Webinar Shows How to Develop a Preventive Child Welfare Practice Model

Posted May 4, 2020, By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

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In a recorded webinar, a child welfare leader discusses how to keep elements of a preventive practice model in mind while dealing with the challenges and immediate needs of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 60-minute webinar, Developing a Preventive Practice Model to Put Family First, describes Putting Family First, a new paper from the Annie E. Casey Foundation that helps child welfare agencies develop a preventive practice model that aligns with the Family First Prevention Services Act. The model is designed to address the unique needs of families while ensuring high-quality, implementable programs and practices. The webinar features an interview with Jacqueline O. McKnight, deputy director of child and family services with the Mecklenburg County (North Carolina) Department of Social Services, about keeping a long-term vision for families in mind while addressing the challenges of the pandemic.

The webinar is part of the webinar series, Leading With Evidence: Informing Practice With Research, which focuses on how child welfare leaders, researchers and program developers can work together to advance the use of evidence in the child welfare field.

Suzanne Barnard, director of the Foundation’s Evidence-Based Practice Group, moderated the session. In addition to McKnight, Barnard was joined by Allison Metz,
director of the National Implementation Research Network at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

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