Watch Our Webinar: Adapting Evidence-Based Programs in Child Welfare

Posted March 26, 2018, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

In a webinar, learn how child welfare leaders and program developers can work together to adapt an evidence-based approaches.

The first webi­nar in a new series on imple­ment­ing evi­dence-based prac­tices in child wel­fare from the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion and the William T. Grant Foun­da­tion explores how child wel­fare lead­ers and pro­gram devel­op­ers can work togeth­er to adapt an evi­dence-based approach to the spe­cif­ic needs of a state — and fur­ther hone the approach as it moves to anoth­er jurisdiction.

The 60-minute webi­nar, Bring­ing Evi­dence-Based Pro­gram Adap­ta­tions into Pub­lic Child Wel­fare Sys­tems, describes how a child wel­fare leader in Delaware, faced with many teens com­ing into fos­ter care, worked with a devel­op­er of Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py, an evi­dence-based fam­i­ly ther­a­py inter­ven­tion, to test and install Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py-Fos­ter Care (FFT-FC). The new ver­sion of the pro­gram, geared specif­i­cal­ly to child wel­fare, helps young peo­ple and their fam­i­lies resolve con­flicts to help chil­dren remain at or return home.

Child wel­fare lead­ers want to get bet­ter out­comes for the young peo­ple in their sys­tems, but they may fear that evi­dence-based pro­grams won’t fit their needs and oper­at­ing real­i­ties,” says Suzanne Barnard, direc­tor of the Casey Foundation’s Evi­dence-Based Prac­tice Group, who mod­er­at­ed the webi­nar. The sto­ry of FFT-FC shows that pro­gram devel­op­ers and child wel­fare lead­ers can col­lab­o­rate to tai­lor what works to the needs of a par­tic­u­lar place while remain­ing faith­ful to the model.”

The webi­nar is the first in a four-part webi­nar series, Lead­ing With Evi­dence: Inform­ing Prac­tice With Research. This series stems from Lead­ing With Evi­dence con­fer­ences, where child wel­fare lead­ers, researchers and pro­gram devel­op­ers have come togeth­er to study and advance the use of evi­dence in the child wel­fare field. The Casey and Grant foun­da­tions host­ed these con­fer­ences in Bal­ti­more in 2016 and 2017.

Dur­ing the webi­nar, a pro­gram devel­op­er and two child wel­fare experts joined Barnard. These experts are:

  • Tom Sex­ton
    Direc­tor of Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py Asso­ciates, a train­ing and imple­men­ta­tion orga­ni­za­tion rep­re­sent­ing Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Therapy
     
  • Vicky Kel­ly
    For­mer direc­tor of the Delaware Divi­sion of Fam­i­ly Ser­vices, which inves­ti­gates child abuse, neglect and depen­den­cy and offers treat­ment ser­vices, fos­ter care, adop­tion, inde­pen­dent liv­ing and child care licens­ing services
     
  • Kathryn Way
    Spe­cial assis­tant to the assis­tant com­mis­sion­er for the Divi­sion of Child Pro­tec­tion and Per­ma­nen­cy with the New Jer­sey Depart­ment of Chil­dren and Fam­i­lies, pro­vides ser­vices to strength­en chil­dren, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties through­out the state.

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