Program Guide

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WORKSHOP INFORMATION

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Workshop Session A

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 10:45AM – 12:15PM

A-1 New York City’s Investment in Primary Prevention

New York City is investing in reducing exposure to toxic stress and increasing protective factors to minimize child welfare involvement.

Lorelei Vargas, MPP, MA, Deputy Commissioner, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Division of Child and Family Well-Being, New York, NY

Sheela Bowler, MPH, Special Advisor, Foster America Fellow, NYC Administration for Children’s Services, Division of Child and Family Well-Being, New York, NY

A-2 Exercising Cultural Sensitivity in Child Welfare Practice: Meeting the Needs of Immigrant and Refugee Families

Session will explore opportunities and challenges presented by immigrant/refugee families as well as current gaps in services for this population in the child welfare system.                    

Wanja Ogongi, PhD, Assistant Professor, Millersville University School of Social Work, Millersville, PA

Yodit Amaha, MSW, Senior Supervisor, Lutheran Children and Family Services, Philadelphia, PA

A-3 Questions of Consent and More: Medical Decision-Making for Children in the Child Welfare System (1.5 SUBSTANTIVE CLE CREDIT)

For children in the child welfare system, the provision of medical care can raise legal issues; similarly, legal questions can require medical involvement and answers.

Taylor Hawes-Pacheco Esq., Staff Attorney, Support Center for Child Advocates, Philadelphia, PA

Barbara H. Chaiyachati MD, PhD, Child Abuse Pediatrics Fellow, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Bridget Warner, Esq, Divisional Deputy City Solicitor, Philadelphia Law Department, Child Welfare Unit, Philadelphia, PA

A-4 What happens after exiting foster care to adoption? Experiences, service needs, and well-being from finalization through young adulthood

Two research projects will shed light on the service needs and well-being of children adopted from foster care, from finalization through the transition to adulthood.

Sharon Vandivere, MPP, Senior Research Scientist, Child Trends, Bethesda, MD

Traci B. Jones, Adoption Program Manager, Division of Family Services, Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, VA

Esther Gross, BA, Senior Research Analyst, Child Trends, Bethesda, MD

Megan Novak, AM, Research Analyst, Child Trends, Bethesda, MD

A-5 Bringing Youth Voice to the Child Trafficking Multidisciplinary Response

This workshop brings recommendations from the SEEN Youth Advisory Board to multidisciplinary professionals responding to sexually exploited and trafficked youth.

Elizabeth Bouchard, Program Manager, The Children’s Advocacy Center of Suffolk County, Boston, MA

A-6 Outcomes from a Supportive Housing and Child Welfare Experiment

This session presents findings from a randomized controlled trial testing the effectiveness of permanent housing and support services for child welfare involved homeless families.

Bridgette Lery, PhD, Director of Research & Evaluation, San Francisco Human Services Agency, San Francisco, CA

Emily Rhodes, MPP, Researcher, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Workshop Session B

Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 3:30PM – 5:00PM

B-1 The Role of Out-of-Home Caregivers in the Achievement of Child Welfare Permanency

The provision of targeted supports for out-of-home caregivers is centrally important for agencies looking to increase the efficiency of the child welfare permanency process.

Colleen Cary Katz, PhD, Assistant Professor, Silberman School of Social Work, Hunter College, CUNY, New York, NY

Marina Lalayants, MPA, PhD, Associate Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY

B-2 Driving Child Welfare Reform Forward: Using the Family First Prevention Services Act as a Tool to Advance Equity and Well-Being

Facilitators will introduce strategies for using the Family First Prevention Services Act to achieve system reform and advance equity and well-being for children and families.

Alexandra Citrin, MSW, MPP, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, DC

Megan Martin, MSW, Vice President, Director of Policy, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, DC

B-3 How Many Caseworkers Does it Take…?

This workshop examines an under-appreciated aspect of interventions for child abuse and neglect—the readiness to change behavior. One reason for the limited success of interventions may be that they are designed with the assumption that individuals want to change. Behavior change is a process that moves through stages and is influenced by rewards and costs.

Richard J. Gelles, PhD, Professor, Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence, Managing Faculty Director, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, Philadelphia, PA

B-4 Using Data to Support Educational Success for Youth in Foster Care (1.5 SUBSTANTIVE CLE CREDIT)

This session will mobilize the child welfare community to advocate for and use data to support the educational needs of students in foster care.

