• Health and Well-Being
  • Safety and Resilience

Hear findings from a just-released Child Trends qualitative study on how states and jurisdictions are utilizing and maximizing funding streams to better serve transition-age youth. Panelists will share an overview of the funding gaps and challenges identified by the eight jurisdictions interviewed for the report.  Opportunities to improve funding for services and supports for young people transitioning from foster care will be identified.  You will be asked to participate in an interactive discussion of the policy considerations and reflect on older youth funding and opportunities in your jurisdictions.  The session will conclude with Q & A and a group discussion around how to catalyze funding to enhance outcomes for youth exiting foster care.

Learning Objectives:

  • Current landscape of older youth in foster care
  • Qualities required for a child welfare system to operate well for older youth
  • Thoughts from peers and experts in the field on best practices in older youth programming
  • Funding options to support this work


  • Jessica Foster, executive director of strategic partnerships, Youth Villages
  • Kristina Rosinsky, research scientist II, child welfare, Child Trends
  • Lynn Tiede, consultant, LHT Policy Works LLC

Jessica Foster
Executive Director of Strategic Partnerships
Youth Villages

As executive director of strategic partnerships, Jessica Foster reports directly to Youth Villages’ CEO and oversees the organization’s national strategy, federal policy, and partnership efforts. Foster joined Youth Villages in 2011 and has held various positions leading strategy, business development, and government relations. In 2016, Foster took on her current role building partnerships with public child welfare agencies and private community-based organizations across the country to improve outcomes for older youth in foster care nationally. Foster joined Youth Villages from the Boston Consulting Group and formerly worked at the Monitor Group and as a legislative aide to U.S. Senator Arlen Specter, serving as a key adviser on foster care, adoption, welfare, economic development, public housing and nonprofit issues. Foster holds a master’s in business administration in marketing from The Wharton School and a bachelor’s in public policy from Brown University.

Kristina Rosinsky
Research Scientist II, Child Welfare
Child Trends 

Kristina Rosinsky is a Research Scientist II in the Child Welfare research area at Child Trends. She leads Child Trends’ biennial Child Welfare Financing Survey, which serves as a comprehensive guide to child welfare agency expenditures in the United States. Ms. Rosinsky also directs other child welfare financing-related projects at Child Trends, including a project that more deeply explored one state’s approach to child welfare financing, and a project focused on the financing of services and supports for older youth transitioning out of foster care. In addition to her substantial work on child welfare financing, Ms. Rosinsky directs a project focused on the provision of trauma-informed care and evidence-based trauma treatment, a project using human-centered design to develop a tool to promote the understanding of community connections in the home visiting context, and others.

Before joining Child Trends, Ms. Rosinsky worked at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University, where she managed the Juvenile Justice Reform and Reinvestment Initiative—a project designed to help states translate juvenile justice research into practice. Previously, at CJJR, Ms. Rosinsky managed certificate programs designed for local, state, and national leaders from juvenile justice, child welfare, education, and other child-serving agencies. 

Ms. Rosinsky earned a Masters of Public Policy at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Maryland, College Park with a Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics.

Lynn Tiede
LHT Policy Works LLC

Lynn Tiede is an independent consultant working with nonprofit organizations, government agencies and foundations to strengthen their programs and initiatives. Lynn has an extensive track record guiding successful collaborative efforts, impacting federal and state policy, organizing coalition-based initiatives, and managing multi-state program and evaluation projects. She is currently serving as Senior Policy Advisor for CHAMPS, a national policy campaign to promote quality foster parenting. Lynn also recently co-authored issue briefs on effective financing and implementation of evidence-based programs within the education and child welfare fields for Annie E. Casey Foundation’s Evidence2Success initiative. In recent years, she has worked with Boys and Girls Clubs of America Native Services Unit, U.S. Office of Adolescent Health, Wyman Center, and National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention.

Previously, as Policy Director for the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative, Lynn worked with staff, communities, national partner organizations and young adults in the execution of a common set of child welfare policy goals; and co-authored a series of publications on adolescent brain development and implications for child welfare policy and practice. Earlier in her career, as Policy Manager for Parents and Teachers National Center, Lynn led a national coalition of partners to work with Congress on the development and introduction of legislation for federal funding of home visitation programs. Lynn also has experience in education research, community development, and international democracy development.