Field Center Trainings

Who Cares – Economic Barriers and Foster Family Recruitment

November 13, 2018

Fostering Media Connections’ online publication The Chronicle of Social Change hosted a panel discussion on Capitol Hill about economic barriers and foster family recruitment. Produced in conjunction with The Chronicle’s groundbreaking analysis of the supply and demand of foster homes across the country: www.fostercarecapacity.com and economic analysis from The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research.

Additional speakers included: foster parent and previous president of the Maryland Foster Parent Association Arnie Eby, Jennifer Jones with The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities and Rep. Karen Bass (D-CA), co-chair of the Congressional Caucus on Foster Youth.

Our Event Partners included The Alliance for Strong Families and Communities, Family Focused Treatment Association, The Field Center for Children’s Policy Practice and Research at UPenn and Binti.

 

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Updates on the Fostering Independence Through Education Act, Senate Edition

September 13, 2018

HB 1745: The Fostering Independence Through Education Act, which provides tuition and fee waivers for young people in the foster care system, is progressing through the Pennsylvania Senate after unanimously passing the House.

This webinar will review the provisions of the bill including recent amendments, and explain how participants can advocate to their Senators to ensure the bill’s passage.

Panelists:

Debra Wolfe, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research
Jenny Pokempner, Child Welfare Policy Director, Juvenile Law Center
Nadia Mozaffar, Staff Attorney, Juvenile Law Center

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Fostering the Future Webinar:
Making College a Reality for Pennsylvania Foster Youth

June 26, 2018

The Field Center provided a webinar for the Child Welfare Resource Center’s Older Youth Collaborative Webinar Series on innovative interventions to mitigate the obstacles that foster youth face in accessing and completing higher education.

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No Longer Just A Dream:
Making College a Reality for Foster Youth

June 18, 2018

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University of Pennsylvania Law School
Levy Conference Center
3501 Sansom Street, Philadelphia


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ONDAY, JUNE 18, 2018
8:30am-12:30pm

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PROGRAM


Welcoming Remarks
Debra Schilling Wolfe
Executive Director
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
University of Pennsylvania


Creating a College-Going Culture
Marissa Meyers
Special Projects Manager
Public Health Management Corporation


Challenges and Solutions in Access to
and Success in Higher Education

Moderator:
Sandie Beren
Quality Assurance Administrator
Montgomery County Office of Children and Youth
Montgomery County Department of Health and Human Services

Panelists:

Agnes Butler
Foster Parent

Mario Marino
Alumnus, Cabrini University

Seth Morones
Stoneleigh Emerging Leader Fellow
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
University of Pennsylvania

John Perry
Student, Temple University

Frank Tennant, Jr.
Case Manager, Turning Points for Children


Laws and Policies Governing
Post-Secondary Education in Child Welfare

Jennifer Pokempner
Director of Child Welfare Policy
Juvenile Law Center

Nadia Mozaffar
Staff Attorney
Juvenile Law Center


Navigating Funding:
Financing College for Foster Youth

William Lindsey
Pennsylvania School Services Manager
Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA)


Campus Support Programs for Foster Youth

Moderator:
Sarah Wasch
Program Manager
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
University of Pennsylvania

Panelists:

Stephanie Ives
Associate Vice President and Dean of Students
Temple University

Christine Lysionek
Vice President for Student Life
Cabrini University

Tori Nuccio
Associate Director of Financial Aid
West Chester University

David Thomas
Dean, Division of Access and Community Engagement
Community College of Philadelphia


Helping Youth Step Up to College
Sara L. Woods
Executive Director
Philadelphia Futures


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This training is offered at no charge thanks to the support of
The Philadelphia Foundation.

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Fostering Independence Through Education Act:
Informational Webinar on PA Foster Care Tuition Waiver Legislation

May 23, 2018

The Field Center collaborated with Juvenile Law Center on a webinar on Pennsylvania’s pending legislation, HB 1745, the Fostering Independence Through Education Act, to provide tuition waivers and support for foster youth attending Pennsylvania public colleges.

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Research on Human Trafficking among Homeless Youth:
New Findings and Implications for Policy and Practice

Monday, April 17, 2017

Click here to reach the Field Center’s Research report with preliminary findings
Click here for media coverage on this research project and one day conference

 

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Morning Session

Welcome Remarks
Debra Schilling Wolfe
Executive Director
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
University of Pennsylvania

Remarks
Hon. Patrick Meehan
United States Congress

Morning Keynote
Kevin Ryan
President & CEO
Covenant House International

Introduction by
John Ducoff
Executive Director
Covenant House Pennsylvania

Panel Presentation
Research Findings

MODERATOR:
David Howard
Senior Vice President of Research, Evaluation & Learning
Covenant House International

PRESENTERS:

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
Debra Schilling Wolfe
Executive Director
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research

Johanna Greeson
Assistant Professor
University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice

Sarah Wasch
Program Manager
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research

Dan Treglia
Senior Research Fellow
University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice

 

Loyola University New Orleans/Modern Slavery Research Project
Laura Murphy
Director
Modern Slavery Research Project

