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New Mobile App Focuses on Tools for Foster Families

  Cindy Simon, East Valley High School Principal Carrie Allen and Bill Simon  

(From left) Serita Cox, iFoster; Fawnda Sandoval, MSW, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services; Jeanne Pritzker; Dr. William Saltzman, UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center; Annika Taber, UCLA Guardian Scholar; Joshua Wilson, UCLA TIES for Families; Maria Colindres, UCLA Guardian Scholar; Dr. Audra Langley, UCLA TIES for Families; Dr. Patricia Lester, Nathanson Family Resilience Center; Winnie Wechsler, Pritzker Foster Care Initiative.
Photo: Samuel Martinez

The UCLA Nathanson Family Resilience Center held a special launch of its newest mobile application, FOCUS on Foster Families, on April 28, 2015, at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The app provides foster youth and their caregivers with a tool to develop connections, provide information and build resilience skills as they navigate common challenges. Designed in partnership with the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation, the app was created and developed through a collaboration of family- and youth-resilience experts, foster youth, foster caregivers and community providers and leaders.

The event included a panel discussion, during which the app was introduced to attendees, on the important role of innovative technology for enhancing the wellbeing of foster youth and their caregivers. Community partners, many of whom were involved with the development of the app, hosted tables during the networking reception that showcased their ongoing work with foster youth. Jeanne Pritzker, Carol Block, other campus leaders and faculty and Bruin Guardian Scholars attended the event.

For more information, contact Alan Han at: (310) 825-1546

Click to download the FOCUS on Foster Families app here or at Apple iTunes or Google Play.



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