Elizabeth Dabney, Director of Research and Policy Analysis, Data Quality Campaign, Washington, DC

Kathleen McNaught, JD, Director, Education Projects, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law, Legal Center for Foster Care and Education, Washington, DC

B-5 Professional Grief: Coping with Everyday Losses

Learn about professional grief and how it affects a social worker’s well-being.  Learn tips to cope and avoid burn-out from professional grief.                                                            

Julie Fanning, MSW, LCSW, Owner/Therapist, Holding Hope Services, West Dundee, IL

B-6 ACEs Screening in Pediatrics: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Improving Child Welfare

Explore the opportunities and challenges of implementing Adverse Childhood Experience (ACEs) screening in pediatric  offices; utilizing a learning collaborative, technical assistance, and quality improvement methodology.       

Margaret Wayne, MPH, Health Liaison, Docs for Tots, Astoria, NY

Liz Isakson, MD, Executive Director, Docs for Tots, Astoria, NY

Workshop Session C

Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 11:00AM – 12:30PM 

C-1 Bridging Child Welfare and Developmental Disabilities:  Tools and Strategies

The intersectionality between child welfare and developmental disabilities will be discussed and portions of an online training developed for child welfare caseworkers will be shown.

Trupti Rao, PsyD, Director of Psychology Training, Westchester Institute for Human Development, Valhalla, NY

Beth Reiman, PhD, LCSW-R, Coordinator of Forensic/Clinical Services, Westchester Institute for Human Development, Valhalla, NY

C-2  From Foster Care to College: Exploring Practice and Policy Approaches to Improving Post-Secondary Educational Opportunities and Outcomes

This workshop will explore best practices in ensuring that youth in foster care can realize their potential of accessing and succeeding in higher education.

Sarah Wasch, MSW, Program Manager, Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA

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

C-3  Conducting a Community Needs Assessment to Establish and Sustain an Evidence-Based Service Array

This workshop will discuss the process of conducting an agency and community needs assessment and the best practices for selecting and implementing new EBPs.

Jared Martin, MA, Implementation & Training Specialist, California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse, Rady Children’s Hospital: Chadwick Center for Children & Families, San Diego, CA

C-4  High Risk Flags:  Identifying and Developing Indicators for Cases in Need of Targeted Review

This mixed-methods study was conducted by a large, urban child welfare jurisdiction to identify high risk flags associated with unfavorable outcomes to inform multi-disciplinary reviews.

Allison Thompson, PhD, MSS, Senior Research Officer, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Philadelphia, PA

Jennifer Good, MPA, Data Analysis Administrator, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Philadelphia, PA

C-5 Harm Reduction Strategies for Commercially Sexually Exploited Youth (1.5 SUBSTANTIVE CLE CREDIT)

The harm reduction approach aims to empower youth, increase self-determination and thus build internal capacity for change, resulting in long term safety and stability.        

Kelley Hartman Barr, Analyst, California Department of Social Services, Sacramento, CA

Kate Walker Brown, JD, Director, National Center for Youth Law Collaborative Responses to Commercial Sexual Exploitation Initiative, Oakland, CA

C-6 Implementation of a Multidisciplinary Clinic Providing Medical Evaluations and Care Coordination for Foster Care Children: Outcomes, Practice Applications, and Future Directions

Multidisciplinary foster care health program team (occupational therapy, social work, nurse, physician) will provide tools to address commonly observed health care concerns and barriers.      

Kristine Fortin, MD MPH, Attending Physician, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Judy Dawson, RN, Nurse Care Coordinator, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Angela Lamb, MSW LSW, Social Worker, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Anne-Ashley Field, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Jordan Porter, OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Colleen Bennett, MD, Fellow Physician, National Clinician Scholar, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

Workshop Session D

Thursday, June 6, 2019 | 1:45PM – 3:15PM

D-1 National Count of Foster Homes and Exploration of Macroeconomic Factors That Impact Capacity

States are struggling to recruit and retain foster homes while foster care numbers are at a 15-year high, with demand expected to increase. This presentation will analyze how foster home capacity is affected by economic determinants, including payments to foster parents, housing costs, and labor market conditions.

