Reflections on Foster Youth and Education: Finding Common Ground


  • Tonya Glantz
  • Melinda Gushwa


child welfare, educators, interprofessional collaboration, foster care


It was during the winter of 2010 that Tonya Glantz, Child Welfare Institute, and Melinda Gushwa, Rhode Island College School of Social Work, discovered their shared passion for supporting school success for students in foster care. Tonya Glantz shares The Education Collaboration Project (ECP), a model she developed for engaging participants from overlapping systems in a critical discussion and problem solving process. Melinda Gushwa shares reflections from more than two decades as a child welfare worker, forensic pediatric medical social worker, educator, and child welfare researcher. Their joint interest led the duo to present a workshop, Bridging the Education-Child Welfare Communication Gap: A Model for Cross-System Collaboration, at the 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. This narrative uses the practical and research experiences of its authors to explore the benefits of interprofessional curricula and interprofessional teams as resources for supporting child welfare and education professionals in their joint service to students in foster care.




How to Cite

Glantz, T., & Gushwa, M. (2017). Reflections on Foster Youth and Education: Finding Common Ground. Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping, 19(4), 15–23. Retrieved from