The Family Impact Institute is proud to announce that Wisconsin, North Carolina, Massachusetts, and Louisiana successfully conducted Family Impact Seminars on Family-Focused Foster Care Policy in 2015. Virginia and Rhode Island will conduct their seminars on Family-Focused Foster Care in the spring of 2016. Funding was provided by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The Massachusetts Family Impact Seminars held their 6th seminar March 25, 2015 on Mission Control: Reforming Foster Care and Child Protective Services. Featured speakers were Dr. Emily Douglas, Bridgewater State University; Dr. Melinda Guskwa, Rhode Island College; and Dr. Martha Henry, MJ Henry & Associates, Inc.
The Wisconsin Family Impact Seminars held their 33rd seminar February 4, 2015 on Helping Foster Kids Succeed: State Strategies for Saving Lives, Saving Money. Featured speakers were Dr. Hilary Shager, University of Wisconsin-Madison; Dr. Mark Courtney, University of Chicago; Dr. Patricia Chamberlain, Oregon Social Learning Center; and Dr. Mary Dozier, University of Delaware.
The North Carolina Family Impact Seminars held their 9th seminar May 6, 2015 on Helping Kids in Foster Care Succeed: Strategies for North Carolina to Strengthen Families and Save Money. Senator Tamara Barringer opened the seminar by highlighting the importance of improving the well-being of youth in foster care. Seminar keynote speaker Dr. Mark Testa of the UNC School of Social Work.
The Rhode Island Family Impact Seminars held their 5th seminar May 3, 2016 on Aging Out of Foster Care: Fostering Futures Into Adulthood. Featured speakers were Dr. Sunny Shin, Associate Professor, School of Social Work, Departments of Psychiatry, School of Medicine, Virginia Commonwealth University; Andrew Block, Executive Director, Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice; and Barbara Favola, Virginia State Senator.
The Rhode Island Family Impact Seminars held their 2nd seminar May 12, 2016 on Children's Services and Foster Care: Policy and Practices That Work. Featured speakers was Dr. Mark Testa, School of Social Work, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.