The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare presents its
14th annual free child welfare conference:
Intersection of Child Welfare and Disability
May 7, 2013 9:00am - 4:00pm
McNamara Alumni Center
University of Minnesota
Registration will be available through Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Individuals may view the program either in person, by individual web stream from their own computer, or at a remote off-site location at a group web stream setting. Off-site participants are encouraged to email questions throughout the program.
Please note we will not be offering the program via ITV/VPC.
You may register by clicking on the above green "Register" button.
Additional Details about the Conference:
We are pleased to feature two morning keynote presentations:
1. Children with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System
Our first keynote presenter is Dr. Dick Sobsey, a professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Alberta. He is the Director of the John Dossetor Health Ethics Centre and of the JP Das Developmental Disabilities Centre. He has worked and published extensively on working with children and adults with developmental disabilities. He has a strong research interest in strengthening and supporting healthy families of children with disabilities. He strongly believes that supporting and strengthening healthy families and communities is the best long-term intervention for preventing violence. His work on family transformation has made a significant contribution to understanding positive growth in families of children with disabilities.
2. Parents with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System
Our second keynote presentation will feature Dr. Traci LaLiberte, Director of the Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Elizabeth Lightfoot, Associate Professor and PhD Program Director at the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.
Dr. LaLiberte worked in public child welfare for over 12 years with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. For the past ten years Traci has been a passionate educator, researcher and advocate in the area of children and parents with disabilities within the child welfare system.
Dr. Lightfoot's main research interests are in the area of disability policy and services, and the intersections of disability with child welfare, aging, violence prevention and health. She currently has several research projects underway exploring parental supports for parents with disabilities.
Following the keynote presenters, staff from the National Resource Center on Youth Development will discuss the development and use of their resource on psychotropic medication for youth in foster care.
In the afternoon, we will host two panel presentations featuring practitioners discussing local reactions and application of the information provided in the morning keynote presentations.
The event will be broadcast from the McNamara Alumni Center, at the University of Minnesota.
6 CEU's will be available for participants.
We look forward in your participation with this spring's event!
This forum has been developed under the auspices of: Federal Title IV-E Funding, Minnesota Department of Human Services (Contract #GRK%29646), The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare at the School of Social Work in the College of Education and Human Development.
When & Where
Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare
The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare (CASCW) was established in 1992 with federal Title IV-E funding and a grant from the Bush Foundation. The Center brings the University of Minnesota together with county and state social services in a partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and families.