The Delaware Independent Living Program invites current and former foster youth ages 14 years and older to attend the 15th Annual YAC Conference on August 2, 2017.


Registration is now closed.

Key Note Speaker:  Dr. Julia S. Charles

Key note speaker Dr. Julia S. Charles
As a former foster youth spending ten years in the system, Dr. Julia S. Charles is no stranger to the lasting effects of life in the child welfare system.  As a result, she has spent the earlier part of her adulthood advocating for foster youth through her work as a volunteer, speaker, and author.  Julia is a graduate of Bennett College (2008), where she finished with a BA in English. She received an MA in English and African American Literature from North Carolina A&T State University, as well as an MA in African American Studies from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst (UMass). Julia received a Ph.D. in African American Studies from UMass in March 2015. It is her hope that her academic accomplishments will encourage current foster youth to see higher education as an option for creating a successful life after foster care. Her book, Surviving the Storm: The Life of a Child in Foster Care, is an easy-to-read, personal journey of the author’s life in foster care. She also shares stories of those who made a difference in her life and how.