Centering Black Girlhood: Perspectives from Foster Care

Four black women and girls in play together.

Centering Black Girlhood: Perspectives from Foster Care

May 29th, 2024 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM ET

Focusing specifically on the experiences of Black girls impacted by the foster care system, this presentation delves into the intersectionality of race, trauma, and foster care. Drawing upon the framework of ecology, we will explore the intricate relationships between the historical legacies of slavery and the contemporary realities of foster care. By acknowledging this connection, we aim to uplift interventions that prioritize the prevention of further trauma on Black bodies within the social services realm.

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As a result of this webinar, learners will:

  • Explore the Ecological Systems Theory through the examination of healthy vs. neglectful Ecological Systems and its intersectionality to Black girls in the foster care system 
  • Understand the unique challenges faced by Black girls in the foster care system at disproportionate rates, including disparities in:
    • Overrepresentation
    • Access to equitable resources
    • Placement instability and/or dual systems involvement
  • Examine strategies and best practices for supporting and affirming Black girls in foster care, such as culturally affirming services, trauma-informed care, mentorship programs, and community-based interventions

Our Presenters

Martine Jones (she/her) is a Training and Capacity-Building Associate, Youth Justice based in Los Angeles, known as the traditional ancestral territory of the Tongva people. She is passionate about holistic practices to approach the mental health of intersectional youth, inspired by her personal journey through the foster care system. She channels her expertise as a TA provider to champion research-informed and evidence-based strategies for prevention, intervention, and aftercare practices for RHY Program requirements.

Regina Dix (she/her) is a Training and Capacity-Building Manager at Youth Collaboratory, bringing over 15 years of passion and experience supporting youth and young adults across the education and youth services field. Regina believes that representation matters and through her own lived experiences, she strives to bridge the gaps of access, equity, and visibility, across systems that impact marginalized youth, including BIPOC youth with disabilities.


This project is supported by Grant # 15JDP-22-GK-04981 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the Department of Justice.