- Wednesday, August 31
- 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM Registration and Information
9:00 AM – 10:15 AMOpening Plenary Session
- Opening Plenary
- Bending the Arc Toward Justice in Child WelfareLiveStreamIndependence A
Presenters:Corey Best, Family Engagement Manager, Healthy Start Coalition
Judge Richard Blake, President, National American Indian Court Judges Association
Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Youth Law Center
- The Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said: “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” We know, however, that the arc does not bend on its own. Through a series of talks, our speakers will demonstrate how all voices and perspectives are critical to ensuring a just, fully inclusive, and effective child welfare system. Our speakers will challenge participants to craft a new narrative for the child welfare system—a narrative that reflects our shared values of inclusion, respect, and compassion.
- About the Presenters
Corey Best | Family Engagement Manager, Healthy Start Coalition
Corey Best is a passionate and well-respected family engagement manager from Daytona Beach, Florida. As a young parent, Corey’s parental rights to his son were terminated as a result of his involvement in the system due to alcohol and drug addiction issues. Since that time, he has dedicated himself to making significant life altering changes, and he has been clean and sober for nine and one-half years. Corey also has a seven-year-old son named Corvin. Corey is a Family Engagement Manager with the Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler and Volusia Counties. In this role, he mentors families and helps them to more effectively advocate for themselves and navigate the systems. Corey is the birth parent recipient of the 2016 Casey Excellence for Children Award.
- Judge Richard Blake | President, National American Indian Court Judges Association
Richard Blake is the Chief Judge of the Hoopa Valley Tribe, contractual Chief Judge for the Redding Rancheria and Tolowa Dee-ni' Nation Tribal Courts, and is a member of the Hoopa Valley Tribe. He is the President of the National American Indian Court Judges Association and a member of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ). Chief Judge Blake, in cooperation with the NCJFCJ, leads a local School Pathways to the Juvenile Justice System Project, a collaborative effort to reduce referrals of youth to juvenile courts for school-based misbehaviors and to expand the use of positive disciplinary practices in schools. Chief Judge Blake is the former co-chair of the California Tribal-State Forum and current member of the California Federal-Tribal Forum by appointment of California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye.
- Jennifer Rodriguez | Executive Director, Youth Law Center
Jennifer Rodriguez initially joined the Youth Law Center as a Gold Foundation Fellow in 2007. As a former foster youth who also spent time in juvenile justice institutions, she wanted to do systemic legal advocacy on behalf of other children and youth who, like her, are growing up with a government agency as their only family. After the completion of her fellowship, Jennifer stayed on at YLC as a staff attorney, and in 2012 she took the reins as Executive Director.
- 10:15 AM - 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 12:00 PMBreakout Sessions
- Master Session
- How Housing Matters for Families in the Child Welfare SystemLiveStreamIndependence A
- Presenters:Michael Pergamit, PhD, Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute
Mary Cunningham, MPP, Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute
Marybeth (Beth) Shinn, PhD, Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education and Human Development
- Moderator:Sarah Hunter, Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- Inadequate housing, housing instability, and homelessness are all too common problems for families involved in the child welfare system, with enormous consequences for children, families, and the systems trying to help them. Stable housing is a crucial contributor to family economic success and to healthy child development. Homelessness is associated with family separations, poor health, exposure to violence, and stress. Communities across the nation are struggling to find solutions for family homelessness.
- What if housing could help child welfare agencies achieve the goals of improving child safety, permanence, and well-being, preventing entry or re-entry of children into care? This Master Session will highlight the findings from evaluations of three programs intended to help families obtain housing in order to keep families together and reduce involvement with the child welfare system.
- About the Presenters
- Michael Pergamit, PhD, a senior fellow in the Center on Labor, Human Services, and Population at the Urban Institute, is a labor economist whose research is focused on vulnerable youth. Pergamit also works on issues of integrating and accessing public benefits and services.
- Mary Cunningham, MPP, is a senior fellow in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute. Her research focuses on programs and policies that aim to end homelessness, solve the affordable housing crisis, and help people access opportunity.
- Marybeth (Beth) Shinn, PhD, is Professor of Human and Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of education and human development studies. She studies how to prevent and end homelessness and create opportunities for groups that face social exclusion.
- This important conversation will be moderated by Sarah Hunter, Policy Advisor in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
- Owning the Message: Creating a Focus on Prevention Around Films and Plays with a Child Abuse ThemeRoom
- Presenter:Janet Rosenzweig, PhD, MPA, Prevent Child Abuse America
- Film and theater are generally considered assets to the quality of life in a community; this presentation will share how they can become partners in prevention. Prevent Child Abuse America is the nonprofit partner to the producers of the film Paper Tigers, depicting the drastic changes in trauma-exposed students when the faculty at their school integrate the findings of the adverse childhood experiences studies. A discussion guide prepared by a panel of experts is in use nationally; that success inspired a second guide to accompany media with a child sexual abuse theme. Both guides and use suggestions will be shared.
- Re-Homing: Partnering to Address the Issues of the Unregulated Custody Transfer of Children/Youth After AdoptionRoom
- Presenters:Rosie Gomez, MA, Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families,
Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Trish Maskew, Trish Maskew, Office of Children’s Issues, U.S. Department of State
Carla Aaron, State of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services
- This workshop will provide background and perspective on the issue and practice of re-homing of children/youth from their adoptive homes and will inform attendees about collaborative action steps that have occurred through leadership from the U.S. Department of State along with the U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, and Justice; the Association of Administrators for the Interstate Placement of Children, and the National Association of Attorneys General. This collaborative work led to defining the most concerning aspects of this practice under the term “Unregulated Custody Transfers”.
- LGBTQ Youth in Child Welfare System–101Room
- Presenters:Mimi Laver, JD, American Bar Association
Amanda Williams, Foster/Adoptive Parent
- Working with a multidisciplinary audience, we can meet all types of child welfare professionals where they are and provide tips and tools they can use with youth who identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and/or questioning (LGBTQ) as soon as they get home. In this highly interactive workshop, concrete tools will be provided, along with a basic overview of LGBTQ issues at different levels of personal awareness.
- Integrating Peer Support Specialists in Child Welfare: Lessons from Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Teams (START)Room
- Presenters:Tina Willauer, MPA, Department for Community Based Services, Cabinet for Health and Family Services
Jeanelle Sears, MSc, MSW, University of Louisville, Kent School of Social Work
Sarah Avery, Department for Community Based Services, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services
- Incorporating direct support from peers in recovery into child welfare practice is an emerging strategy that acknowledges the dual need for child safety and engaging caregivers in services. This workshop shares lessons learned from the implementation of START, a model in which full-time peer support specialists are paired with child welfare social workers. Through lecture, role play, and discussion, participants will increase their knowledge of peer support specialist roles and the unique challenges and opportunities peer support specialists present in building and sustaining strong child welfare teams.
- Collaborative Practice for CQI SuccessRoom
- Presenters:Kerri Smith, Esq., LMSW, New York City Administration for Children’s Services
Heather Henderson, MSW, MUP, Collaborative Quality Improvement
- Continuous quality improvement (CQI) is an important approach to managing child welfare services, but it is the collaborative practice of CQI that makes improvements possible. This workshop will engage participants in an interactive collaboration exercise and help them learn how to apply collaborative practice to CQI work. Participants will learn about one example of collaborative CQI practice, the New York City Administration for Children’s Services’ Collaborative Quality Improvement model, as a demonstration of how collaborative teamwork can achieve performance improvements and system-wide change.
- Child Welfare Issues in Domestic Violence Cases: Addressing the Unique Needs of American Indian and Alaska Native FamiliesRoom
- Presenters:Victoria Sweet, JD, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Terri Yellowhammer, JD, Minnesota Department of Human Services
- Child welfare cases are emotional and difficult under any circumstance, but when domestic violence is involved they become more complex. Presenters will explore both the foundational information of how domestic violence impacts children and how the system treats domestic violence victims while also addressing unique issues that can arise when American Indian and Alaska Native children are involved. Understanding both statutory and cultural considerations will assist everyone in being more helpful to families in these difficult cases while also promoting statutory compliance. Suggestions for solutions will be discussed along with examples of programs that have been used in various communities.
- The Protective Factors Survey: Revising the Instrument to Better Capture Families’ Growth and ChangeRoom
- Presenters:Jessica Sprague-Jones, PhD, Center for Public Partnerships and Research, University of Kansas
Jacqueline Counts, MSW, PhD, Center for Public Partnerships and Research, University of Kansas
Casandra Firman, MEd, FRIENDS National Resource Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
- The Protective Factors Survey (PFS) is the only peer-reviewed valid and reliable instrument designed specifically to measure protective factors. While the PFS is widely used and valued in the field, practitioners face persistent challenges interpreting results for use with clients and for program evaluation purposes. In this workshop, we will describe our efforts to improve the PFS through extensive revision, field testing, and analysis. The workshop will include a breakout session to get participants’ feedback on the new instrument we are field testing this fall. Finally, we will offer some strategies for using the current PFS and interpreting the results.
- “I Am the Face of Success”: Peer Mentor Guidance on Engaging Birth Parents and Improving Child Welfare OutcomesRoom
- Presenters:Alishia Agee-Cooper, Washington State Parent Ally Committee
Dana Dildine, Washington State Parent Ally Committee
Kristina Jorgensen, Washington State Parent Ally Committee
John Martin, Washington State Parent Ally Committee
- Participants will learn from Washington State Parent Allies regarding what brought us into the child welfare system and what may have prevented our involvement. We will discuss how we got engaged in services, the barriers we faced with services, and how to engage birth parents early, which we believe leads to case success. We will describe the work we do with the Washington State Parent Ally Committee, the success we have had advocating for policy change, and why we think bringing a birth parent discussion to professionals is imperative to assist in the decrease of child abuse and neglect.
- Human Trafficking: Coordinating Community Supports and Estimating PrevalenceRoom
- Presenters:Jennifer Battis, MRes, Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc.
Darshana Spach, MEd, LSW, Hornby Zeller Associates, Inc.
- This presentation will provide an overview of Maine’s Statewide Human Trafficking Needs Assessment, including strategies for gaining perspectives of providers, law enforcement, and survivors, as well as how to generate realistic estimates of prevalence. Participants will consider their roles in changing their community’s response to sexual exploitation, as well as how to tactfully increase awareness of this topic.
- Skills Seminars
- What Does Quality Treatment Look Like? Identifying Effective Substance Use Treatment for Families in the Child Welfare SystemRoom
- Presenter:Alexis Balkey, BA, RAS, Children and Family Futures
- This session will provide child welfare workers with an understanding of the elements of quality substance use disorder treatment for families in the child welfare system so they can refer parents to more effective treatment providers in their community. The presenter will utilize a tool developed by the National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare to facilitate discussion on substance use disorders, the treatment and recovery process, and how to determine if a treatment program is appropriate for families involved with child welfare.
