Kim L. Foster
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Kim L. Foster is a former Coordinator for the Family Focus Resource & Empowerment Center (FFREC) at CSU, Northridge's College of Education, which is one of several nonprofit organizations in the state of California that serves families of individuals with special needs ages birth to 22.  As a Coordinator for school-age populations, Kim was responsible for assisting families and professionals in the Santa Clarita Valley through the dissemination of information and provision of resources and referrals, parent-to-parent support, training and workshops on various topics relating to special education, as well as engage in outreach and collaboration with service providers and school districts.

In addition to working with the FFREC, Kim has been a lay advocate and educational consultant in private practice for more than12 years, working with families, professionals and attorneys.  She began her journey advocating for family members in the K-12 public school setting.  In or about 2007, she was selected to be a member of the Education Panel & Committee for the Juvenile Division of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, which is comprised of special education attorneys and advocates, who are court-appointed to represent the educational needs of children in the dependency (foster care) and delinquency (probation) systems.

Kim has an educational background in child development, with a concentration in special needs.  She also holds a Bachelor of Art degree in both Sociology and Law & Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara as well as a graduate certificate in Special Education Adult Transition from The George Washington University.  In addition to holding memberships with several disability- and advocacy-related organizations and ongoing participation in professional development opportunities, Kim was selected and successfully completed the first cohort of the federally-funded Special Education Advocate Training (SEAT) Program in 2006.

Kim has also been the primary caregiver for school-age youth with multiple disabilities and is currently a court-appointed educational rights holder, which she has an interest in continuing on a volunteer basis for court-involved youth.