2016 Teen Conference

Thank you to all who joined us on June 29th, 2016 to connect, learn & have fun at Thomas College in Waterville, Maine!


The 26th Annual Teen Conference for youth in Maine’s Child Welfare System and the adults who care for them was held on June 29, 2016, at Thomas College. One-hundred-forty individuals attended this year’s conference, themed “#FosterStrong”. Our keynote speaker, George Duvall shared his experience of navigating the system with passion and was filled with positive encouragement, emotion, education and of course, humor. Young people who attended the conference stated that they had the opportunity to learn that leadership skills, that their voice is important and that they are not alone.

We were very excited for Jim Martin, Director of Child and Family Services, Maine DHHS to be on-hand to sign the Normalcy Bill of Rights.

Morning Team Building helped set the tone of #FosterStrong!
Morning Team Building helped set the tone of #FosterStrong!
This year’s Photo Booth sure captured some fun moments!

Youth Leadership Advisory Team (YLAT)

YLAT is a joint project between Maine’s Youth in Foster Care, The Maine Department of Health and Human Services, and the Muskie School at University of Southern Maine. YLAT is committed to improving the short-term and long-term outcomes for youth who are or have been in foster care.

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YLAT, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, PO Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104-9300, phone: 207-780-5861