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Foster Care Resources

Fostering Success at Collin College

We are currently developing a foster and adoptive support program called Fostering Success at Collin College, and we would like your help designing it! 

We would also like to check in with you to be sure you have all of the support you need as a current student. In exchange for your time and making strong grades this semester, we would like to offer a one-time $250 tuition and fee credit to foster care and adopted (via foster care) students that would be applied to your account in Spring 2022, pending you take at least 6 credit hours and meet the below requirements.

1) Meeting with one of us in-person or VIA Zoom for a 20-minute meeting and/or

2) Attending one of our brainstorming sessions to design the program at Collin AND

3) If you earn a 2.5 GPA this Fall semester

If you’re interested in participating, please contact Susan Karlsen or Kasey McKee via email (see below) and let us know how you will participate and what times/dates would be best for a meeting or group brainstorming session during the Fall semester. One of us will follow up with a phone call as well.

Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Meet Your Contacts!

Foster Care Liaison and Co-Chair of the Fostering Success Advisory Board

Susan K

Susan Karlsen         Email Susan at:          972-881-5750           Plano Campus - G117                       

Susan Karlsen completed a program at the Utah College of Massage Therapy, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Business with a concentration in Human Resource Management from the University of Phoenix. Susan felt a strong connection to healing as well as higher education, so she worked part time as a massage therapist and full time at the Steiner Education Group, where she was able to open new campuses in Arizona, Colorado and finally in Texas. Susan ultimately decided to resign from her position as Campus Director in February 2013 to become a foster parent in Texas. After completing the foster parent licensing and certification process, Susan started working at Collin College in February 2014 in the Financial Aid department, where she is able to help students attain the funding and benefits needed to complete their educational goals. Susan and her husband fostered 16 children over a period of 8 years, and adopted their son and daughter in April 2021. Susan still maintains relationships with most of the children and their families, and holds a current foster license to provide respite care for emergency situations. Susan was selected to be the Foster Care Liaison for Collin College, and is extremely passionate about continuing to help this particular group of students to utilize the available resources, achieve their educational goals at Collin College, and to instill fostering success for their future.

Co-Chair of the Fostering Success Advisory Board

Kasey M

Kasey McKee         Email Kasey at:          972-378-8687           Wylie Campus - CC125                       

Kasey is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with expertise in trauma, counseling, school social work, teaching, workforce development and student empowerment. She earned a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies: Psychology, Sociology and Gender Studies at UTD and a masters in social work at University of Houston. While working in several different high school, nonprofit, college and university settings supporting students reaching their dreams, a constant passion has been supporting youth involved with foster care. She and her husband were also licensed foster parents for teens in Texas and believes in creating communities of care because no one should have to do life without the support of others. While not being a proud social worker and advocate, Kasey enjoys eating out, meditation, podcasts, traveling and loves animals… especially her 3 dogs and cat.



Important Links and Resources - Click on the plus sign (+) next to any of the titles below to see a list of resources in that area.

Department of Family & Protective Services – Describes the Foster Care 
Exemption program, ETV, and tons of resources for individuals who were in the Foster Care system.

Medical and Behavioral Health Coverage

            Collin College Counseling Services

            Collin College ACCESS Office – Disability Services

            Collin College CougarCare – 24/7 Telehealth services

            Medicaid Coverage

            STAR Health Insurance

           Texas Youth Helpline

           National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

           National Sexual Assault Hotline

           Texas Benefits Center (Healthcare)


Public Benefit Program (Food & Housing) & Case Management Assistance & Counseling

            DFPS Regional Preparation for Adult Living (PAL) Coordinators

            DFPS Transitional Living Services


   – Find food assistance, help paying bills, and other free or reduced cost programs, including new programs for the COVID-19 pandemic

            Collin College Student Housing

            North Texas Food Bank

            5 Loaves Food Pantry

            Texas Benefits Center - Financial 

            Texas Benefits Center - Food Benefits

            Texas Benefits Center - Housing

            One Simple Wish

            Dreammakers Project


Parenting & Childcare Resources

             Collin College Child Care Services

             Texas Workforce Solutions Child Care Services

             Child Welfare Information Gateway – Supporting Pregnant & Parenting Teens

             Texas Benefits Center - Childcare


Employment Assistance

            Collin College Student Employment

            Collin College Career Services    


Financial Counseling & Tax Preparation

            Collin College Taxpayer Information – The new Hope Scholarship Tuition Tax Credits

            IRS – Get Free Tax Prep Help

            IRS Dallas – Free Tax Preparation


Transportation Assistance

            DART – Go to school on a Full Ride – at a Reduced Rate!

            Texas Health & Human Services – Medical Transportation Program


Student Academic Success Strategies

            Collin College Maximizing Academic Progress Program (MAPP)

            Collin College First Year Experience (FYE)

            Collin College Academic Advising

            Collin College Tutoring Resources

            Collin College Student Engagement

            Collin College Academic & Personal Support Services

            DFPS Career Development and Education Program




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