- Flourish! Strategies for Helping Families Grow and Thrive—Even in Difficult TimesRoom
- Presenters:Teresa Rafael, MSW, National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds
Corey Best, Birth Parent National Network
- What conditions make it possible for families to flourish even in challenging times? How is it possible for parents to grow and even be transformed by trauma and other adverse circumstances? Resilience doesn’t look the same for everyone. All families have strengths they may not recognize, and all can build protective factors in their lives. Participants will learn multiple approaches, from a staff and a parent leader perspective, for helping families expand their capacity. Join us if you want to take your work with families to a new level by recognizing strengths, honoring culture, and helping build protective factors.
- Policy Forum
- Ensuring Access to Trauma-Informed Evidence-Based Mental Health Services for Children in Foster Care: The Role of Psychotropic MedicationIndependence E
- 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Presenters:Melinda J. Baldwin, PhD, LCSW, Office of the Commissioner, Administration on Children, Youth & Families
Heather Forkey, MD, Child Protection Program and Director for the Foster Children Evaluation Service at the UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center and Associate Professor at the University of Massachusetts School of Medicine
Michael Naylor, MD, University of Illinois at Chicago School of Medicine
Zach Laris, American Academy of Pediatrics
To bring together professionals working on issues of child welfare and health to discuss how effective oversight to assure appropriate use of psychotropic medication for children in foster care fits within the framework of a child welfare system that provides children access to trauma-informed evidence-based mental health services.
Substantial evidence from GAO, academic research, and state experience suggests that children in foster care face higher rates of psychotropic medication prescription than the broader Medicaid population. Examples abound of cases where this use is inappropriate. The etiology of much of the behavioral health need in this population arises from trauma. Psychotropic medication can have an important role in children’s mental health services, including addressing trauma symptoms, when prescribed appropriately and monitored carefully, particularly when used in concert with evidence-based trauma-informed psychosocial services. This session will explore the nuances of ensuring appropriate oversight without impeding access to care, and how effective psychotropic medication oversight systems work in concert with efforts to ensure access to effective non-pharmaceutical treatment.
- 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
- Table Talks
- Elevating State Continuous Quality Improvement Efforts with a Web-Based ApplicationRoom
- Presenters:Katie Williams, MSW, PMP, JBS International, Inc.
John Cashman, MS, JBS International, In.c
Candace Charkow, JBS International, Inc.
- With the Child and Family Services Reviews (CFSRs) as a catalyst, and as states become more informed about implementation science and evidence-based practices, an understanding has grown that changes in practice must be implemented and measured, on a continual basis, through a formalized, comprehensive, agency-wide system. Although states have made efforts to improve the quality of their child welfare services, some have found it challenging to design and implement comprehensive reform, sustain changes, effectively monitor practice, and provide data to stakeholders. The Children’s Bureau established the CFSR Online Monitoring System (OMS) to assist states in addressing these challenges through a web-based application with robust reporting features.
- CAPTA and Early Intervention: Colorado’s Success in Expanding CollaborationRoom
- Presenter:Lorendia Schmidt, LCSW, CACII, Colorado Department of Human Services
- Since 2012, Colorado’s Office of Children, Youth and Families (child welfare) and Office of Early Childhood (early intervention) have created a strong collaboration to ensure compliance with Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) and Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Part C requirements. This presentation will share successes, strategies, and challenges.
- 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:30 PM – 3:00 PMBreakout Sessions
- Master Session
- Examining Trafficking from Various Perspectives: What’s Working, What’s Not, and What’s Next?LiveStreamRoom
- Passage of major legislation has provided an increased focus on the issue of human trafficking, including resources for survivors of child sex trafficking, and prevention programs and activities.
- This Master Session explores the issue of trafficking by discussing how trafficking survivors interact with different systems including child welfare, health care, juvenile justice, law enforcement, the court system, and runaway/homeless youth programs. What experiences preceded their trafficking experience? What services in which systems were helpful or unhelpful? What was missing for them? What interventions do they think could be most beneficial?
- System representatives will share how they are working to improve their prevention focus as well as their responses to human trafficking. Panelists include:
PresentersTammy Sneed, Department of Children and Families, State of Connecticut
Katherine Deye, MD, Child and Adolescent Protection Center, Children’s National Health System/Fairfax
Diana Cisneros, Survivor Consultant
Judge Hiram Puig-Lugo, JD, Presiding Judge, Family Court, District of Columbia
Melissa Brockie, MSW, Director of Health and Wellness, Tumbleweed Center for Youth Development, Arizona
Kelly Ayers, Survivor Consultant (Tentative)
- Katherine Chon, Director of the ACF Office on Trafficking in Persons (OTIP), serves as moderator for the session. OTIP was established in 2015 to combat human trafficking by supporting and leading systems that prevent trafficking through public awareness and protect victims through identification and assistance, helping them re-build their lives and become self-sufficient
- Supportive Supervision: Using the Principles of Sanctuary to Create a Trauma-Informed Workplace for Former Clients of Child WelfareRoom
- Presenters:Linda May Wacker, MEd, Parents Anonymous of Oregon
Timothy Phipps, Parents Anonymous of Oregon
- Within a large mental health organization, Parents Anonymous of Oregon (PAO) is recognized as having one of the highest rates of employee satisfaction and retention. As part of implementing the Sanctuary Model, Morrison Child and Family Services surveyed staff across programs, and found that PAO had high rates of existing implementation of the principles of the Sanctuary Institute, which coaches agencies to create trauma-informed environments for staff and clients. A PAO program manager and parent mentor will describe their supervision model, provide a visual presentation, and facilitate a small-group activity incorporating participant expertise. Participants will leave with an individualized supervision tool.
- Caregiver Drug Abuse and Children in Foster CareRoom
- Presenters:Brett Brown, PhD, Office of Data, Analysis, Research, and Evaluation (ODARE),
Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF)
Emily Madden, MA, ODARE, ACYF
Annette Waters, PhD, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
- In fiscal year (FY) 2012, the long decline in the number of U.S. children in foster care stopped, with increases of about 8 percent by FY 2015. Anecdotal information from child welfare agencies and national data indicate recent increases in caregiver drug abuse as one possible reason for this reversal in national trends. The three papers in this workshop explore this relationship in complementary ways that shed new light on the role of caregiver drug abuse as a driver of foster care trends.
- Predictive Analytics: Collaborative Approaches for Leveraging Administrative Data to Enhance the Precision, Efficiency, and Effectiveness of Child Welfare ServicesRoom
- Presenters:Brian Clapier, MSS, New York City Administration for Children’s Services
Diane DePanfilis, PhD, MSW, Hunter College
Dana Weiner, PhD, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
- This workshop will present a collaborative process for harnessing administrative data to predict risk of frequent involvement among families receiving preventive, investigative, and placement services from New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services. This work depends on strong partnerships, clearly defined outcomes, ongoing dialogue, sophisticated analytic approaches, and committed leaders and staff who aim to improve their ability to make decisions based on data and evidence.
- Lessons from the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII): Using Data to Inform, Adjust, and Strengthen PracticeRoom
- Presenters:Roseana Bess, MPP, JBS International, Inc.
George Gabel, MS, MA, Westat
Becci Akin, PhD, University of Kansas School of Social Welfare
- The PII, a multi-site federal demonstration project, integrates implementation science and program evaluation in a structured framework, the PII Approach. The PII Approach emphasizes the use of data in all stages of developing and implementing an innovation or intervention to inform decisions, program and staff development, and program improvements. This session will use the example of one PII grantee’s experience to demonstrate the use of data through all stages of the PII Approach and to share lessons learned and practical suggestions to enhance continuous quality improvement processes.
- Kinship Interdisciplinary Navigation Technologically-Advanced Model (KIN-Tech): Building a Support System for Relative Caregivers in FloridaRoom
- Presenters:Kerry Littlewood, PhD, MSW, AAJ Research & Evaluation
Lawrence Cooper, MSW, The Children’s Home, Inc
Abhishek Pandey, MD, SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- This presentation will describe lessons learned from KIN-Tech, one of the seven federal kinship navigation projects funded in 2012 by the Children’s Bureau. This presentation will describe the development of several innovative service features, including a one-e-app, peer-to-peer navigation, and a kinship interdisciplinary team. Evaluation results will illuminate which supportive services and resources available for kinship families promote successful outcomes. Differences will be presented as they relate to formal and informal kinship families.
- The Next Generation of Dependency and Neglect Court: Improving the Handling of Cases Involving Substance Use DisorderRoom
- Presenters:William DeLisio, MSLA, Colorado State Court Administrator’s Office
Gretchen Russo, RN, BSN, JD, Colorado Department of Human Services
- This interactive session will explore Colorado’s lessons learned during the planning phases of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention-sponsored national Statewide System Reform Program (SSRP) to infuse family treatment drug court practices into abuse and neglect cases involving substance use disorders. Fast-paced sharing of ideas will target these topics:
- • The leadership needed to shift to a culture that views parents receiving substance use disorder treatment as patients
- • The practices that ensure that level of care placement in substance use disorder treatment is driven by data and reliable clinical assessment
- • The permanency prognosis for children when the level of care placement in substance use disorder treatment does not match patient need
- The Invisible Achievement Gap: Education Outcomes of Students in Foster CareRoom
- Presenters:Vanessa Barrat, MS, WestEd
Michelle Traiman, National Center for Youth Law Foster Youth Education Initiative
- This workshop presents the methodology, findings, and implications of two statewide studies linking student education and child welfare data to create an education snapshot of students in foster care in each state. It describes the previously undocumented achievement gap for students in foster care, by comparing their academic outcomes to those of the state’s students population as a whole and to other at-risk subgroups with documented achievement gaps. The findings show that students in foster care have unique education needs and serve as new evidence for policymakers to use in pursuing efforts to improve the academic success of these students.
- Partnering for Impact: Child Welfare and Housing Collaborations to Serve Older Youth Aging Out of Foster CareRoom
- Presenters:Josephine Pufpaff, MPP, Corporation for Supportive Housing
Kevin Solarte, MSW, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
- This 90-minute workshop will address how child welfare agencies and housing systems are effectively partnering to better serve older youth aging out of foster care as they transition into safe and stable housing and adulthood. This session will highlight these topics:
- • Child welfare and housing partnerships, and how they are improving transition planning and expanding housing options for older youth in foster care
- • Best practices in responding to and supporting youth’s skill development, behavioral health needs, education/employment, and permanency goals
- • Progress, challenges, and perspective as it relates to overcoming barriers and working across systems
- Skills Seminars
- Creating Domestic Violence-Informed Organizations and Community CollaborationsRoom
- Presenters:David Mandel, MA, LPC, David Mandel & Associates
Heidi Rankin, MPA, David Mandel & Associates
- Creating a domestic violence-informed child welfare agency or community collaborative touches upon multiple domains of organizational performance. Policy, data collection, protocols, training, and services are all relevant to a transition to domestic violence-informed practice. Meaningful integration with other initiatives, such as strengths-based practice, trauma-informed efforts, cultural competence, and fatherhood initiatives, is important. Participants will be led through an introduction to a domestic violence-informed organizational assessment framework and will have the opportunity to review their own agency’s or community’s current level of domestic violence practice.
- Shaping Effective Collaboration: Including and Unleashing EveryoneRoom
- Presenters:Mara D’Amico, MPS, DC Liberating Structures User Group/Georgetown Institute for Women, Peace and Security
Erin Stock, MPS, DC Liberating Structures User Group/Nuba Reports
- Participants will be immersed in learning Liberating Structures, a new facilitation technique that quickly fosters lively, meaningful participation to mobilize groups of any size. The Liberating Structures technique creates a safe space to amplify all voices in order to unleash innovation. These tested tools are being used all over the world, in hospitals, universities, and nonprofit and corporate settings, for better outcomes. Event participants will engage in some Liberating Structures practices to reflect on their own work while learning more about what these techniques are and how they work.
1:30 PM – 5:00 PMBreakout Sessions
- Skills Seminars
- Writing for Resilience: Well-Being for a Strong, Capable WorkforceRoom
- Presenter:Nancy Seibel, MEd, Family Resources
- Working with highly stressed children, youth, and families makes continuous demands on professionals’ intellectual, emotional, and physical capacities. Over time the impact of these stresses can compound, leading to compassion fatigue and burnout. This has serious costs for agencies, staff, and those they serve. Writing for Resilience is a reflective approach that can increase resilience and compassion satisfaction. This approach can be readily implemented and sustained, allowing professionals to integrate and learn from difficult work-related experiences and rediscover their sense of commitment to and satisfaction in their very important work.
- Policy Forums
- High-Quality Family Representation—How a Paradigm Shift in Legal Representation of Parents Benefits Children, Families, and GovernmentRoom
- Presenters:Susan Jacobs, Esq, Center for Family Representation
Amelia Watson, JD, Washington State Office of Public Defense
Mimi Laver, JD, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
- This session will explore a novel approach to legal representation of parents and demonstrate that this approach advances the goals of child protection. In a great majority of cases, the state’s interests are entirely consistent with those of the parents. This is because the state’s purpose in virtually all cases is to help families find ways to be able to raise their children safely.
- An Integrated Prevention Approach: Creating a Context for Collaboration and Collective ImpactRoom
- Presenters:Deborah Daro, PhD, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Sue Williams, MBA, Children’s Trust of South Carolina
Kendra Dunn, PsyD, Colorado Office of Early Childhood
Kristen Seay, PhD, MSW, University of South Carolina
Jennifer Bellamy, PhD, University of Denver
- This session will lead participants through an innovative child maltreatment prevention planning process and share with them a framework they can use in advancing prevention efforts in their own states and communities. Rather than providing a laundry list of every possible intervention a community might adopt or creating a standardized list of system collaborators and service components, the goal of this innovative approach is to provide state and community leaders with a prevention agenda that will maximize the efficient use of existing resources and build a sense of collective commitment to the issue across all stakeholders in the state.
- 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Break
3:30 PM – 5:00 PMBreakout Sessions
- Master Session
- Storytelling That Packs a Punch: Strategies for SuccessLiveStreamRoom
- Presenters:Marj Safinia, Director/Producer, The Department of Expansion, Los Angeles, California
Kristina Robbins, Director/Producer, The Department of Expansion, Los Angeles, California
Kurt Heisler, PhD, Administration on Children, Youth and Families
- There is nothing like a well-told story to build community and encourage people to action. With increased connectivity and readily available new technologies, 21st century storytelling represents untold new opportunities to explicate, advocate, and create connections across many different constituencies. But it takes insight and skill to present information and ideas that pack an emotional punch and are memorable.
- About the Presenters
- The presenters in this Master Session will address the key components of successful storytelling, regardless of the medium. Film directors and producers Marj Safinia and Kristina Robbins will discuss the importance of thoughtful strategy to finding stories that surprise and entertain audiences so that ideas stick, and how film can empower those whose stories are too infrequently told. Marj and Kristina are the filmmakers responsible for developing the Children’s Bureau’s popular and effective Building Community Building Hope film series.
- Kurt Heisler, PhD, MPH, MS, Senior Policy Advisor for Technology and Innovation with the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, specializes in the presentation of data in graphical formats. His focus is on data visualization as a tool for strategic decision making and communication. Heisler draws from his experience as an art major, counselor, and public health practitioner to help make the technical aspects of data use relevant to all those who share his passion for improving child welfare practice and policy.
- The session will be moderated by Joan Sharp, a former journalist who for the last 25 years has been involved in issues related to child and family wellbeing. She worked with CB/OCAN to develop the Building Community, Building Hope film series.
- Utilizing Young Adults as Consultants to Improve Child Welfare OutcomesRoom
- Presenters:Miguel Vieyra, MSW, Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families,
Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Lupe Ortiz-Tovar, JBS International, Inc.
Faith Slater Davis, Capacity Building Center for States
- Over the last 10 years, the Children’s Bureau has engaged partner agencies to develop and implement consultant programs that utilize the expertise of young adults to build the capacity of child welfare systems to improve youth outcomes.The two programs featured during this session will showcase the use of consultants as technical assistance providers assisting state child welfare agencies and as reviewers on federal review teams (such as the National Youth in Transition Database Assessment Reviews). Participants in this session will hear directly from the consultants themselves. Presenters will highlight strategies and possibilities for partnering with providers and others to improve child welfare outcomes.
- Knowing Who to Help: Experiences from Well-Being Screening in California and Connecticut Child Welfare SystemsRoom
- Presenters:Brent Crandal, PhD, Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital
Christian Connell, PhD, Department of Psychiatry, Yale School of Medicine
Charles Wilson, MSSW, Chadwick Center for Children and Families at Rady Children’s Hospital
- After emerging federal guidance and state legislation in the past several years, administrators have increasingly implemented well-being screening practices in child welfare (CW) systems across the United States. Representative attempts at well-being screening have emerged from two states: California and Connecticut. Based on individual California county responses to a recently administered survey on screening practices, and experiences from developing and implementing the Connecticut Trauma Screen, this workshop will present varied applied approaches to well-being screening. After examining these examples, the workshop will include a facilitator-led discussion about current progress, barriers, and next steps related to well-being screening in CW systems.
- Using Data-Driven and Evidence-Supported Approaches for Developing and Supporting the Child Welfare WorkforceRoom
- Presenters:Robin Leake, PhD, Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver
Nancy Dickinson, PhD, MSSW, University of Maryland
Barrett Johnson, City and County of San Francisco’s Human Services Agency
- In order to protect and serve children and families, child welfare agencies must attend to the performance and well-being of their workforce. The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute is partnering with jurisdictions to conduct a comprehensive assessment of organizational health and implement evidence-informed strategies to strengthen the workforce. This workshop will discuss one urban county’s experience using organizational health data to design and implement strategies to strengthen the workforce. Strategies include development of leadership skills through training, coaching, peer mentoring, and design teams, as well as enhanced university-agency partnerships and stipends for MSW students.
- Working with Early Care and Education Providers to Promote Safety, Permanency & Well-being for Children in the Child Welfare SystemRoom
- Presenters:Sacha Klein, MSW, PhD, Michigan State University
Darcey Merritt, MSW, PhD, New York University Silver School of Social Work
Steve Sturm, MA, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services
- In this workshop, we will summarize research suggesting that early care and education (ECE) can help the child welfare system (CWS) achieve its goals of safety, permanency, and well-being for children in, or at risk of entering, the CWS. Then we will share recent evidence that, despite this research, child welfare caseworkers rarely include ECE in family case plans. Lastly, the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services’ Early Education Programs Administrator will lead a discussion of promising strategies from the field for building partnerships between child welfare agencies and ECE providers that increase maltreated children’s access to high-quality ECE.
- Learning to Work Together to Prevent Homelessness Among Maltreated Youth: Stories from the Youth at Risk of Homelessness InitiativeRoom
- Presenters:M. C. Bradley, PhD, Mathematica Policy Research
Janna Heyman, PhD, Henry C. Ravazzin Center, Fordham University Graduate School of Social Service
Jessica Trombetta, LCSW, Office of Adolescent Services, Department of Children and Families,
State of New Jersey
- The Children’s Bureau and Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation funded an innovative, multi-phase grant effort to support the planning and implementation of innovative, comprehensive service models to prevent homelessness among youth and young adults with child welfare involvement. This workshop will include presentations by two grantees who will discuss the silo-busting nature of their innovation. One grantee will share findings from an initial pilot randomized controlled trial and what they learned from the pilot. The technical assistance provider will share lessons learned about the multi-phase grant model of funding.
- If the Drivers Are There, Will the Families Come and Stay? Implementation and Engagement Factors in the Scale-Up Of SafeCare®Room
- Presenters:Daniel Whitaker, PhD, National SafeCare® Training and Research Center
Danielle Fettes, PhD, University of California, San Diego School of Medicine
Katherine Casillas, PhD, The Kempe Center
- Programs delivered in the home typically report greater reductions in abusive and neglectful behaviors, improved parenting skills, and improved family functioning. However, enrollment and retention in services remains untenably low, indicating a critical need to better understand factors associated with family engagement and program attrition. In addition to dissemination and implementation drivers, building communities are part and parcel of implementing evidence-based practices. This presentation will address implementation drivers and other factors that affect community and family engagement, and the role of engagement in the scale-up of SafeCare®, an in-home parent support program to prevent and reduce child abuse and neglect.
- Leadership and Strategies for Tribal Relations and ICWARoom
- Presenters:Nadja Printup Jones, MSW, Office of Tribal Affairs, Department of Human Services, State of Oregon
Julie Collins, LCSW, Child Welfare League of America
Nicole Shackelford, Idaho Department of Children and Family Services
Alisa Lee, MSW, MA, JD, Utah Division of Child and Family Services
- This workshop is for the state Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) administrator or ICWA managers who wonder how to best improve ICWA compliance. The current implementation of the 2015 Bureau of Indian Affairs ICWA guidelines challenges state systems and courts. The analysis of existing state policy and procedure reveals that gaps have emerged. This workshop will provide actual examples of gaps and challenges with the accompanying strategies to comply. The panel consists of ICWA directors at the state level who work with and alongside tribes to improve ICWA outcomes. The use of ICWA data and the active engagement of the national Child Welfare League of America ICWA directors’ network will be described.
- Skills Seminars
- Training a Trauma-Informed Parenting Curriculum (RPC+): An Intensive Skills WorkshopRoom
- Presenters:Amy Bielawski-Branch, MS, University of Vermont
Jessica Strolin-Goltzman, PhD, University of Vermont
Jennifer Jorgenson, University of Vermont
- This skills seminar will begin with a brief overview of the evaluation data and implementation findings that led to the RPC+ (Resource Parent Curriculum Plus Child and Adult Relationship Enhancement ) followed by participant engagement in practical, experiential, and relevant knowledge and skill-building activities related to implementing the RPC+ model within community-based systems of care. This skills session will utilize adult learning methods (discussion, role play, brainstorming) to train participants on components of three modules included in the RPC+ model. Presenters will provide concrete tools and resources for future training that will aid in improving participants’ practice with families.
