Child Welfare League of America

Workshop Session B

B1 Creating a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: Using Best Practices to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families-Part II

This second workshop in a two-part series will shift to the practice level. Presenters will share in-depth information from the NCTSN Child Welfare Training Toolkit. Child welfare and mental health agencies will learn about practical approaches to make their work more trauma-sensitive and how to lessen the risk of system-induced secondary trauma by serving as a protective and stress-reducing buffer for children. The session will focus on how the Toolkit has been used nationally along with other assessment and intervention tools for creating a trauma-informed child welfare system while highlighting information on culturally and developmentally appropriate practices.
Presenters: Lisa Conradi, Project Manager, Chadwick Center for Children and Families, San Diego, CA; and Carly Dierkhising, Research Associate, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Los Angeles, CA

B2 Effective Diversion: Reducing Placement in Out-of-Home Care

Consider the specific strategies that have assisted the urban area of Hillsborough County in Tampa, Florida, reduce out-of-home care by over 44% since the implementation of a community approach to successfully serve families in their own homes. Outcomes shared will include programmatic and financial impact.
Presenters: Beth Barrett, Program Administrator, Tampa YMCA, Tampa, FL; Jeff Rainey, CEO, and Karen Maziarz, CFO, Hillsborough Kids, Inc., Tampa, FL; and the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Department

B3 Building a Rural-Competent Workforce Through Partnership

A partnership between CWLA, its National Advisory Committee on Rural Social Services, and the University of California at Davis has resulted in the provision of training in rural cultural competence for child welfare workers, while continuing to improve standards for practice.
Presenters: Kathleen Belanger, Assistant Professor, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX; Brian Brandt, Director, Mountain Plains Region, CWLA, Denver, CO; and Susan Brooks, Program Director, Center for Human Services, University of California, Davis, Davis, CA

B4 Technology in Child Welfare: Improving Outcomes

Driven to better serve the children of Ontario, the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies is implementing a single integrated child welfare system in three member societies. The system will improve case tracking and service delivery in an environment of legislative transformation where improved permanency outcomes for children, a broader range of response options, implementation of alternative dispute resolution in the court system, and greater accountability are expectations. This presentation examines how OACAS used technology to improve processes and, in turn, improved outcomes for children, youth, and families.
Presenters: Jeanette Lewis, Executive Director, Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, Toronto, Canada; and Ronan Rooney, CTO and Cofounder, Curam Software, Herndon, VA

B5 Disproportionality: The Role of Family & Youth Involvement in Decision-Making

This session addresses the issue of disproportionality in Texas, focusing on the greatest disparities that exist for African American youth and families. This workshop concentrates on family and youth involvement in reducing or eliminating disproportionality and addresses Casey Family Program's 2020 Strategy for reducing the number of children in foster care.
Presenters: Joyce James, Assistant Commissioner for Child Protective Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Austin, TX; Carolyne Rodriguez, Senior Director, Texas Strategic Consulting, Casey Family Programs, Austin, TX; and Sheila Craig, State Disproportionality Manager, Child Protective Services, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, Austin, TX

B6 Findings and Implications for Fiscal and Kinship Care Reform: The 2008 Casey Child Welfare Survey

This workshop will report the findings and implications for policymakers from a national survey about states' child welfare financing and kinship care policies. All 50 states and Washington, DC, responded to the survey that was cofunded by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and Casey Family Programs.
Presenters: Rob Geen, Vice President for Public Policy, Kerry DeVooght, Research Analyst, and Tiffany Allen, Research Analyst, Child Trends, Washington, DC

B7 Post-Secondary Success for Foster Care Alumni

Explore the multiple supports needed to assist foster care alumni to succeed in post-secondary education, using the Indiana Guardian Scholars as a model of practice excellence. Student services, public and private partnerships, collaboration between a four-year university and a two-year community college, sustainability efforts, and marketing will be covered.
Presenter: Alishea Hawkins, Guardian Scholars Program Coordinator, Ball State University, Muncie, IN

