Webinar Shows How to Develop a Preventive Child Welfare Practice Model

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

Foster parents with children

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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