11jan10:00 am11:30 amDismantling the Foster Care-to-Prison Pipeline


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The term “foster care-to-prison pipeline” refers to the pathways that make children and youth in the foster care system more likely than their peers to experience incarceration and justice system involvement. According to the Juvenile Law Center, 90% of youth with five or more foster placements will enter the justice system. In a separate study from the University of Chicago, over half of foster youth reported being arrested, spending the night in a correctional facility, or being convicted of a crime. Youth of color and LGBTQ+ youth, who are overrepresented in the foster care system, are disproportionately impacted by these outcomes. 

By engaging in courageous conversations, participants will learn how the foster care-to-prison pipeline impacts youth and families within systems of care. Further, participants will be inspired by the lived experience of presenters Yusef Preseley and Marquan Teetz, and will be called to action as the webinar asks them to imagine ways to dismantle the foster care-to-prison pipeline in their local communities. 

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Yusef Presley lived in foster care for over ten years. He moved between over one hundred foster homes and went from foster care straight to juvenile prison at the age of 16.

Marquan Teetz Marquan is a passionate activist who uses his voice for the voiceless youth. Advocating for juvenile justice, Marquan has worked with Walk of Resilience, Justice for Cedric Lofton (a 17yr old killed by the police in Wichita Kansas), and Soul Family Network.