesler, M.A., LSW, Director of Permanency Services at Children’s Home Society in Charleston; Rachel Kinder, M.S.W., Permanency Coordinator for the Mission WV Inc. FrameWorks Program; Jake Ross, permanency social worker at the Children’s Home Society; Amy Sadler, child protective services worker at the Department of Health and Human Resources; Kristy Schnierlein of the Cammack Children’s Center; and Nikki Thomas from the Golden Girl Group Home.

This event is free and open to students, staff and faculty, as well as the community. It also is sponsored by Marshall’s Center for Teaching and Learning, Women’s Center, Women’s Studies program and Service Learning program.