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Closing the Loop: Evidence-Based Practices in Permanency

7/30/2002:   CWLA's Research to Practice (R2P) Initiative announces its first teleconference workshops that will address the important issues surrounding permanency for children. To be held September 24th and October 1st, these workshops will highlight critical findings in the empirical work about child permanency and stability as related to reunification. Implications for practice are presented in a format that affords participants an opportunity to translate them into individualized agency action plans. The discussion will include consideration of the replication or adaptation of evidence-based models and the incorporation of individual practice principles into existing service delivery systems.

Permanency is important for all children. Every child needs to have the assurance of physical and personal stability, and to have confidence in the regularity of relationships and the routine of daily life. Permanency allows children to define themselves as belonging to a family and to be cared for by adults with whom they are bound by ties of heritage and long-term caring relationships. Children can experience the benefits of permanency with their birthparents, relatives, adoptive parents, or other adults who make a commitment to care for them until adulthood. (Adapted from CWLA Standards of Excellence for Kinship Care Services).

Federal and state laws encourage the return of foster children to their own families as quickly as possible when this can be done without comprising the safety of children. Family reunification continues to be the permanency option of choice for most children in out-of-home care.

Child welfare and many other professionals are challenged daily in their work with children and families to make critical decisions and choices about a child's future. A number of critical factors impact this decision making process. Professionals must consider a variety of significant issues that influence a child's stability or instability within their biological or foster family, as well as a number of legislative, funding, and practice measures.

The teleconference workshops will be held on September 24, 2002 (Session I) and October 1, 2002 (Session II) 1:00 to 2:30 PM (Eastern Time).

Session I: Decision Making & Family Reunification
Highlights of research on permanency decision-making and family reunification and stability are presented. Participants are introduced to specific practice models and given tools to assess their own agency’s readiness to transfer researched practices into application. Participants are introduced to the replication-adaptation-exploration continuum of practice transfer.

Session II: Planning for Practice
Discussion centers on agency self-assessments and the development of strategies for adoption of evidence-based reunification programs and practices. Participants use a plan template to develop an individualized Practice Transfer Plan.

Registration Fee: $75.00 per session/per site
Register for Session I and II prior to August 1, 2002 and receive a 10% discount.

Register online at www.cwla.org/programs/r2p/

CEUs are available. Enrollment in both sessions is strongly encouraged. Course materials will be e-mailed to each registered site one week prior to the first teleconference session. For further information about content, presenters, and CEUs, contact Research to Practice staff at R2P@cwla.org or call Sue Callaway, at 202/662-4289.

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