This video, which is part of the 2020 Child Welfare Virtual Expo Learning Experience, examines the question of how to change a system designed to protect children from their families to one that supports families in keeping their children safe and healthy. The presentation examines the topic from several perspectives, including those of a family with lived experience and leaders who set the tone and direction for putting families at the center of child welfare work through strategies such as family finding, father engagement, and icebreaker conversations. The presentation also highlights the interconnection of Native families and methods to engage families in a trauma-informed manner.
Use this video with the Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020 Discussion Guide, which provides information and activities for each topic, including a description of the topic, reflection questions tailored to the topic, and team activities for child welfare staff and collaborative partners.
Denise Moore, Capacity Building Center for States
Kodi Baughman, Foster Care Alumni of America
Dennis Alford, Kansas Department for Children and Families
Eugene Schneeberg, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse
Robert Friend, National Institute for Permanent Family Connectedness, Seneca Family of Agencies
Marilyn Bruguier Zimmerman, National Native Children’s Trauma Center, University of Montana
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