Webinar: Implementing Evidence and Research in Public Systems

Posted February 28, 2018
By the Annie E. Casey Foundation
Leading with evidence and informing practice with research

On March 23, the Annie E. Casey Foun­da­tion and the William T. Grant Foun­da­tion are launch­ing a four-part webi­nar series, Lead­ing With Evi­dence: Inform­ing Prac­tice With Research.

The open­ing ses­sion, Bring­ing Evi­dence-Based Pro­gram Adap­ta­tions into Pub­lic Child Wel­fare Sys­tems, aims to help child wel­fare lead­ers imple­ment adap­ta­tions of research-informed pro­grams. Dur­ing the hour-long ses­sion, pan­elists will dis­cuss lessons learned from adapt­ing an evi­dence-based fam­i­ly ther­a­py inter­ven­tion called Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Therapy.

The adapt­ed pro­gram, Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py-Fos­ter Care, focus­es on youth in fos­ter care and their fam­i­lies who are work­ing through spe­cif­ic clin­i­cal issues, such as trau­ma and aban­don­ment. The pro­gram seeks to inte­grate evi­dence on risk fac­tors as well as pro­tec­tive fac­tors that can keep young peo­ple in care from liv­ing suc­cess­ful­ly in families.

The webi­nar ses­sion will include insights from Tom Sex­ton, direc­tor of Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py Asso­ciates, and Vicky Kel­ly, for­mer direc­tor of the Delaware Divi­sion of Fam­i­ly Ser­vices, who worked togeth­er to devel­op and test Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py-Fos­ter Care.

This series stems from Lead­ing With Evi­dence con­fer­ences, where child wel­fare lead­ers, researchers and pro­gram devel­op­ers come togeth­er to study and advance the use of evi­dence in the child wel­fare field. The Casey and Grant foun­da­tions have host­ed these con­fer­ences in Bal­ti­more for the last two years.


What: Bring­ing Evi­dence-Based Pro­gram Adap­ta­tions into Pub­lic Child Wel­fare Systems

When: Fri­day, March 23, 2018, at 2 p.m. ET


  • Suzanne Barnard (mod­er­a­tor)
    Direc­tor of the Evi­dence-Based Prac­tice Group with the Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Tom Sex­ton
    Direc­tor of Func­tion­al Fam­i­ly Ther­a­py Associates
  • Vicky Kel­ly
    For­mer direc­tor of the Delaware Divi­sion of Fam­i­ly 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

Event pass­word: Evidence

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