 

Covenant House New Jersey
Julia Einbond
Director of Strategy & Learning
Covenant House New Jersey

Afternoon Session

Afternoon Keynote
Anneke Lucas
Trafficking Survivor and Advocate

Panel Presentation
Policy Implications of Research Findings

MODERATOR:
Hugh Organ
Associate Executive Director
Covenant House Pennsylvania

PANELISTS:      

Hon. Senator Daylin Leach
Pennsylvania State Senate

Famatta Massalay
Survivor/Advocate

Leslie Richards, Secretary
Pennsylvania Department of Transportation

Penny Venetis, Executive Vice President & Legal Director
Legal Momentum

Panel Presentations
Practice Implications of Research Findings

MODERATOR:

Jayne Bigelsen
Director of Anti-Human Trafficking Initiatives
Covenant House New York

PANELISTS:

ShaNesha Joyner and Anna Thomas
Anti-Trafficking Case Managers
Covenant House New York

Madye Henson
Executive Director
Covenant House Washington D.C.

Melissa Brockie
Director of Prevention and Wellness
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Stacey Jay Cavaliere
Programs Director
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Concluding Remarks

Debra Schilling Wolfe
Executive Director
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research

 

 

Research on Human Trafficking among Homeless Youth:
New Findings and Implications for Policy and Practice

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Financing College for Foster Youth:
Preparation, Engagement, and Retention Strategies

Thursday, June 2, 2016

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Program

 

Foster Youth as an Invisible Constituency: Why Should We Care?
Debra Schilling Wolfe
Executive Director
Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research
University of Pennsylvania
The Challenges Faced by Foster Youth: Student Voices
A panel of current and former students will offer a first-person account
of the challenges faced by foster youth in higher education
Moderator: Dr. David E. Thomas
Dean
Division of Access and Community Engagement
Community College of Philadelphia

Panel Presentation
Foster Youth Preparation for College

Systems of Care:
Understanding Foster Care and other Child Welfare Programs
Laurie O’Connor
Director
Montgomery County Office of Children & Youth

 

Preparing Foster Youth to Apply to and Attend College
Jean Strout, Esq.
Zubrow Fellow, Juvenile Law Center

 

Unique Costs of Attendance for Foster Youth
Tori Weigant
Assistant Director of Financial Aid
Unaccompanied Homeless Youth Liaison
West Chester University

 
Funding Available for Foster Youth in Higher Education
Ron Felder
Pennsylvania School Services Higher Education Access Partner
PHEAA
 
Eileen McCaffrey
Executive Director
Foster Care to Success
 
Challenges with Retention and Completion
Jennifer Pokempner
Child Welfare Policy Director
Juvenile Law Center
 
Strategies for Institutional and Student Success
Maureen Braun-Scalera
Director of the Office of Youth Empowerment

Rutgers University

 

This training was offered at no charge thanks to the support of The Philadelphia Foundation.

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Foster Care to College: Strategies for Success

Thursday, August 22, 2013

 

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The Field Center held an important colloquium to explore the challenges faced by foster youth who attend college and begin a community conversation to build awareness of the issue and identify strategies to improve outcomes.

Following the colloquium, the Field Center convened a workgroup to further explore this issue locally. We encourage area colleges who were unable to attend in person to view the colloquium through the link below.  For more information about the workgroup, please email the Field Center at fieldctr@sp2.upenn.edu.

 

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Addressing the Myth and Reality of Confidentiality and Privacy in Cross System Information Sharing

University of Pennsylvania

November 8-9, 2010

Conference Schedule

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Conference Sessions

Welcome, Dedication, and Introductions

Debra Schilling Wolfe, Executive Director, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice, and Research

Daniel Stein, Managing Partner, Stewards of Change

Richard Gelles, Dean, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice

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Opening Remarks

Hon. Josh Shapiro, 153rd PA Legislative District; Member of White House Team of State Legislators for Health Care Reform

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Privacy, Security, and Ethical Issues in Information Sharing and Technology

George Scriban, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Corporation

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Privacy, Security, and Ethical Issues in Information Sharing and Technology

Lillie Coney, Associate Director, Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC)

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Privacy, Security, and Ethical Issues in Information Sharing and Technology

Ari Schwartz, Senior Internet Policy Advisor, National Institute of Standards and Technology

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Is Privacy More Than Choice?