- Policy Forum
- A Family’s Experience: A Multidisciplinary Dialogue to Improve Outcomes for Co-Occurring Domestic Violence, Substance Use, Mental Health, and Child Abuse CasesRoom
- Presenters:Susan Blumenfeld, MSW, LCSW, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health
Ken DeCerchio, MSW, CAP, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, Children
Kim Bishop-Stevens, LICSW
Jen Parks, MSW, Massachusetts Department of Public Health Bureau of Substance Abuse Services
- Facilitator:Isa Woldsguioguis, MSW, MEd
- For families experiencing domestic violence, child maltreatment, substance use, and mental illness the engagement of multiple, complex, and often uncoordinated systems can be overwhelming. This dialogue among national experts on domestic violence, child maltreatment, mental health, trauma, and substance use focuses on the intersection of co-occurring needs and challenges. Panelists will subsequently describe innovative policies and programs at the nexus of child maltreatment and domestic violence, emphasizing practices that support safety, minimize risk, and promote resilience for adults and children. This interactive forum will include a question and answer period, as well as an opportunity for participants to share promising practices.
- Table Talks
- Stop Look Listen: An Educational Tool to Foster Collaboration Between Health Care and Child WelfareRoom
- Presenter:Lucy Bruell, L.A. Bruell, Inc.
- Stop Look Listen (SLL) is an interactive educational tool designed to increase confidence and accuracy in recognizing and reporting physical child abuse. It is designed to foster collaboration between the clinical and investigative professions. Using six virtual cases, SLL walks the learner through a series of clinical encounters and the concomitant investigative processes, each of which is based on real-life cases and designed to illuminate specific areas within the general topic of child abuse, such as interaction with the legal system, bruise patterns characteristic of abuse, and children witnessing episodes of intimate partner violence. SLL was funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development.
- If Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Is So Damaging and Pervasive, Why Are We Missing So Many Cases?Room
- Presenters:Sharon Newburg-Rinn, PhD; Children’s Bureau; Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation;
Administration on Children, Youth and Families, Administration for Children and Families,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jacquelyn Bertrand, PhD, National Center on Birth Defects and Developmental Disabilities,
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- According to the Institute of Medicine (now the Health and Medicine Division) of the National Academies, prenatal exposure to alcohol is far more damaging, and the effects longer lasting, than those caused by drugs such as cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine. Data suggest that many children and youth in the child welfare system have a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). Yet a 2015 study in Pediatrics found that, in more than 80 percent of cases, the diagnosis was missed in an urban child welfare population. Proper diagnosis yielded 90 percent reduction in prescribed medications for these cases. Better communication is needed between agencies, doctors, foster parents, and biological parents to improve outcomes for children.
- Thursday, September 1
- 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM Registration and Information
8:30 AM – 9:00 AMMorning Forum
9:00 AM – 10:30 AMBreakout Sessions
- Master Session
- Partnering to Address the Opioid Crisis: Implications for Women and ChildrenLiveStreamRoom
- Presenters:Nancy K. Young, PhD, Children and Family Futures, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Melinda Campopiano, M.D. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- The consequences of opioid misuse and dependence are escalating in many communities. Child welfare systems are reporting increases in caseloads, primarily among infants and young children coming into care; hospitals are reporting increases of infants born with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome; and substance use treatment systems are reporting increases in the number of individuals seeking treatment for opioid use disorders. Meanwhile, the service systems established to address these issues are operating under a mix of approaches, practice and policies. These varied responses affect service coordination and can create further challenges for families, many of whom are also dealing with co-occurring mental health issues and a history of childhood trauma sometimes repeated from generation to generation.
- Child welfare systems face a difficult task in seeking to make decisions on child safety in the context of the different situations involving parental opioid use. These situations require a thorough assessment of the strengths and potential risk and safety factors present in each case as well as an understanding of clinical standards of care in the treatment of opioid use disorders in pregnancy, implications for the infant, whether breastfeeding is appropriate, and best practices for pregnant women with opioid use disorders and their infants.
- This master session will provide an overview of the opioid crisis, discuss clinical standards of care in the treatment of opioid use disorders during pregnancy, and explore implications for child welfare systems. Drawing on lessons learned from the NCSACW’s Substance-Exposed Infants In-Depth Technical Assistance (SEI IDTA) project, this session will highlight efforts in six states that are building a collaborative response and exploring strategies grounded in a collaborative approach.
- Attend this master session’s companion policy session, Developing a Collaborative Approach to Address the Opioid Crisis, to learn how to develop a collaborative approach specific to your community.
- About the Presenters
- Presenter Dr. Nancy K. Young is the Executive Director of Children and Family Futures, a research and policy institute whose mission is to improve safety, permanency, well-being and recovery outcomes for children, parents and families affected by trauma, substance use and mental disorders. Since 2002, she has served as the Director of the federally-funded National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare (NCSACW).
- Melinda Campopiano, M.D. is a medical officer in the Division of Pharmacologic Therapies and Branch Chief for Regulatory Programs at the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment, part of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). She served as chairperson for the Treatment and Recovery Committee of the National Heroin Taskforce in 2015.
- Building Resiliency for Traumatized Children in Child WelfareRoom
- Presenters:James "Jim" Henry, MSW, PhD, Children’s Trauma Assessment Center, Western Michigan University
James "Jim" Drendel, , PhD, Children, Youth, and Family Division, Larimer County Department of Human Services
- What does it take for a child welfare agency to build a resiliency-focused, trauma-informed system to achieve positive well-being outcomes for children and families? Child welfare agencies are granted the responsibility for achieving successful outcomes for children. Historically, this focus has been on achieving safety and permanency outcomes. Understanding well-being beyond compliance with a yearly physical requires an entirely different way of understanding the impact of trauma. During this session, the Larimer County Children, Youth, and Family Division and Dr. James Henry will discuss trauma screening, assessment, trauma-focused services, and strategies for developing a trauma-informed community.
- Changes in Federal Education Laws Impacting Foster ChildrenRoom
- Presenters:Emily Peeler, MSW, JD, American Bar Association,
Center on Children and the Law/Legal Center for Foster Care and Education
Megan Fletcher, MA, Child and Family Services Agency, Washington, DC
Maura McInerney, JD, Education Law Center/Legal Center for Foster Care and Education
- On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). For the first time in federal education law, ESSA creates key protections for students in foster care. The new protections in ESSA promote school stability and success and require collaboration with education and child welfare partners. Learn more about these new federal protections for students in foster care and how child welfare agencies can help support these new provisions and overall school success for children and youth in foster care.
- Family Engagement: Defining, Measuring, and Modeling the ComplexitiesRoom
- Presenters:Krista Thomas, MSW, PhD, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Kurt Moore, PhD, WRMA, Inc.
John Fluke, PhD, Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect
- The concept of engagement receives considerable attention within child welfare. However, usable definitions and measurable features of this concept remain unsettled. Characteristics of the families affect their relationship to the child welfare service system just as characteristics of the system affect the relationships to families. This workshop focuses on identifying what we know about engagement, including presentations that offer specific examples drawn from research on differential response, an engagement enabling policy. Discussion will follow to stimulate ideas that can inform the conceptualization of engagement focused on the needs and interests of human service administrators, practitioners, and families.
- CAPTA and the Substance-Exposed Infant: A Failure to LaunchRoom
- Presenter:Ira Chasnoff, MD, NTI Upstream
Jody Brook, PhD, MSW, LCSW, School of Social Welfare, University of Kansas
Gail Barber, MSW, Iowa Children’s Justice Initiative
- The Iowa Children’s Justice Initiative is conducting a statewide survey of health care professionals, early intervention specialists, and juvenile court judges and attorneys to determine awareness of Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA) regulations related to the identification of and intervention for newborns and infants from birth to 2 years of age who have been affected by prenatal exposure to alcohol and drugs. Survey data reveal that 89 percent of health care providers, 93 percent of early intervention specialists, and 76 percent of juvenile court judges and lawyers were unaware of CAPTA regulations related to substance-exposed infants, and few could identify signs of an infant’s having been affected by prenatal exposure.
- Building the Capacity of Agencies to Recruit and Retain a Committed Workforce Through a Comprehensive Approach to Workforce DevelopmentRoom
- Presenters:Sharon Kollar, LMSW, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, University at Albany
Nancy Dickinson, MSSW, PhD, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute,
University of Maryland School of Social Welfare
Nancy McDaniel, MPA, Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver
- Through presentation, dialogue, and interactive technology, participants will explore the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) Workforce Development Framework (WDF) and comprehensive, innovative strategies and practices in recruiting, developing, and retaining a committed and competent workforce. Participants will apply their own expertise in an assessment of their agencies/organizations through the use of a recently developed workforce planning and assessment toolkit. Presenters will demonstrate how participants can use the highly interactive MyNCWWI site to explore a comprehensive listing of workforce development resources, strategies, and core competencies needed to fully realize and implement the WDF.
- How to Improve Legal Representation of Children in the Child Welfare SystemRoom
- Presenter:Donald Duquette, JD, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, University of Michigan Law School
- After nearly 7 years of effort, the National Quality Improvement Center on the Representation of Children in the Child Welfare System (QIC-ChildRep) has completed its work: 1) identifying a consensus model of child legal representation, 2) training lawyers in the six core skills that the consensus model comprises, and 3) empirically evaluating the lawyers’ use of the model and the model’s impact on case outcomes. The presenter will review empirical data on the characteristics of lawyers for children and the tasks and activities associated with high-quality representation, along with recommendations for going forward.
- Working Together to Build Healthy Communities and Prevent Child Neglect
- Presenters:Meryl Levine, ACSW, MSSA, National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds
Kristen Slack, PhD, University of Wisconsin–Madison
Sandra Killett, Birth Parent National Network
Aaron Miller, MSW, Colorado Office of Early Childhood
- This workshop will highlight how we all have a role to play in helping to prevent child neglect in our communities and across the country. We will seek to understand the needs of families struggling with poverty, discuss innovative neglect prevention strategies being implemented in two states, explore ways to raise awareness about this critical issue, and learn about a wide range of resources to support you in your efforts to prevent neglect before it occurs. This workshop will incorporate many perspectives, including the parent, program implementer, researcher, and national partner roles.
- Combatting Trafficking Among Child Welfare–Involved YouthRoom
- Presenters:Dean Duncan, III, MUA, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work
Lauren Fischman, MSW, Children’s Bureau, Administration on Children, Youth and Families,
Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Nadine Finigan-Carr, PhD, University of Maryland School of Social Work
Judy Krysik, PhD, Center for Child Well-Being, Arizona State University
- In October 2014, the Children’s Bureau awarded nine grants to agencies and organizations around the country. The goal of these 5-year grants is to build a greater awareness and a better response to child trafficking within the child welfare population. It is believed that many of the youth involved with child welfare may be vulnerable to trafficking due to the trauma and neglect they experienced that brought them into the system. This presentation will discuss the initiatives and will focus on three of the projects: Arizona, Maryland, and North Carolina. The Federal Project Officer will serve as a discussant.
