WEBINAR SERIES
Featuring Essay Authors of
COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Challenges and Responses

WORKING DIFFERENTLY WITH NEW PARTNERS
Features the following essays and authors.

Addressing the Digital Divide for Youth in Foster Care
Presenter: Serita Cox, Co-Founder & CEO, iFoster

Collaboration During COVID-19: The Role of Faith Communities and Technology
Presenters: Jacob G. Holland, Development Manager, Global Orphan Project; and Audrey Deckinga, LMSW, Assistant Commissioner, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (retired)

ORGANIZATIONAL/ OPERATIONAL CHANGES
Features the following essays and authors.

Communicating During A Crisis: Making Challenges an Opportunity
Presenters: Megan Branham, LMSW, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy Programs, North Public Relations; and Allison North Jones, Founder and CEO, North Public Relations

Shifting to a Remote Children and Family Services Workforce: The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Presenter: Marc D. Smith, Acting Director, Illinois Department of Children and Family Services

Videoconferencing in Child Welfare: An Appreciative Inquiry
Presenters: Angela Pittman-Vanderweide, CEO, NeuroAgile Leadership & Workforce Consulting; Robin O’Brien, Senior Advisor, Public Consulting Group; and Erica Vilay, Consultant, Public Consulting Group

THE LINK BETWEEN CHILD WELFARE AND POVERTY
Features the following essays and authors.

Child Poverty and the Pandemic
Presenter: Lenette Azzi-Lessing, Clinical Professor of Social Work, Boston University

COVID-19’s Economic Impact: Threatening a Decade of Progress in U.S. Food Security
Presenters: Emma Langley, MPH Candidate, CUNY Graduate School of Public Health and Health Policy; and Shannon Strother, Vice President for Programs, Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston

EFFECTIVE USE OF VIRTUAL/REMOTE SERVICES
Features the following essays and authors.

Exploring the Potential Benefits of Virtual Child Welfare Services
Presenters: Anna Davidson Abella, Research Assistant Professor, University of South Florida; Flandra Ismajli, Social and Behavioral Researcher, University of South Florida; and Linda M. Callejas, Anthropologist, University of South Florida

The National Family Preservation Network: Analyzing Remote Child Welfare Services During COVID-19
Presenter: Michelle Reines, Executive Director, National Family Preservation Network

The Challenge of Stay-at-Home Orders for Children, Youth, and Families
Presenter: Rick Azzaro, Executive Director, Voce

SERVICES AND SUPPORTS – SPECIAL POPULATIONS
Features the following essays and authors.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Latinx Immigrant Children & Families: A Call to Action
Presenter: Kristina Lovato, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor, School of Social Work, California State University-Long Beach

Creativity Across Borders: Supporting Transnational Families during a Pandemic
Presenter: Elaine Weisman, LMSW/MPH, Program and Training Manager, International Social Service-USA

The essay collection, COVID-19 and Child Welfare: Challenges and Responses, is available for purchase in both print and digital.

The essays share the challenges, significant developments, and innovations resulting from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the child welfare field—including how communities are exposing and addressing difficulties, reawakening a sense of connectedness, and taking the steps needed to advance the goals of the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare.