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FACES: Foster Care Alumni Creating Educational Success


Being a college student is hard, and everyone needs support. FACES is here to make sure you have that support. If you are a student who was involved in the foster care system and you're now attending Texas State or thinking about attending Texas State, we're here for you. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact FACES faculty and staff.

The mission of FACES is to create a campus-wide network of support to assist students who grew up in the foster care system achieve educational success by focusing on recruitment, retention, and graduation.
Mentors and advocates provide support to foster care alumni through FACES in a variety of ways. Mentors receive specific training on the needs and strengths of foster care alumni. Mentors promote positive relationships and connection, as well as advocacy and support.  Advocates are MSW interns who partner with the Retention Management & Planning office to provide support and engage students and mentors. They also help manage the mentor/mentee relationship. If you would like to request a mentor, please complete the form below. If you have any questions, please email

Contact a Member of the FACES Team

Dr. Christine Norton

Associate Professor, School of Social Work

Foster Care Liaison

Dr. Toni Watt

Professor, Sociology

Terence Parker

Associate Director, Retention Management & Planning

Miguel Arellano Arriaga

Coordinator, Retention Management & Planning