- Target, Triage, and Timing: Lessons in Promoting Well-Being in a Housing and Child Welfare DemonstrationRoom
- Presenters:Anne Farrell, PhD, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Miriam Landsman, MSW, PhD, National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice
Bridgette Lery, City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency
- Improving well-being for families in child welfare requires a thoughtful approach to program design, means to target families, methods of triage, and integrated service arrays likely to be effective given family needs and assets. Whereas poor targeting leads to inefficiencies that are unlikely to result in desired outcomes, effective strategies may leverage desirable change. This presentation links evidence-informed strategies to target, triage, and time services within housing and child welfare demonstrations. The presenters elicit audience input regarding characteristics used to target, triage, and time and explain their program rationales and respective accomplishments, providing examples from program operations, data, and evidence.
- Understanding Social-Environmental Characteristics of Neighborhoods with Unusual Rates of Child Maltreatment Referrals and Implications for Community InterventionRoom
- Presenters:Michael Hurlburt, PhD, University of Southern California
Megan Finno-Velasquez, PhD, MSW, University of Southern California
Amy He, LCSW, MSW, University of Southern California
- This workshop will focus on a study that uses mixed methods to explore social dynamics of local community environments that may explain differences in maltreatment referral rates above and beyond known individual-level family predictors. Results of the study suggest that social-environmental dynamics, such as collective efficacy around parenting and concern for children, may partially explain community variations in risk for and protection from child maltreatment. Presenters and participants will discuss possible implications for community-focused child maltreatment prevention interventions and practice.
- Building Stronger Partnerships Between Child Welfare and Early Child Care and Education: A Resiliency Strategy for Protecting the Most Vulnerable ChildrenRoom
- Presenters:David Bard, PhD, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
Lana Beasley, PhD, Oklahoma State University
Geneva Daniel, MHR, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
- This workshop will review barriers to the access and use of early child care and education (ECE) among children in or at risk of entry into the child welfare system. Policy issues that impede collaboration across service systems and proposed resolutions will be discussed. The workshop will include review of data from professionals and families, review of research linking adverse childhood experiences to poor child development outcomes, and discussion of techniques for professionals. Lastly, there will be a discussion on evidence of protective benefits of ECE for children exposed to trauma and advantages of building strong partnerships across systems.
- Table Talks
- Citizen Review Panels: Updates from the National Community and New Research FindingsRoom
- Presenter:Blake Jones, PhD, LCSW, University of Kentucky
- Citizen Review Panels (CRPs) are groups of federally mandated volunteers througout the United States who are working to improve state child welfare systems. The panels—which were mandated by the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act—have been in place since July of 1999. Exciting changes are occuring at the national level, including renewed communication and sharing among CRPs, national and regional conferences, a new website, and other tools for collaboration. This interactive table talk will give important updates from the national community as well as present new research on the perceptions of child welfare administrators as they engage CRP members.
- Immigration Relief for Victims of Child Abuse, Domestic Violence, Human Trafficking, and Other CrimesRoom
- Presenter:Elaine Kelley, MSW, PhD, US Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security
- A representative from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the federal agency that determines eligibility for immigration benefits, will provide an overview of humanitarian-based immigration relief options for children and families who do not have legal status. Topics will include Special Immigrant Juveniles Status (for abused, neglected, or abandoned children); U visas (for victims of qualifying crimes); T visas (for victims of sex or labor trafficking); and Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) relief (for victims of domestic violence). A PowerPoint will frame the discussion, attendees will engage in interactive learning activities that will draw from their professional experience and newly acquired knowledge, and resources will be shared.
- Changing the Perception of Social and Child Services in Tribal CommunitiesRoom
- Skills Seminar
- Telling Your Story: Turning Data into a Compelling NarrativeRoom
- ( 9:00 am - 11:00 am )
- Presenters:Casandra Firman, MS, FRIENDS National Center for Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP)
MaryJo Caruso, MEd, FRIENDS National Resource Center for CBCAP
Carolyn Abdullah, MS, FRIENDS National Center for CBCAP
- Participants will learn how to convert their data into compelling, accurate, and succinct narratives that tell their program’s story and generate social capital and support. This seminar will provide safe opportunities for participants to practice sharing their story in formats tailored to a variety of audiences (i.e., staff, board, parents, funders, and legislators). We will focus on helping participants identify the specific message they want to convey about their program, for what purpose, and to which audiences. We will discuss the data participants need and ensure ample time for practice using various formats and presentation styles.
- 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PMPlenary Session
- Plenary Session
- Behind the Headlines: Family First Prevention Services ActLiveStreamIndependence A
Presenters:Mark Casas, Advocate
Ariana Guerra, Advocate
Alise Hegle, Advocacy Project Manager and Policy Lead, Office of Innovation and Policy, Children's Hopme Society of Washington
Sandra Killett, Social Justice Organizer/Parent Organizer, Birth Parent National Network
- Moderator:Molly Tierney, Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services
- The Family First Prevention Service Act is a bipartisan bill that was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives in June and remains under consideration in the U.S. Senate. This session will feature commentary about the Family First Prevention Services Act and the child welfare system more broadly. During this discussion, panelists will share insights on prevention, kinship care, and congregate care policies. Our panel will include biological parents and youth, all of whom have had personal experience with the child welfare system.
- About the Presenters
- Alise Hegle
Alise is the parent of one daughter, who was removed from Alise’s care at birth due to substance abuse issues. Alise successfully reunified with her daughter and has been an inspiration to other parents and professionals involved in the child welfare system through work as a mentor and parent advocate. Today, Alise is the Advocacy Project Manager and Policy Lead for the Office of Innovation and Policy at Children’s Home Society of Washington. In this role, she works to ensure the child welfare birth parent perspective is incorporated in policy, practice, and system reform efforts. Her background of prior homelessness, and juvenile, criminal, and child welfare system involvement, provide expertise in her system advocacy efforts.
- Sandra Killett
Sandra is the mother of two sons, one of whom was removed from her home for one and a half years due to behavioral issues. Though the child welfare system did not first try to offer Sandra or her son home-based family support services prior to the removal, Sandra was able to obtain supports for her son, navigate the child welfare and court systems, and, ultimately, reunite with her son. Today, Sandra is a Social Justice Organizer and Parent Organizer in New York City, where she implements a strength-based approach to working with families involved in the child welfare system. Through her work, Sandra aims to prevent the unnecessary removal of children from their families and communities.
- Mark Casas
Mark entered the foster care system at the age of 13 and spent five years in care because of parental mental health challenges. He is in his Junior year at California State University, Fullerton and is pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Art. Mark serves as the Guardian Scholars Program Student Assistant and helps find housing for homeless and foster youth who are on campus. Mark is also a Peer Mentor at the Orangewood Foundation, where he helps foster youth learn basic life skills. As an advocate for foster youth, Mark currently serves as an Advisory Board member for California Youth Connection.
- Ariana Guerra
Born and raised in southern Minnesota, Ariana spent four years in the state’s foster care system. While her biggest struggle has been with reunification and maintaining healthy relationships, Ariana found refuge in her education. With the help of her fierce support system, she obtained her Bachelor’s degrees in International Relations, Political Science, and Spanish from Saint Cloud State University. Today, Ariana is a volunteer Guardian ad Litem and is helping build community through an alumni network specifically for former foster youth and adoptees in Minnesota. Arian is a scholar, optimist, advocate, and former foster youth.
- Molly Tierney | Director, Baltimore City Department of Social Services
Molly is the Director for the Baltimore City Department of Social Services where she manages Baltimore’s child welfare and public assistance programs. Over the past eight years, she championed a reform effort that dramatically improved the impact of services to vulnerable citizens of Baltimore, including reducing the number of children in foster care by 69%. Molly created a business model for the agency that is now considered a national model for modern social services. She joined the department after 20 years in the field of social services, including roles managing human services reform in Chicago and Washington, DC. Molly is a fellow with the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
- 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Lunch On Your Own
1:30 PM – 3:00 PMBreakout Sessions
- Master Session
- Poverty, Neglect, and Resilience: How They Intersect for American FamiliesLiveStreamRoom
- Presenters:Kathryn Edin, PhD, Department of Sociology, Zanvyl Krieger School of Arts and Sciences,
Department of Population, Family, and Reproductive Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health,
Valerie Maholmes, PhD, Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch,
Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
- The links between poverty and child welfare system involvement, primarily due to allegations or determinations of neglect, have been well established. The focus of this Master Session is on addressing these intertwined issues.
- About the Presenters
- Kathryn Edin, PhD, has been thinking, researching and writing about women in poverty for over 25 years. Her most recent work, $2.00 a Day: Living on Almost Nothing in America, explores the realities of people living in extreme poverty. Her prior work, Making Ends Meet: How Single Mothers Survive Welfare and Low-Wage Work, was based on 6 years’ worth of interviews with nearly 400 welfare and low-income single mothers from cities in Massachusetts, Texas, Illinois, and South Carolina. Edin shares her insights from her findings: How do those in poverty make ends meet, and how does their life situation impact on their ability to keep their children safe and healthy—and at home? And what specific policy changes would better support their efforts?
- Valerie Maholmes, PhD, is Chief of the Pediatric Trauma and Critical Illness Branch of the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. In focusing on the ways that families at risk can overcome adversity and challenges, her recently published book, Fostering Resilience and Well-Being in Children and Families in Poverty: Why Hope Still Matters, hits squarely on the conference theme of Building Community, Building Hope. Dr. Maholmes highlights the intersection of hope, optimism, and resilience and the role they play in fostering positive outcomes for children and families in poverty. She also addresses important questions relevant to program development and policy, such as what motivates people to strive beyond their circumstances to overcome adversity.
- Cross-System Collaboration as a Child Welfare OutcomeRoom
- Presenters:Jennifer M. Haight, MA Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Emily Putnam-Hornstein, PhD, University of Southern California
Lily Alpert, PhD, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
Bridgette Lery, PhD, City and County of San Francisco Human Services Agency
- The acquisition and use of data to generate evidence increasingly requires intentional collaboration across systems. In this workshop, discussants will conceptualize cross-system collaboration as a proximal outcome to improved child and family well-being. For the purposes of this discussion, we define cross-system collaboration as the timely and accurate identification of service needs for children reported for maltreatment regardless of the public system in which that information is collected. Specifically, discussants will facilitate a conversation about several inputs required to achieve cross-system collaboration: 1) sequenced implementation tasks, 2) data linkages and interoperability, and 3) evidence use training for staff.
- Family-Based Recovery 2007–2016: Lessons Learned from Implementing an Innovative In-Home Substance Abuse Treatment Model for Families with Young ChildrenRoom
- Presenters:Karen E. Hanson, LCSW, Yale Child Study Center
Jeanette Radawich, MSW, Yale Child Study Center
- Family-based in-home treatment can effectively meet the needs of mothers and fathers struggling with the dual challenges of substance abuse recovery and parenting infants and toddlers. This presentation describes one program, Family-Based Recovery (FBR), which integrates substance abuse treatment and infant mental health intervention with the goal of preventing child maltreatment and family disruption. Nine years of outcome data suggest that FBR is a promising model. Interventions to target the specialized needs of parents with substance use disorders will be shared. In addition, the presentation will focus on lessons learned and enhancements to the model, including workforce development strategies.