Ioana Marinescu, PhD, Assistant Professor, Faculty Research Fellow – National Bureau of Economic Research, University Of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, Philadelphia, PA

Johanna K.P. Greeson, PhD, MSS, MLSP, Associate Professor, Co-Director – Child Well-being and Child Welfare Specialization, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, Philadelphia, PA

Daniel Heimpel, President, Fostering Media Connections, Los Angeles, CA 

D-2 Child Maltreatment and Domestic Violence: Keeping Families Safe Through Comprehensive Education and Collaboration

This presentation will discuss the gaps in current interventions aimed to address the overlap between child maltreatment and domestic violence and will offer promising practices for the future.

Gabrielle Gault, MSW, LSW, Training Coordinator, Rutgers University, School of Social Work, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, New Brunswick, NJ

D-3 Child and Family Teaming with Children 0-5 in Child Welfare

The Child and Family Teaming framework can help improve the situations of children age zero to five in the child welfare system.

Colleen Paul, LMFT, LPCC, EC, RPFII, Public Education Specialist IV, University of California, Davis, Center for Continuing and Professional
Education (CPE), Resource Center for Family Focused Practice, Davis, CA

D-4 The Impact of Childhood Sexual Abuse on the Masculinity of Adult Male Victims: A Qualitative Research Study Supported by the Artwork of a Survivor

The presentation will advance our understanding of the experience of child sexual abuse for adult male victims. Practice and advocacy considerations will be explored using artwork.           

Rick Azzaro, LCSW, Executive Director, Family Design Resources, Inc., Harrisburg, PA         

D-5 Building Communities of Hope

The Ripple Effect: Sharing the vision and principles of implementing prevention as an organizational approach in the climate of FFPSA legislation.

Pebbles Edelman, MEd, EdS, LMHC, Sr. VP of Clinical and Community Services, Partnership for Strong Families, Inc., Gainesville, FL

Keith Fanjoy, LCSW-C, Chief Executive Officer, San Mar Family and Community Services, Hagerstown, MD

Paul DiLorenzo, Senior Director for Strategic Consulting, Casey Family Programs, Bala Cynwyd, PA

D-6 We Care About Our Education: How Our Involvement In Institutional Placements & Group Care Impacted Our Educational Experiences… And How Adults Can Support Us In Leading Change (1.5 ETHICS CLE CREDIT)

Hear from youth advocates, social workers, and attorneys about barriers to educational reentry, strategies for reform, and how to support youth as leaders for change.

Kate Burdick, Esq., Senior Attorney, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA

Cathy Moffa, MSS, MLSP, Youth Advocacy Program Manager, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA

Youth Representative

Workshop Session E

Friday, June 7, 2019 | 8:30AM – 10:00AM

E-1 Rapid Rehousing for Family Reunification (1.5 SUBSTANTIVE CLE CREDIT) 
This workshop will present information on an innovative housing program for families whose reunification with their children is delayed due to lack of adequate housing.

Nan Feyler, JD, MPH, Stoneleigh Fellow, City of Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Philadelphia, PA

Syreeta Owen-Jones, MSW, Family and Youth Engagement Administrator, City of Philadelphia, Department of Human Services, Philadelphia, PA

Sam Jones, MSW, Housing Stabilization Specialist, Congreso de Latinos Unidos, Philadelphia, PA

E-2 Parent Advocates in Child Welfare: Partnership with Child Protective Services 

This presentation reports on experiences with the parent advocacy initiative; collaboration among parent advocates, child protective services workers/supervisors, facilitators, and other professionals.

Marina Lalayants, MPA, PhD, Associate Professor, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY

Sharon Jeon, Research Associate, Hunter College, City University of New York, New York, NY

E-3 Collateral Damage: Working with Children from Families Impacted by the Opioid Epidemic

This session explores the unique dynamics that influence relationship formation and life domain functioning of children coming from families impacted by opioid addiction.         

Julie Lennon, MSW, LSW, Sr. Training Specialist, The MENTOR Network, Broomall, PA         

E-4 The Influence of Technological Advances on Case Practice and Supervision: Preliminary Lessons Learned from the QIC-WD Virginia Site      

This workshop will present preliminary results from a QIC-WD site’s intervention examining associations between technological supports, casework and supervisory practices, and child welfare staff turnover.    

