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Breaking the Cycle of Homelessness: Supporting Young Parents and Their Children
Families and their children who experience homelessness face a host of challenges and often have difficulty accessing the right services.

This webinar will focus on raising home visitor awareness of the policies and rights of infants, toddlers and families experiencing homelessness. Participants will learn about an innovative Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) demonstration project in Chicago. Listeners will also have an opportunity to hear from a St. Louis based, MIECHV home visitor, discuss the challenges and practical tips for working with for families experiencing homelessness.

The audience also will learn ideas for supporting policies that eliminate barriers and provide greater access to services to support pregnant and parenting youth. Additional learning resources will be identified for the field.

Featuring Patricia Julianelle, Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs at SchoolHouse Connection, Shawanda Jennings, Program Specialist, Illinois Birth to Three Institute, Ounce of Prevention Fund, and Tara Ervin a PAT MIECHV home visitor in St. Louis, Missouri. The host of the webinar is Lisa Foehner, Director of Advocacy at Parents as Teachers National Center.

Jul 24, 2019 12:00 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Patricia Julianelle
Director of Program Advancement and Legal Affairs @SchoolHouse Connection
Patricia Julianelle is an attorney and legal consultant for state and local governments and non-profit organizations. She has over 20 years of experience defending children’s and youth’s rights, including advocating for youth in the education, juvenile justice, child welfare, and immigration systems. Patricia is an expert on education law and policy, including the rights of children experiencing homelessness, students with disabilities and undocumented immigrants. She has worked with the National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth (NAEHCY), the National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty (NLCHP), among other organizations. Patricia graduated from Yale University and received her J.D. summa cum laude from Lewis & Clark Law School.
Tara Ervin
Certified Parent Educator @Show Me Strong Families PAT Program
Tara Ervin is a certified parent educator in the Show Me Strong Families, a Parents as Teachers program that serves young parents experiencing homelessness in the City of St. Louis. Her site is funded by the federal MIECHV home visiting program. Tara has 5 years of experience working with families in areas such as training life skills to foster youth, providing support and supervision for a drop-in center for at-risk youth. She also held a position as a community support specialist in a substance abuse treatment center. In that role, Tara supported clients by monitoring and coordinating their treatment. Tara is a skilled group facilitator.
Shawanda Jennings
Program Specialist @Illinois Birth to Three Institute, Ounce of Prevention Fund
Shawanda Jennings is a Program Specialist at the Ounce of Prevention Fund Illinois Birth to Three Institute. Shawanda has over 20 years of experience in the field, where she has worked with DCFS youth in care, children and families experiencing homelessness, and PAT home visiting. Shawanda currently coordinates the Home Visiting for Homeless Families Demonstration Project funded by MIECHV, provides technical assistance to both Parents as Teachers and Healthy Families home visiting and doula programs, and is a trainer with the Ounce Institute. She is a graduate of University of Illinois at Champaign with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and a bachelor’s degree in Accounting from DeVry University.