- Promising Futures: Best Practices for Serving Children, Youth, and Parents Exposed to Domestic ViolenceRoom
- Presenters:Leiana Kinnicutt, MSW, FUTURES Without Violence
Lonna Davis, MSW, FUTURES Without Violence
- Child welfare agencies have a unique opportunity to provide effective clinical and non-clinical interventions for children exposed to domestic violence to promote healing and resiliency for all family members. This workshop will provide child welfare workers with an overview of current research on evidence-based and promising interventions for children that can be provided in a variety of community settings. Presenters will provide participants with concrete tools and resources that non-clinicians can implement to enhance their response to children and youth involved with child welfare. The workshop will also cover considerations for collaborative efforts between child welfare and domestic violence agencies.
- Identifying and Serving Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Young Adults in Child Welfare: Building the Evidence for Community CollaborationRoom
- Presenters:Michael Pullmann, PhD, University of Washington Division of Public Behavioral Health and Justice Policy
Norene Roberts, Commercially Sexually Exploited Children’s (CSEC) Liaison at Washington
State Children’s Administration
Morgan Silverman, LICSW, YouthCare
- A disproportionately high number of commercially sexually exploited children (CSEC) have contact with the child welfare system. This workshop will detail how King County, in partnership with Washington State Children’s Administration Region 2, established a multi-system, community-based collaboration that identifies and serves CSEC. Strategies include formation of a multi-system task force, implementation of cross-system CSEC training, development of screening and referral protocols in child welfare and beyond, and formation of an accessible network of CSEC advocates working across systems on individual cases. We will provide recent King County CSEC Task Force research findings, and an interactive exchange with conference participants will follow.
- Program Implementation and Evaluation Collaboration: Lessons Learned Through the Illinois Birth Through Three (IB3) Waiver Demonstration ProjectRoom
- Presenters:Nancy Rolock, PhD, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Kimberly Mann, PhD, LCSW, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Devon Syrjanen, PhD, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago
- This session will share findings and challenges discovered through the implementation of the IB3 Waiver Demonstration Project. Presenters will cover preliminary findings on the proximal outcomes of family permanence and child well-being. IB3 program and evaluation partners will share everyday challenges that reflect the barriers in implementing evidence-based interventions in child welfare practice and highlight the critical need for partnership and collaboration in program implementation and evaluation efforts.
- Techniques and Tools for Cost and Cost-Benefit Analysis of Child Welfare ProgramsRoom
- Presenters:James Bell, MA, James Bell Associates
Andrew Burwick, MPA, Mathematica Policy Research
Josh Leopold, Urban Institute
- This workshop will introduce participants to key concepts, methods, and tools for cost analysis using illustrations from research on child welfare programs. Each of the presenters will describe a distinct element of planning and conducting a cost analysis and will highlight tools used in current or past research projects. Presenters also will discuss how application of cost analysis methods and tools may differ across agency and program contexts. The workshop will address the needs of adult learners by offering opportunities for participants to share experiences with cost analysis, challenges in conducting this type of research, and strategies for addressing them.
- Silo-busting for Collective Impact: Implementing county-wide cross sector collaborations to reduce child abuse and neglectRoom
- Presenters:Courtney Towne, LCSW, PhD, Triple P America
Barbara Sheppard, PhD, Cabarrus Health Alliance
- In order to truly impact rates of child maltreatment in communities, we need a public health approach that aims to engage every parent in evidence-based parenting support with options for prevention and intervention. Communities can broaden impact by engaging multiple stakeholders across communities—those in traditional service roles as well as others, expanding upon the network of partners that provide support for parents. This presentation will highlight key outcomes and lessons learned from such community-wide strategies in states including California, North Carolina, Georgia, and Texas that have implemented the Triple P–Positive Parenting Program.
- Skills Seminar
- Creating a Trauma-Responsive Child Welfare Court ProcessRoom
- Presenters:Alicia Summers, PhD, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
Crystal Duarte, MPA, National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
- System stakeholders have begun to understand that most (if not all) of the children and families that interact with the child welfare court system have experienced or are currently experiencing some form of trauma and that the system itself may be traumatizing. This interactive session will provide systems professionals an opportunity to better understand the effects of trauma on children and families; discuss how the system can help promote conditions of healing; and identify opportunities to change practice, policy, and environment to be more trauma-responsive in working with families.
- Leadership Skills to Build Collaboratives to Achieve Common GoalsRoom
- Presenters:Deborah Reed, MSW, Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services,
School of Social Work, Portland State University
Anthony Mack, JD, Institute for Families, School of Social Work, Rutgers University
- Through presentation, dialogue, small-group discussion, and interactive methods, participants in this seminar will explore one domain of the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute’s Leadership Framework: Leading in Context. Seminar content will address the following competencies: partnering (with a focus on diversity), negotiating, influencing, and cultural responsiveness. Content on behaviors of adaptive leadership, the power continuum, and cultural humility will anchor an eco-mapping activity. Participants will be supported by coaching from trainers and each other. A large-group discussion and small-group strategizing session will follow.
- Table Talks
- Building Greenhouses for Orchids: Toward an Evidence-Based Model of Care for Kids with ASDRoom
- Presenters:Chris Groeber, Key Assets America
Jennifer Hall, Key Assets Kentucky
- For two years, Key Assets Kentucky has been developing a community-based model for children with profound autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in out-of-home care. Key Assets Kentucky has created a continuum of care for children and young people with behavioral health conditions that also have co-occurring developmental and intellectual disabilities or ASD in collaboration with primary health, the state child welfare agency, managed care, and various individuals connected to that child. Key Assets has worked to create an individualized, community-based plan of care for each individual in the program.
- Partnering with Families through Peer-to-Peer Support: A Capacity-Building Approach to Implementing Parent Programs in Child WelfareRoom
- Presenters:Geraldo Pilarski, ACW, Capacity Building Center for States
Denise Moore, Children and Families of Iowa
Jennifer Marcelli, MSW, LCSW, Capacity Building Center for States
- Child welfare agencies across the country are turning to parent partner programs as a powerful approach in their efforts to change the way they work with families. Through these programs, parents with experience in child welfare provide mentoring and support to other parents who are entering the system. This presentation will showcase the Navigator, a web-based tool created to guide child welfare administrators, supervisors, and workers in building capacity in this area.
- Exploring Family Engagement Across Human Services and Education FieldsRoom
- Presenter:Penny Putnam-Collins, MPA, Child Welfare Information Gateway
- While quantitative evidence is often not available on family engagement outcomes, there is a wealth of qualitative data available to inform professionals on strategies to maximize the effectiveness of family engagement efforts. At the request of the Children’s Bureau, the Child Welfare Information Gateway conducted evidence reviews on how family engagement is defined and implemented across five disciplines: child welfare, juvenile justice, behavioral health, education, and early education. We researched family engagement within each discipline, and explored and identified commonalities across the disciplines. Understanding the commonalities and differences supports cross-system collaboration among systems often working with the same families.
1:30 PM – 5:30 PMBreakout Sessions
- Skills Seminars
- Strengthening Supervision + Supportive Environment for Staff = Successful Outcomes for FamiliesRoom
- Presenters:Julie R. Cohen, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Steven Little, MSW, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, New Jersey Department of Children and Families
Melinda P. Carnassale, Division of Child Protection and Permanency, New Jersey Department of Children and Families
- In this seminar, participants will hear about strategies that have been developed and utilized successfully in New Jersey to strengthen supervision. We will focus on the correlation of enhanced supervisory conferencing, management by data, and creating a supportive work environment to the promotion of successful outcomes for families served by the child welfare system. Participants will have the opportunity to practice the strategies presented in small groups to enhance their skills and be able to use them in their daily work.
- Building and Supporting Partnerships and Opportunities with Parents in Policy and PracticeRoom
- Presenters:Meryl Levine, ACSW, MSSA, National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds
Corey Best, Birth Parent National Network (BPNN)
Sandra Killett, Birth Parent National Network (BPNN)
- Parents are powerful partners for informing policy and practice leading to more responsive services and better outcomes for families. The National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Funds and BPNN parents will engage participants in active learning modalities around parent partnership strategies utilized in child welfare and other systems. Participants will examine their own mental models regarding engaging families in their work and have an opportunity to practice some new approaches to partnering with parents. Parents will share their experiences in educating policymakers about the need to shift funding, policies, and systems toward prevention.
- Policy Forum
- Developing a Stragetic Approach to Address the Opioid CrisisRoom
- Presenters:Nancy K. Young, PhD, Children and Family Futures, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare
Melinda Campopiano, M.D. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
- This policy session will provide an overview of the opioid crisis and explore implications for child welfare systems. Drawing on the recently published document A Collaborative Approach to the Treatment of Pregnant Women with Opioid Use Disorders: Practice and Policy Considerations for Child Welfare, Collaborating Medical, and Service Providers and lessons learned from the Substance-Exposed Infants In-Depth Technical Assistance (SEI IDTA) project, this policy session will highlight efforts in building a collaborative response and explore strategies grounded in a collaborative approach.
3:00 PM – 4:00 PMExhibitor and Poster Session
4:00 PM – 5:30 PMBreakout Sessions
- Master Session
- Fostering Equality: Justice for All Youth and FamiliesLiveStreamIndependence A
- Presenters:Jenny Wood, Administration on Children, Youth, and Families
Emily Hecht-McGowan, Family Equality Center
Currey Cook, Lambda Legal
Ellen Kahn, Human Rights Campaign
- This session will examine opportunities to improve policy and practice in order to better serve Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer/Questioning (LGBTQ) youth and families involved in the child welfare system.
- 2,000 Child Protective Service Workers Speak: Utilizing Crisis Debriefing following Child Fatality and Other Critical IncidentsRoom
- Presenters:Mary Pulido, PhD, The New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children
- Child Protective Services (CPS) staff encounter danger and trauma during their normal workday. Crisis debriefing was incorporated into standard CPS procedures in New York City to reduce the excessive levels of posttraumatic stress and secondary traumatic stress symptoms resulting from child fatalities, severe cases of physical and sexual abuse, and experiencing violence in the field. This workshop will describe the development and implementation of a debriefing model designed to meet CPS needs. Since 2007, 400 crisis debriefing sessions were conducted for over 2,000 staff members. Evaluation data from 1,350 participants indicate the intervention was positively received.
- Building a Father-Inclusive Home Visiting Community : Preliminary Results from a Randomized Controlled Trial Testing the Dads Matter InterventionRoom
- Presenters:Jennifer Bellamy, PhD, Graduate School of Social Work, University of Denver
Neil Guterman, PhD, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Sandra Morales-Mirque, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
Aaron Banman, School of Social Service Administration, University of Chicago
- This workshop presents preliminary findings from a randomized controlled trial (RCT) testing a strategy to improve fathers’ involvement in early home visiting services. The intervention, Dads Matter, has been pilot-tested using a quasi-experimental trial and showed positive trends in fathers’ engagement in home visiting, in mother-father relationship quality, father involvement with the child, maternal and paternal stress, and physical child abuse and neglect risk reduction. The RCT expands on this pilot study and seeks to assess efficacy of this strategy and its potential for large-scale dissemination and implementation through a train-the-trainer model.
- We’re All in This Together: Building and Supporting Meaningful Parent/Practitioner Partnerships to Inform and Strengthen Our Child Welfare EffortsRoom
- Presenters:MaryJo Alimena Caruso, MEd, FRIENDS NC for CBCAP
Jennifer Marcelli, MSW, LCSW, Children’s Bureau Capacity Building Center for States
Sam Blue, FRIENDS National Resource Center for CBCAP Parent Advisory Council
- Engaging parent leaders in child welfare efforts is often a program or funding requirement. While the opportunity to engage and support parents in meaningful leadership roles is desirable, we may be challenged on how best to identify family caregivers and support their participation to utilize their input. This session focuses on the roles that parents can play throughout the spectrum of child welfare services from prevention to protection to permanency to inform the work, support parent participation, and contribute to outcomes. Learn from parent leaders and practitioners about how genuine parent/professional partnerships lead to shared success.
- Connecting Data and Research to Practice and Policy: Tools and ResourcesRoom
- Presenters:John Eckenrode, PhD, Cornell University
Valeria Fajardo, MA, Administration on Children, Youth and Families,
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Elliott Smith, PhD, Cornell University
Christopher Wildeman, PhD, Cornell University
- This workshop will explore the connections between and among research, policy, and practice by highlighting the resources and technical assistance available through the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NDACAN) and the Office of Data, Analysis, Research and Evaluation of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families. The objective of this workshop is to heighten awareness of existing resources now available to researchers, child welfare managers, administrators, and beyond. Participants will learn how and where to access state and federal child welfare-related statistical resources. The emphasis is on user interaction with these resources and tools.
- Building the Capacity of Multidisciplinary Child Death Review Teams to Prevent Child Maltreatment Through Meaningful PartnershipsRoom
- Presenters:Theresa Covington MPH, National Center for Fatality Review & Prevention of Child Deaths
Stephanie Biegler, BS, Child Abuse Prevention Center
- Child Death Review (CDR) is an effective approach to better identify and respond to child abuse and neglect. CDR studies demonstrate that multidisciplinary reviews of child abuse and neglect deaths lead to improved identification, response, and prosecutions. The National Center for Fatality Review and Prevention manages a web-based tool for the United States to deposit CDR information, including involvement with child protective services. Recommendations from more than 1,000 cases were taken to action by local teams. Sacramento County, the Northern California county with the second highest population of children, applies child death data and a public health approach to prevent child maltreatment deaths.
- Crisis Nurseries: Leveraging the Crisis to Engage Families in Home Visiting; Strengthen Early Childhood Collaborations and Build Strong FamiliesRoom
- Presenters:Tiffany Powell, MS, Children’s Home + Aid
Mendy Smith, MSW, Children’s Home + Aid
- Crisis nurseries often serve as a vulnerable family’s first contact with the social service system. The challenge is to leverage this contact to reveal the underlying issues contributing to the crisis and to engage the family in a tailored network of resources to improve stability and child outcomes. Reaching this goal requires parent participation, trauma-informed services, and an integrated social service system. Children’s Home + Aid staff will explore these issues and present their experiences developing statewide networks of crisis nursery and violence prevention programs. Staff will discuss how Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) coordinated intake can improve the resources available to families.
- What Millennial Parents Know, Do, and Want to Do Differently: Findings from a 2015 National Parent SurveyRoom
- Presenters:Claire Lerner, LCSW-C, ZERO TO THREE
- Dive into findings from the 2015 National Parent Survey, a joint project of ZERO TO THREE and Vroom, a Bezos Family Foundation initiative. Discover what millennial parents understand about child development from birth to 5 and what they see as their greatest challenges. Learn more about millennials’ beliefs and experiences with child discipline. Gather insight on how to effectively frame messages regarding discipline and limit-setting for the millennial parents with whom you work. Come join the discussion!
- Child Welfare’s Responsibility to Promote Child and Family Well-Being Post-Permanence: The Need to Create a Robust Permanency Continuum FrameworkRoom
- Presenters:Melinda Lis, MSW, Spaulding for Children
Rowena Fong, The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work
Elizabeth Richmond, Illinois Adoption Advisory Council
- A dramatic growth in adoptive and guardianship homes and a heightened awareness of the complex needs of these families’ mandates child welfare systems to implement an array of pre and post permanency services that promote well-being. The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship Support and Preservation (QIC-AG) developed the Permanency Continuum Framework to help guide this work. The workshop will provide an overview of the framework and how the eight QIC-AG partner sites are utilizing it to enhance their system of care. Through videos that highlight the partner sites, participants will obtain an overview of the framework and how it can be applied to their system of care.
- Skills Seminar
- Utilizing Mindfulness Approaches to Reduce the Consequences of Toxic Stress and Enhance Resiliency with Children That Have Experienced AdversityRoom
- Presenter:Jennifer Williams, PhD, LCSW, Barry University School of Social Work
- Children who experience toxic stress early in life are at risk of developing long-term adverse health effects, and early experience of toxic stress can affect the function, structure, and chemistry of the brain. Focusing on early interventions to strengthen resilience factors may help to minimize the toxic stress response. Helping children and their caregivers to shut off their stress response in a healthy manner will help to build resiliency. Emerging research is showing that mindfulness approaches decrease anxiety and stress, increase empathy, and improve overall well-being. This seminar will review and teach how to utilize mindfulness approaches to reduce the consequences of toxic stress.
- Table Talks
- Partners for Children: Integrating Behavioral Health Knowledge into Your WorkRoom
- Presenter:Julia Silva, American Psychological Association
- This table talk will help participants understand children’s exposure to abuse and trauma; review risk factors; and present the cognitive, emotional, and behavioral consequences of abuse and trauma for children. The presenter will discuss strategies and examples of interventions that are proven effective to prevent abuse and involve families. She will also provide an overview of evidence-based treatments for victimized children to heal and build resilience. Participants will be engaged in discussion about how to integrate science-based behavioral health knowledge into their practices for a holistic approach to children to better address their tragic situation of abuse and neglect.
- Female Genital Mutilation of Girls in the United States: Understanding, Intervening, and Responding; Considerations for Child Abuse ProfessionalsRoom
- Presenters:Kathleen O’Connor, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, U.S. Department of Justice
Janine Young, MD, Denver Health Refugee Clinic
Angela Peabody, Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation
- This table talk will provide an introduction to female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C) and explain how it impacts girls and women in the United States and abroad. Discussion points include the increased prevalence of FGM/C in the United States; the government’s interagency response to FGM/C; the acute and chronic physical, psychological, and emotional impacts; culturally sensitive best practices for speaking to girls and families about this issue; resources for at-risk girls or victims of FGM/C; laws to keep children and women safe; and where to report suspected FGM/C. The table talk will include 30 minutes for group discussion.
- Pennsylvania’s Learning Solution for the Implementation of Extensive Legislative ChangeRoom
- Presenter:Sharon S. England, JD, MSW, LSW, Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center
- The enactment of a series of statutes significantly amended Pennsylvania’s child abuse laws, creating challenges for the entire state’s child welfare workforce responsible for their implementation. Through collaboration and partnership, a multi-phase, comprehensive learning solution was developed and implemented that built the capacity of these professionals to integrate and implement these laws. This table talk will outline the learning solution and reveal how systems collaborated with each other and engaged community partners in the development of the plan and its implementation. Tools and resources, including decision trees, checklists, and transfer of learning templates, will be shared and demonstrated.
- Friday, September 2
8:30 AM – 9:00 AMMorning Forum
9:00 AM – 10:30 AMBreakout Sessions
- Master Session
Innovation and Disruption in Child Welfare – Creating a Culture of Innovation, Agility, and OpportunityLiveStreamRoom
- The child welfare field – like all other aspects of society today – is in the midst of a technology-driven revolution. This Master Session explores innovations that promise to open up new pathways towards improved outcomes for children, youth and families, and what makes such tech advances possible – or prevent them from ever coming to light.
- What are the processes, forces, and organizational structures that enable technological change and give workers the space to innovate and pursue new ideas? What can we learn from the private sector? This session will focus on challenges that many child welfare agencies and other organizations struggle with every day: developing an organizational culture that encourages experimentation; creating financial and performance incentives that support innovation and adaptive thinking; and finding ways to quickly onboard new talent, create quick wins, and accelerate new ideas.
- Kurt Heisler, PhD, MPH, MS, an ACYF Senior Policy Advisor for Technology and Innovation, moderates the dynamic dialog among the presenters in this session. They include:
- Sixto Cancel, CEO of Think of Us, a non-profit he established to leverage technology, data, and multimedia to take down the type of barriers he experienced while growing up in foster care. Currently under development at Think of Us is a coaching app which provides young people transitioning out of care with interactive videos, self-coaching activities, and planning tools to help them become better equipped to face everyday challenges, such as renting an apartment or reconnecting with biological family.
- Kevin “Scooter” Ward, Deputy CIO for the District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, is a tech and innovative disruptor. He will speak to the challenges associated with doing creative and innovative work in a large government agency, and how his experience in the private sector informs his thinking and strategy. Scooter also leads the agency’s push towards an innovative technology posture by enhancing mobility options for client-facing workers and the clients themselves, and is spearheading a complete redesign of the District’s SACWIS system.
- William Brantley, PhD, Instructor at the University of Maryland and Louisville, is passionate about helping agencies and nonprofits become healthy and agile by improving how these organizations utilize their people, processes, and technologies. He brings ideas from design thinking, agile, and lean startup into the classroom, where he has taught project management, management skills, and communication skills for over 20 years.
- “It turned out better than I thought”: Engaging reluctant families when family conferencing becomes part of the practice modelRoom
- Presenters:Marlo Perry, PhD, University of Pittsburgh
BreAnn Chisholm, MS, Child to Family Connections
Brenda Kinsler, MSW, Philadelphia Department of Human Services
- This workshop will describe the family engagement component of Pennsylvania’s Title IV-E Waiver project. Though the specific models varied, participating counties implemented family engagement as part of their standard practice model; previously, this had been an intervention that was voluntary for families. Data from the evaluation of the waiver will be shared, specifically as they relate to variations between models and assessing fidelity across differing models. Family engagement providers from two participating counties will share their experiences about the transition from a voluntary to a mandatory intervention, including how this impacted their staff and the families with whom they work.