Dana Hollinshead, PhD, MPA, Assistant Research Professor, Kempe Center, Harvard, MA

Elizabeth Overall Lee, MSW, Project Manager, Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, VA

E-5  Achieving and Sustaining Permanency Using an Adolescent Development Framework (1.5 ETHICS CLE CREDIT)

All youth deserve permanency. This workshop will share strategies for achieving permanency for older youth informed by adolescent brain development and the experiences of youth.

Ilene Dubin, Esq., Legal Training Division Manager, Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), Harrisburg, PA

Christina K. Sorenson, Esq., Zubrow Legal Fellow, Juvenile Law Center, Philadelphia, PA

Anthony Simpson, Youth Advocate, Juvenile Law Center: Youth Fostering Change

Workshop Session F

Friday, June 7, 2019 | 11:30AM – 1:00PM

F-1 Aligning Resources with Needs: Data Solutions to Improving Outcomes for Expectant and Parenting Youth in Foster Care and a Call to Action

Building the capacity of child welfare systems to collect and utilize data to improve the outcomes of expectant and parenting youth in foster care and their children.

Rhoda Smith, PHD, MSW, Assistant Professor, Springfield College School of Social Work, Springfield, MA

Lisa Primus, LMSW, Senior Associate, Center for the Study of Social Policy, New York, NY

F-2 Strategies for strengthening protective factors in families with children aged 0-5

This presentation will examine effective and innovative services/programs offered to families with children aged 0-5 that aim to strengthen families’ protective factors.    

Vera Stiefler Johnson, Senior Research Associate, Children’s Institute, Los Angeles, CA

Jacqueline Atkins, PhD, VP, Strengthening Families, Children’s Institute, Los Angeles, CA

F-3  Promoting Cross Discipline Professional Education and Dismantling Challenges to Interdisciplinary Practice on Behalf of Children and Families (1.5 SUBSTANTIVE CLE CREDIT)

This panel presentation will focus on the panelists’ vision to prepare future leaders in child and family advocacy through scholarly engagement in interdisciplinary education through the lens of education, law, medical, nursing, psychology and social work education.

Cindy Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN, Rosemarie B. Greco Endowed Term Chair in Advocacy, Associate Professor of Nursing, University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, Philadelphia, PA

Kara R. Finck, Esq., Practice Professor of Law, Director of Interdisciplinary Child Advocacy Clinic, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Philadelphia, PA

Caroline L. Watts, EdD, Senior Lecturer and Director of School and Community Engagement,

University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, Philadelphia, PA

Antonio Garcia, MSW, PhD, Associate Professor, Co-Director, Child Well-Being & Child Welfare Specialization, University of Pennsylvania School of Social Policy & Practice, Philadelphia, PA

F-4 Redesigning Child Welfare and Behavioral Health Systems Utilizing Trauma Intensive Services: Benchmarks’ Partnering for Excellence

This session will present the Benchmarks’ Partnering for Excellence model utilizing trauma intensive services, aligning processes around a clinical assessment, and sharing responsibilities. The use of quantitative and qualitative data in driving community initiatives and actions that participants can take in their local communities to align services and build resiliency will be discussed.

Jenny Cooper, PFE, Chief Research & Development Officer, Benchmarks, Raleigh, NC         

F-5  The Road from Foster Care to Homeless: Turing the Tide Toward Success

An interactive simulation allows participants to experience the challenges of coming of age in the foster care system. Learn how communities can assist this population.

Melissa DeMotta, MSW, Program Specialist, Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness, Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth, Reading, PA

Kristen Hoffa, BA, Regional Coordinator, Pennsylvania’s Education for Children and Youth Experiencing Homelessness , Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth, Reading, PA

Matthew Butensky, BA, MPA, Youth Development Coordinator, State Education Foster Care Point of Contact, Center for Schools and Communities/ Educational Stability for Foster Care Youth, Camp Hill, PA

F-6  Working Together: Bridging Public Agencies, Community Partners and Survivors to Support Commercially Sexually Exploited Children and Youth in Los Angeles County (1.5 ETHICS CLE CREDIT)

Hear about practical tools, multidisciplinary collaborations, and lessons learned from Los Angeles’ work with youth who have been commercially sexually exploited.           

Kate Walker Brown, JD, Director, National Center for Youth Law, Oakland, CA

Michelle Guymon, MSW, Director, Los Angeles County Probation Department, Los Angeles, CA Mae Ackerman-Brimberg, JD, MSW, Attorney, National Center for Youth Law, Oakland, CA