B8 E-Learning: An Effective Tool for Staff Development and Retention

There is a workforce crisis in behavioral health and human service agencies. This workshop explores effective methods of staff development and retention for both non-licensed direct care staff and professional staff using E-Learning.
Presenter: Leslie Mariner, VP Business Development, Essential Learning, San Diego, CA

B9 Opening Doors and Reconnecting Youth with their Values, Families, and Communities

California AB 1453 mandates that residentially based services be short-term and facilitate connection with caregivers and community. Children need to feel safe, healthy, and permanently connected with their families, not saved from them. This presentation is based on this philosophy, with initial outcomes and lessons learned.
Presenters: Daren Dickson, Director, Adolescent Residential Services, Seneca Center, Concord, CA; and Sarah Chance, Researcher, Seneca Center, San Leandro, CA

B10 Building Our Future: Identifying, Developing, and Empowering Organizational Leadership

Explore the role of leadership development in long-term succession planning. The Family Intervention Services Leadership Institute was created to ensure the growth and development of organizational leadership by implementing strategies that build a pool of talented leaders grounded in nonprofit management, family support values, and strong leadership competencies.
Presenters: Jeanne Warnock, President/CEO, and Maureen Braun Scalera, Director, Family Intervention Services, South Orange NJ; Ingrid Vaca-Bullaro, Assistant County Director, Family Intervention Services, Rockaway, NJ; and Lori R. Maloney, Executive Vice President, JANUS Solutions, Hopewell, NJ

B11 Preserving Native Families: A Collaborative Prevention and Intervention Model

This workshop presents a prevention/intervention pilot program to preserve Tlingit and Haida families. Disproportionality of Native Alaskan Children in foster care is the highest in the nation. Through establishing cross-program relationships and early risk detection by required self-assessment of TANF families, the CCTHITA Child Welfare Agency has implemented culturally competent family-specific intervention services to keep families intact.
Presenters: Le Florindo, Deputy Director, Central Council Tribal Family Youth Services, Juneau, AK; and Mary Iannone-Smith, President, Face to Face Integrated Technologies, Lago Vista, TX

B12 Effective Ways for Choosing Evidence- Based Prevention Programs and Practice

Come hear about an exciting new tool created to help promote your thoughtful selection, implementation, and evaluation of child abuse and neglect prevention programs, services, and activities to better support and serve families in their communities. Examples of what communities have been doing to adapt evidence-based programs to meet the needs of different cultural groups will be highlighted.
Presenter: Julie Collins, Project Director for the FRIENDS National Resource Center for Child Abuse Prevention, CWLA, Arlington, VA

B13 Wired for Success: Starting Early Makes Sense

This presentation will provide an overview of neuro-scientific research about early brain development and highlight strategies to 'wire' young brains effectively for attention, bonding, and communication. Research shows that the experiences a child has on a regular basis can allow the brain to develop to its potential—whatever the individual heredity might be. Dr. Jill Stamm will synthesize this research into easy-to-understand terms and participants will learn how a child's brain grows and how it wires up for success. The workshop will help participants see young children differently than in the past and realize the power that every child care provider or caregiver has to impact healthy early brain development. Participants will learn about the impact of neglect and abuse on the developing brain and be able to use the information in their communities.
Presenter: Jill Stamm, Cofounder and Director, New Directions Institute for Infant Brain Development, and Associate Clinical Professor, Arizona State, Phoenix, AZ

B14 Engaging Parents in Substance Abuse Treatment: The Role of Recovery Specialists

This workshop will highlight strategies for engaging parents in substance abuse services, regaining custody, and assuming parenting roles. The presenter will outline issues and suggest recommendations for areas of policy and practice: strategies for engaging parents in substance abuse treatment and child welfare services; programmatic and collaborative structures of substance abuse specialist programs; and evaluation outcomes of substance abuse specialist programs.
Presenter: Sanford Robinson, Consultant, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, Irvine, CA

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