Two webinars are offered



Two webinars are offered
The Research and Training Network (RTN)
is pleased to present
A Child Welfare Evidence-Informed Webinar Series*
Removing the Cloak of Secrecy: Understanding the Clinical Needs of Adoption and
Guardianship Families
Presenters: Ruth McRoy, Ph.D., Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professor, Boston College Graduate
School of Social Work; Carol Bishop, Statewide Adoption Policy Director, Seneca Family of
Agencies/Kinship Center; Karen Gunderson, California Department of Social Services (CDSS) and Debbie
Schugg, Consultant, National Center on Adoption and Permanency, and Parent Recruiter, Kinship Center
Date & Time: Monday, June 15, 2015 | 10:00–11:30 am
Description: Children entering families through adoption and guardianship bring with them a history of
grief, loss and often trauma. This is especially true of children formerly in foster care. Recently, increasing
attention is being paid to the special needs of these families, and in particular, how mental health and
other support services tailored to adoptive families can effectively help children heal and achieve success
at home, at school and in the community.
This webinar will focus on the history and research that have led to a more enlightened understanding of
the clinical needs of adoption and guardianship families—why this is such a complex issue and what is
being done to improve clinical and other support services. In addition, it will discuss training and practice
models that are being developed or currently used to address the need for adoption-competent clinical
services. Finally, the webinar will include a personal testimonial from one adoptive family who struggled
to get access to appropriate services, as well as an overview of the AB 1790, legislation that is propelling
this issue forward in California.
Continuous Quality Improvement: Definitions, Key Components, and Emerging
Developments in the Child Welfare Landscape
Presenters: Daniel Webster, Ph.D., Principal Investigator California Child Welfare Indicators Project, Center
for Social Services Research, UC Berkeley
Date & Time: Wednesday, June 17, 2015 | 10:00–11:30 am
Description: This presentation will introduce participants to basic elements of Continuous Quality
Improvement (CQI). The topics for the webinar include organizational structure that supports CQI, the
cyclical process of identifying programmatic or policy strengths and weaknesses, planning, testing, and
applying evidence to evaluate solutions that promote system improvements.
* NOTE: Free CEUs are offered.
CONTACT: Sevaughn Banks, [email protected], 510-643-0226
Partial funding provided by the California Department of social Services

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