Fostering Success Coach Training History
The Fostering Success Coach Model was developed within the Seita Scholars Program, and is a campus support program for students with foster care experience at Western Michigan University. Development of the model began in 2008 and evolved over time by partnering with students who shared their experiences of attending college after having been in foster care. The model developers sought to ground their understanding of these student experiences in the most recent theory and research available, refined it by internal program evaluation, and shaped it by clinical-level scrutiny. In 2013 the FS Coach Training, which teaches professionals the Fostering Success Coaching Model, was piloted with over 50 professionals in Michigan; since then over 700 professionals across the country have been trained as Fostering Success Coaches.
In 2021, the Fostering Success Coaching Institute was formed to:
- Increase availability of high quality resources and expert training for professionals who are supporting students from foster care in educational settings.
- Increase numbers of trained, skilled professionals providing integrative support to youth and students from foster care or who have had adverse childhood experiences through the implementation of the Fostering Success Coaching Model.
- Increase numbers of youth and students from foster care or who have had adverse childhood experiences earning post-secondary degrees and becoming professionally employed.
- Create a strong and enduring networks addressing needs of youth and alumni of foster care in relation to higher education and career.
The Training is currently led by the Fostering Success Coaching Institute (FSCI). Since the Model was created at WMU with Seita Scholars’ faculty, staff and students and is used with a high level of fidelity among our coaches, the Seita Scholars Program is the lead Coaching Hub for FSCI.
If you are interested in the FS Coach Training,