We are pleased to present a series of webinars to provide context and supportive information leading up to the CWLA Virtual Summit.
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Early Detection in Child Welfare: Connecting Families to Quality Prevention Treatment Services
In 2019, the Lafayette Family Preservation Court implemented the Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) protocol for families involved with child welfare in the hopes of identifying and appropriately treating parental substance use, depression, and risk of opioid overdose early on in the life of the case. The goals of the program were to prevent removals, decrease time to treatment, and decrease staff workload. Implementation continued throughout the stay-at-home orders and court closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A mixed-methods evaluation approach was utilized to analyze the effectiveness of the program, analyze trends in demographics and equity, and stratify risk-scores and qualitatively document lessons. This presentation focuses on early lessons of the implementation process of the SBIRT protocol and practical lessons for replication.
Presenters: Philip Breitenbucher, Assistant Professor of Social Work, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, California Baptist University; Keri-Lyn Coleman, President, Wellscreen Inc.; and Darce’ Byrd, Coordinator, and Pam Russel, Case Manager, Family Preservation Court, State of Louisiana 15th Judicial District Court
Thursday, September 17, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm ET
Developing a Comprehensive Approach to Equitable, Accessible, Post Adoption Services and Supports
Adoptive families face challenges and have needs that manifest at different times across the life course. Yet families often struggle to find appropriate help, particularly in underserved areas due to racial disparities and rural locations or when problems arise years following the adoption. Presenters will share how the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) conducted a needs assessment for post-adoption services. Attendees will learn about: how the needs assessment informed the creation of an equitable, accessible, coordinated, comprehensive service strategy, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; the tools, products, and communications strategy developed to disseminate this information to relevant audiences; and how VDSS leveraged a revised funding structure to implement the new service array. Presenters will highlight effective strategies for determining and implementing a comprehensive array of programs and services to equitably meet the needs of children and families.
Presenters: Berenice Rushovich, Research Scientist, Child Welfare, and Allison Hebert, Research Analyst, Child Welfare, Child Trends; and Traci. B. Jones, Adoption Program Manager, Division of Family Services, Virginia Department of Social Services
Tuesday, September 22, 2020
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm EDT
Taking Equity to Scale: Building on Past Successes and Failures
National and local leaders from private, academic, and charitable sectors, who have been working to address ways to reduce inequities in child welfare through a focus on family and community strengthening and prevention, will share their views about what has worked well and what has not worked. They will discuss how to build on this learning to take successful programs and services addressing equity to scale.
Presenters: Lola Adedokun, Program Director for Child Well-Being and Director for the African Health Initiative, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Alex Morales, (retired) President and CEO, Children’s Bureau of Southern California; Bryan Samuels, Executive Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago; and Dr. David Sanders, Executive Vice President of Systems Improvement, Casey Family Programs
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
Boldly Leading Anti-Racist Work Within the Connecticut Department of Children and Families
The Connecticut Department of Children and Families (CT DCF), believes that every child, youth, and family deserve effective supports and services in order to meet their unique needs. CT DCF recognizes and acknowledges how dominant culture, power, and privilege perpetuate racism in our systems, programs, interactions, and decision-making. As a result, CT DCF has been on a journey to become a racially just organization and now, most recently (2020), an anti-racist organization whose beliefs, values, policies, and practices are developed to actively oppose and eliminate racism and support the improvement of outcomes for children, youth, and families. The overarching mission of this work is to examine and redesign CT DCF at all levels as an authentically anti-racist agency. This anti-racist work is taking place in the context of DCF’s Safe and Sound culture, as well as supported by it, as it unfolds. In this webinar, presenters will share their experiences as well as insights into the Department’s journey, focusing on what it takes to keep the work of racial justice at the forefront, in the background, integrated into, and at all levels in ways that ultimately impact children, families, and communities.
Presenters: Vannessa L. Dorantes, Commissioner, Jodi Hill-Lilly, Deputy Commissioner, Tina Jefferson, Bureau Chief of Child Welfare, and Monica Rams, Director of Multicultural Affairs, Connecticut Department of Children and Families; and Jen Agosti, Founder and President, JRA Consulting, Ltd
Tuesday, September 29, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect:Lesson’s Learned from Washington State’s Kinship Navigator Program
Washington’s Kinship Navigator program connects relatives raising children with federal, state, and community resources. The program has grown over the past 14 years and currently serves 30 of 39 counties and 7 tribes. Its goal is to help kinship care families move towards greater stability and self-sufficiency in order to keep their children out of the formal foster care system. Kinship Navigator services promote knowledge and awareness of available resources for health, financial, legal, and other support services. The program also helps reduce barriers faced by kinship care families through problem solving and collaboration with public and private service providers. In 2018, the State of Washington began piloting an enhanced services model which included inquiries to assess the unique needs of the various subpopulations that make up Washington’s target population and the resulting implementation of culturally-adapted needs assessment tools in three counties. This presentation will identify modifications that were made to the enhanced model due to COVID and how the program has continued to maintain model fidelity despite the pandemic. It also will identify kinship navigator needs using a race equity lens. Presenters will provide preliminary results of the effects of the enhanced services model implemented in two early adopter counties compared to services as usual in comparable counties in the state. Implications for policy and practice and the importance of partnership will also be discussed.
Presenters: Dr. Angelique Day, Associate Professor, University of Washington School of Social Work; Rosalyn Alber, Kinship Navigator Fidelity Analyst Project Manager and Geene Felix Delaplane, Kinship Care and Lifespan Respite Program Manager, Home and Community Services, Aging and Long-Term Support Administration, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services; and Holly Luna, Kinship and Caregiver Retention and Support Program Manager, Division of Child Welfare Programs, Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families
Thursday, October 1, 2020
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm EDT
One Roof: Housing and Child Welfare Partnerships Supporting Families in Crisis
To help families thrive we must address the intersectional barriers of extreme poverty, disparities in health and disabilities, and systemic racism. The COVID-19 crisis alongside a rising up against the long history of racism in America has created a much-needed opportunity to fundamentally shift the way we support families and work to keep them together while helping them to meet their needs and thrive. One Roof is the collaborative national effort advancing housing solutions designed to keep or reunify families safely together and stabilized in their own homes with access to services. This approach employs a prevention model, when possible, and empowers families by combining the stability of a home with intense case management and cross sector services recognizing that families come in all different shapes and sizes, define themselves, and are better together in nurturing environments where needs are effectively identified based on where they are in life. This session will highlight components of this approach, with specific local examples and strategies related to the ongoing pandemic and long-standing racial disparities, which supports reimagining of a more equitable child welfare and community response. Presenters will share specific examples, including spotlighting Hennepin County, Minnesota and the creation of a Housing Stability Estimator that helps child welfare connect families to the housing and support services they may need. Being able to identify families that are struggling to access or maintain housing is critical to family stability and even more now, to their health.
Presenters: Andrew Johnson, Senior Program Manager, Strategy and Impact, Leah Lindstrom Rhea, Senior Program Manager, Upper Midwest, and Kara Mergl, Director of State Policy, CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing); and Jodi Wentland, Assistant Administrator of Human Services, Office of the County Administrator, Hennepin County (MN)