- Sustainability and Dissemination: Dive In and Do It! Tips and Tools from the Permanency Innovations InitiativeRoom
- Presenters:Will Hornsby, MSW, Center for the Support of Families
Curtis Shepard, PhD, Los Angeles LGBT Center
Courtney Harrison, MPA, CLH Strategies and Solutions
- Despite the federal government’s emphasis on dissemination and sustainability planning in multiyear demonstration projects, these components are often overlooked or delayed until the end of the project. This workshop will emphasize the roles of sustainability and dissemination throughout the duration of a project and the interconnectedness of these two concepts, and it will present tools that workshop participants can apply in their own organizations. This session draws on the experiences of the Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII), a federal project to develop, implement, and evaluate interventions to address long-term foster care. The workshop discusses how PII partners planned for and operationalized dissemination and sustainability.
- Marginalized. Masked. Missed.: How Intersecting Trauma and Vulnerabilities Contribute to the Trafficking of Minority Children within Child Welfare SystemsRoom
- Presenter:Sunnetta Slaughter, Sunny Slaughter Consulting, LLC
- This workshop will address the intersecting impact of all forms of human trafficking victimization—sex, labor, and organ—and how minority children within child welfare systems are further marginalized, masked, and missed rather than being identified for trauma and vulnerabilities directly tied to human trafficking schemes and criminal behavior. Participants will form teams and work through evolving scenarios to see the importance of 1) developing trafficking trauma-informed care teams; (2) establishing processes and practices for working on behalf of children identified as trafficked; and (3) ensuring written policies are in place to drive processes, practices, behaviors, and expectations of staff and collaborative partners.
- Promoting Child and Family Well-Being through Civil Rights ComplianceRoom
- Presenters:Kenneth Johnson, JD, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Kevonne Small, JD, PhD, U.S. Department of Justice
Anne Raish, JD, U.S. Department of Justice
- Federal civil rights laws protect children and families from unlawful discrimination in the administration of child welfare programs, activities, and services. This workshop will provide an overview of these protections through discussion of enforcement activities of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Justice and explore opportunities to ensure maximum compliance with federal civil rights laws in child welfare agencies and state court systems.
- Child-Parent Psychotherapy: Exploring Clinical Challenges with Families Involved with Child Welfare and Impacted by Substance Use DisordersRoom
- Presenters:Una Majmudar, MSW, The Health Federation of Philadelphia
Kathy Antaki, The Health Federation of Philadelphia
Nina Mendez, The Health Federation of Philadelphia
- We are evaluating the efficacy of Child-Parent Psychotherapy (an evidenced-based, dyadic trauma treatment for children birth through 5) in supporting child and family well-being with child welfare-involved families with co-occurring substance use disorders. This session will highlight preliminary research findings, our clinical intervention, and our efforts to work collaboratively with other partners. We will discuss the challenges and successes of integrating our work into already stressed and overburdened systems.
- Strong Collaboratives, Strong Families: A Panel DiscussionRoom
- Presenters:Lonna Davis, MSW, FUTURES Without Violence
Jo Simonsen, Ohio Domestic Violence Network
Devin Rojas, MS, Providence House Domestic Violence Services
- This panel discussion will highlight the important work done in three different states to increase collaboration between child welfare and domestic violence agencies. Panelists from New Jersey and Ohio will describe the use of co-located advocates, domestic violence units housed within the child welfare agencies, and other tools that can be used to increase collaboration. Panelists will also describe their current collaborations, including how they started the process, challenges and surprises that arose, important benchmarks, sustainability, notable successes, and evaluation results.
- What About Dad? Reducing Abusive Behavior and Parenting After Violence
- Presenters:Anne Menard, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Fernando Mederos, EdD, Massachusetts Department of Social Services
- For many families that have experienced domestic violence, limiting an abusive parent’s access to their child may be unrealistic and even unhealthy. What if Dad wants to be a better parent? What if Mom is unwilling or unable to leave him? Child welfare workers can introduce and support meaningful interventions that support healthy parenting, reduce abusive behaviors, and increase safety for the family unit. This workshop will introduce participants to a conceptual framework on reducing abusive behaviors and explore the research on and practicalities of efforts to engage both fathers and mothers involved in the child welfare system.
- Skills Seminar
- Development and Statewide Implementation of Georgia’s Employee Selection Protocol (ESP) for Child Welfare PositionsRoom
- Presenters:Alberta Ellett, PhD, School of Social Work, University of Georgia
Betsy Lerner, MS, Georgia Division of Family & Children Services
Chad Ellett, PhD, CDE Research Associates, Inc.
- High turnover rates of state and national child welfare (CW) employees cost millions of dollars expended on training individuals who soon leave, disrupting the continuity of CW services and contributing to poor client outcomes. A contributor to retention is hiring individuals who are suited for CW work. The ESP was designed to better select employees with the requisite entry-level knowledge, skills, abilities, and values considered minimally essential for effective job performance, improved retention, and practice.
- Policy Forum
- LGBTQI2-S Child Welfare Involved Children and YouthIndependence F
- Presenters:Elizabeth Black, The Center for the Support of Families
Simon Costello, Los Angeles, LGBT Center
Lisa Parrish, NYC, Administration for Children’s Services
Micki Washburn, MA, LPC-S, NCC, University of Houston
- This session will be focused on what is now known about LGBTQI2-S Children and Youth children and youth nationally based on an analysis of recently available data including, but not limited to: 1) the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect (NSCAW); 2) the Center for the Study of Social Policy’s GET R.E.A.L Project in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania; and 3) the Permanency Innovation Initiative’s Los Angeles RISE Project. Participants will learn what the data is telling us about this population and gain knowledge on how to best approach and understand some potential challenges when implementing new federal policies based on experiences in Los Angeles, Allegheny County and New York City.
- Table Talks
- Partnerships for Healthy Communities: Involving Emergency Responders in the Recognition and Prevention of Child Physical AbuseRoom
- Presenters:Kara Klein, BS, CCLS, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
Elizabeth Williams, MPH, CHES, Grady Memorial Hospital
- This session will highlight the efforts to create the Partnerships for Healthy Communities: Child Abuse Intervention and Prevention Course, a 3-hour child abuse prevention course for emergency medical services, fire, law enforcement, 911 dispatch, and nurses. Creation of this course involved a collaboration between community emergency responders and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The course covers recognizing, documenting, reporting, and preventing child physical abuse. The table talk will provide information on building a community collaborative like this one. It will also offer a preview of the program training curriculum.
- Improving the Efficiency of Interstate Child Placements: The National Electronic Interstate Compact EnterpriseRoom
- Presenters:Marci Roth, MA, American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
Rachel Holbert, MPA, American Public Human Services Association (APHSA)
- The National Electronic Interstate Compact Enterprise (NEICE) is a web-based system that allows states to transmit information and paperwork regarding interstate transfers (as required by the Interstate Compact on the Placement of Children, or ICPC) of foster and adopted children. Preliminary evaluation results suggest significant reductions in time to process cases and savings in mailings and copies. Cost savings, if taken nationwide, reach almost $1.5 million in mailing and copying costs alone. APHSA personnel will provide an overview of the NEICE project on one laptop, while another will be loaded with a test environment of the NEICE system for hands-on demonstrations.
- Recovery Versus a Negative Drug Test: What’s the Difference?Room
- Presenter:Ken DeCerchio, MSW, CAP, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare/Children and Family Futures
- This table talk will highlight the need for collaborative practice in understanding parents’ achievement of recovery. Using aggregate results of the Collaborative Values Inventory to spur discussion, this facilitated session will include highlighting of the definition of recovery, as well as tools and resources that can assist child welfare in comprehensively examining parental substance use. The facilitator will also discuss the complexity of the issue, including views about harm reduction versus abstinence, and how values and beliefs may impact decision making.
- 10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM – 12:30 PMClosing Plenary Session
- Plenary Session
- Looking to the Future: Building Communities Through Meaningful Cross-Agency CollaborationLiveStreamIndependence A
Presenter:Rafael López, MPA, Commissioner, Administration on Children, Family and Youth
Roy Austin, Deputy Assistant to the President for Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity
Eve Hill, JD, Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice
Jocelyn Samuels, JD, Director, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Remarks by Obama Administration officials and special guests.
- About the Presenters
- Rafael López
Nominated by President Obama and confirmed by the United States Senate, Rafael López is the Commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. López is a results-driven leader with experience in helping lead complex organizations in the public and social sectors where he has served in numerous roles at the city, county and state level focused on improving the lives of children, families and communities. From 2013-2015, López served as a Senior Policy Advisor at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy within the Executive Office of the President and with the Domestic Policy Council.
- Roy Austin
Austin coordinates the formulation and implementation of policy covering criminal justice, civil rights, housing, labor, human services, and initiatives such as Promise Zones. Prior to his role at the White House, Austin has served as the Deputy Assistant Attorney General for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division, a Senior Assistant United States Attorney, and Coordinator of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force. Austin has also served as an adjunct trial advocacy professor at the George Washington University Law School.
- Eve Hill, JD
Eve Hill is Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice, where she is responsible for the Division’s disability-related work. A leading disability rights attorney and advocate, Ms. Hill has implemented and enforced disability civil rights laws in the state government, federal government, and private nonprofit sectors. She was the District of Columbia's first Director of the Office of Disability Rights, responsible for implementation of the ADA throughout District Government. She served as Executive Director of the Disability Rights Legal Center, a leading nonprofit disability advocacy group in Los Angeles, where she focused on ADA litigation, special education advocacy, and mediation of disability rights cases. She was a Supervisory Attorney with the U.S. Department of Justice's Disability Rights Section, where she supervised ADA investigations, created the Department's ADA Mediation Program, and developed the Department's ADA building code certification program. Ms. Hill also served previously as Senior Vice President of the Burton Blatt Institute at Syracuse University; Visiting Associate Professor at Loyola Law School; and Adjunct Professor at the University of Southern California School of Law and Loyola Marymount University. Ms. Hill is the co-author of "Disability Civil Rights Law and Policy," both as a case book and a treatise.
- Jocelyn Samuels, JD
Jocelyn Samuels is the Director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights, where she leads that Office’s work to enforce federal laws that help to ensure non-discrimination and equity in federally funded health and human services. She also spearheads enforcement of federal laws that protect the privacy and security of medical information and the rights of individuals to their health records.
Ms. Samuels was previously the Acting Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights at the United States Department of Justice, where she managed the operations of the Civil Rights Division. Highlights of her tenure included leading the Division in landmark efforts to protect the right of citizens to access the franchise under the Voting Rights Act of 1965; advancing systemic reform of city police departments across the country; working to provide individuals with developmental disabilities the opportunity to live and work in their communities; promoting student diversity; overseeing the prosecution of hate crimes under the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act; and preventing housing, lending, and employment discrimination.
Ms. Samuels also served as Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights from 2011 until 2013 and as Senior Counselor to the Assistant Attorney General from 2009 to 2011. Prior to her tenure at the Department of Justice, Ms. Samuels was the Vice President for Education and Employment at the National Women’s Law Center in Washington, D.C. Her prior experience also includes work as a Labor Counsel to Senator Edward M. Kennedy, then Ranking Member and subsequently Chair of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions, and as a senior policy attorney at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Ms. Samuels has additional experience in the private sector and as a law clerk to a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. She is an experienced litigator with an extensive knowledge of civil rights legislation and a passionate advocate for the rights of the underserved.