Child Welfare League of America

Poster Sessions

Poster sessions are a popular way to share current research or successful projects. The following poster sessions offer an opportunity to discuss ideas, solutions, and challenges of implementation. Poster sessions tell a short visual story and include a brief presentation that may be repeated with accompanying materials, and an informal question-and-answer period. Poster sessions may take on a variety of formats; the flexibility ensures that you will have a host of creative demonstrations and discussion of innovative approaches for your information and enjoyment. This is also a great way to connect with CWLA colleagues with similar interests!

P1 Collaboration: How We Keep On Doing It!

This poster session explains examples of the 20-year history of successful collaborations-from theory to practice-in Hillsborough County, Florida. Presenters will discuss governance and leadership considerations, capacity-building activities, training, data sharing, planning and coordination, evaluation, and sustainability. Successful systemic collaborations serving youth involved in child welfare, education, mental health, substance abuse, and juvenile justice systems will also be highlighted.
Presenters: Amelia Petrila, Director, Public Policy and Advocacy, and Louis Adrion Finney Jr., Director for Hillsborough County's Head Start/Early Head Start, Children's Board of Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL; and Gerard H. Veneman, President/CEO, The Children's Home, Inc., Tampa, FL

P2 Using a Private Investigator to Find Missing Families

Come and discuss findings from an innovative program designed to locate missing and difficult-to-find families who are subjects of maltreatment reports. By employing the services of a private investigator to find these families, one agency significantly reduced the number of cases closed because families could not be located.
Presenters: Alan Dettlaff, Assistant Professor, Jane Addams College of Social Work, Chicago, IL; Susan Ferrari, Deputy Regional Director, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Arlington, TX; Geoffrey Tait, Licensed Private Investigator, Cat's-Eye Intelligence Service, Fort Worth, TX

P3 Family Conference Groups: The Dream, the Reality, and Creating a New Vision!

Review the foundations of the family conference group in restorative justice and the challenge of implementing family conference groups consistent with the principles of restorative justice, with a particular emphasis on an inclusive, collaborative process and the maximum involvement of the stakeholders.
Presenters: Brenda Waugh, Attorney at Law, Martinsburg, WV

P4 Web-Based Practice Communities of Learning

Learn about Florida's Center for the Advancement of Child Welfare Practice and its role in assisting Florida's public-private partnerships achieve practice excellence through online resources and tools. The presentation includes an online live demonstration of features and services provided along with information useful for replication in other states and locales.
Presenters: Donald Policella, Program Director, and Pamela Menendez, Knowledge Management Administrator, University of South Florida/Florida Mental Health Institute, Tampa, FL

P5 Improving Outcomes for Youth Aging Out of Care: A Multidisciplinary Effort

Delaware was faced with a growing number of youth in foster care and aging out of the foster care system, a problem identified within the state and confirmed by the 2007 CFSR. Learn how all systems came together to change the culture and practice around the goal of Another Planned Permanent Living Arrangement and services to youth aging out of foster care- all with no influx of money to support the effort.
Presenters: Shirley Roberts, Office of Children's Services Administrator, Division of Family Services, Wilmington, DE; Judge Barbara Crowell, CIP Judge, Family Court of the State of Delaware, Wilmington, DE; and Allison McDowell, Program Administrator, The Office of the Child Advocate, Wilmington, DE

P6 Managing Your Workforce: Preparing for the Baby Boomer Retirement Bubble

Is your organization ready for the departure of your most senior managers, supervisors, and frontline workers? This session reports the demographic facts of the looming baby boomer retirement bubble and its potential to exacerbate child welfare workforce shortages. Options for managing this demographic phenomenon will be explored.
Presenters: Kathy Fallong, Manager, and Jennifer MacBlane, Operations Manager, Public Consulting Group, Inc., Boston, MA

P7 Please Don't Pity Me: Youth in Progress Presents Confronting Stereotypes of Youth in Foster Care

Youth in Progress is a youth-led education and reform initiative to effect change and improvement in the foster care system. In 2006, youth partnered with the NYS Office of Children and Family Services Bureau of Training to create a training video, Confronting Stereotypes of Youth in Foster Care, which addresses the stereotypes young people in foster care face and poses questions about how all of us can help to dispel them. Based on the stories of four foster care youth, the video showcases how they have overcome some of their struggles. Come and see the video, and find out how it is being used in the recruitment and retention of foster, adoptive, and permanency resources for these youth, as well as the training of child care staff at all levels.
Presenters: Michelle L. Ray, Senior Education Specialist, NYS Adolescent Services Resource Network, Professional Development Program, University at Albany, Albany, NY; and Stephen K. Opela, Coordinator of Group Home Program and Mentor for Youth, Northeast Parent and Child Society, Schenectady, NY

P8 Supportive Housing for Families: An innovative Partnership in Service of Permanency and Stability

Examine an evaluation of the Supportive Housing for Families model for family preservation and reunification. Results indicate high client engagement and positive changes in housing status, employment, parental substance abuse, and environment of care. Policy implications and collaborative plans for longitudinal and experimental evaluation are discussed.
Presenters: Anne F. Farrell, Assistant Professor, University of Connecticut, Stamford, CT; Lisa Hansen, Quality Improvement Specialist, The Connection, Inc., Middletown, CT; Melissa Lujan, Montgomery County Coalition for the Homeless, Mansfield, CT; Preston Britner Associate Professor and the Associate Department Head of Human Development & Family Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; and S. Kim Somaroo-Rodriguez, Program Supervisor, Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Hartford, CT

P9 Pockets of Practice Excellence: Florida's IV-E Waiver Demonstration Project

Examine Florida's IV-E Waiver and findings, consistent with the theory of change, from the statewide evaluation. The waiver allows child welfare agencies to use IV-E funds flexibly to promote positive outcomes for children and families. Since implementation, agencies have demonstrated practice excellence via innovation to improve outcomes.
Presenters: Tara King-Miller, Cathy Sowell, and Amy Vargo, Assistants in Research, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

P10 Documentary Film: Preacher's Sons

This documentary portrays a five-year period over which two fathers and five adopted sons become a secure family. We see evidence of mostly excellent parenting and the effect it has on formerly abused and neglected children. Challenges, methods, and results are woven into an entertaining and moving story. The objective of this poster session is to present an inspirational tale of challenges overcome with research-based practice. Both parents are professionally trained to work with children, but the diversity of their family (same sex white parents and children of color) presents extraordinary challenges.
Presenter: C. Roebuck Reed, Director/Producer, Odd Path Pictures, Burbank, CA

P11 What We Know About the Brain and What It Tells Us About Helping Traumatized Kids

This workshop presents the latest understanding of brain function, how it is affected by childhood trauma, and implications for designing treatment programs for traumatized youth. The presenters include a client who contrasts traditional systems with trauma-informed care from her point of view. It includes specific strategies for changing programs.
Presenter: Patricia Wilcox, Vice President, Klingberg Family Centers, New Britain, CT; Samantha Morris, Child Development Specialist, Klingberg Family Centers, Wethersfield, CT; and Ashley S., Client, Klingberg Family Centers, Wethersfield, CT

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