Anita L. Allen, Deputy Dean and Henry R. Silverman Professor of Law and Professor of Philosophy, University of Pennsylvania Law School

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Linking Education and Human Services

Lyndsay Pinkus, Policy Manager, Data Quality Campaign

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Linking Education and Human Services

Jessica Feierman, Supervising Attorney, Juvenile Law Center

Maura McInerney, Staff Attorney, Education Law Center

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Information Sharing and Foster Care

Stefanie Gluckman, Health Policy Manager, The Children’s Partnership

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Foundational Elements of Federal Law and Regulations:A Framework for Information Sharing

Lauren Steinfeld, Chief Privacy Officer, University of Pennsylvania

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Moving Beyond HIPPA as a Barrier to Information Sharing

Rebecca Gudeman, Senior Attorney, National Center for Youth Law

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Moving Beyond HIPPA as a Barrier to Information Sharing

Uma Ahluwalia, Director, Montgomery County MD Department of Human Services

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Mental Health and Substance Abuse: 42 Ways to Yes

Sid Gardner, President, Center for Children and Family Futures

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Lisa Rieger, Vice President and General Counsel, Cook Inlet Tribal Counsel

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Developing Strategies to Meet Challenges in Information Sharing: Lessons Learned

Moderator: Richard J. Gelles

Panelists:

Christopher Wu, Executive Director, Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care, Center for Families, Children & the Courts – Administrative Office of the Courts

Erin Dalton, Deputy Director, Allegheny County PA Department of  Human Services, Office of Data Analysis, Research and Evaluation

Barbara Cohn, Executive Agency Counsel; Director of Policy & Legal,  New York City HHS-Connect

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Resources for Conference on Confidentiality and Privacy

FERPA and Education Related Documents

The ABCs of Collecting and Sharing Education & Child Welfare Data: A “How To” Guide for Cross-System Collaborations
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Breaking Down Confidentiality and Decision-Making Barriers to Meet the Education Needs of Children in Foster Care
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Closing The Education Achievement Gap For Foster Youth — Education Information Sharing Challenges and Legal Provision
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Information Sharing Models: Examples of Interagency Agreements and Best Practices for Sharing of Education and School Records
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Mythbusting: Breaking Down Confidentiality & Decision-Making Barriers to Meet the Education Needs of Children in Foster Care
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Solving the Data Puzzle: A How-To Guide on Collecting and Sharing Information to Improve Educational Outcomes for Children in Out-of-Home Care
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  • Data Puzzle Tool A: Education Agency Self-Assessment Tool
    Data Collection Regarding Youth in the Child Welfare System
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  • Data Puzzle Tool B: Child Welfare Agency Self-Assessment Tool
    Data Collection Regarding Education Issues for Youth in the Child Welfare System
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  • Data Puzzle Tool C: Child Welfare and Education Collaborative Tool
    Data Collection and Sharing Across Systems
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Sharing Education Information for Children in Foster Care (2009)
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Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care: Education (2010)
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Substance Abuse and Mental Health

Screening and Assessment for Family Engagement, Retention, and Recovery
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Sharing Mental Health Care Information for Children in Foster Care (2009)
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Sharing Substance Abuse Treatment for Children in Foster Care (2010)
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Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care: Mental Health Care (2010)
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Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care: Substance Abuse Treatment (2010)
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Domestic Violence

FAQ’s on Survivor Confidentiality Releases
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Survivor Confidentiality and Privacy: Releases and Waivers At‐A‐Glance
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VAWA Section 3: Confidentiality
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VAWA HR PII
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HIPAA and Health Care Related Documents

HIPAA or FERPA? A Primer on School Health Information Sharing in California
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Overview of HITECH ACT Changes to HIPAA Privacy Rules
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Sharing Health Care Information for Children in Foster Care (2009)
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Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care: Health Care (2010)
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Technology, Data and Research

California Child Welfare Education Data Research Projects
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California Department of Social Services and Child Welfare Council Data Linkages Project
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Electronic Information Exchange for Children in Foster Care: A Roadmap to Improved Outcomes
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New Data: California Foster Youth: On the Path to Irresistible Information
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Examples of Data Sharing Agreements, Releases, Briefs, MOUs, etc

Allegheny Department of Human Services Data Release Agreement July 2001
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Allegheny County Department of Human Services And Allegheny County Juvenile Probation Office Data Sharing and Data Release Agreement
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Cook Inlet Tribal Council Comprehensive Release of Information
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Philadelphia County PA Order Appointing Counsel
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State of CA AOC Brief: Sharing Substance Abuse Treatment Information for Children in Foster Care
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Sharing Information About Children in Foster Care – Message From the Chair (2010)
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State of CA AOC Draft Brief: Sharing Education Information for Children in Foster Care
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State of CA AOC Draft Brief: Sharing Health Care Information for Children in Foster Care
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State of CA AOC Draft Brief: Mental Health Information for Children in Foster Care
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Statement on Data Sharing, California’s Child Welfare Council (2009)
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Vermont Confidentiality Documents
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Vermont Consumer Information and Privacy Rule
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Vermont Coordinated Service Plan Template – Section 1
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Legal Foundation Reports and Information

California Civil Code 56-103 and WIC 827
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Federal and State Confidentiality Statutes Most Commonly Applicable to Records Found in DHS Files
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Montgomery County, PA, Information Portability Project
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Montgomery County Information Portability Project: Confidentiality and Shared Access to Information for Child Welfare Workers Under Federal and Pennsylvania Law
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Confidentiality Presentations

New Data: California Foster Youth: On the Path to Irresistible Information (September 2010)
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DHS – Child Welfare Confidentiality
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Montgomery County DHHS – Confidentiality in a Multi-Service Agency
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FAQ’s on Survivor Confidentiality Releases
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