Westat Presents at “A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare” 2020 Conference

Changing child welfare through giving families a full voice and a more involved role in agency policy, practice, and program evaluation is the emphasis of 2 Westat sessions at the Kempe Center International Virtual Conference. The conference, held October 5-8, 2020, will create an international community of practice across 4 continents to re-envision and rethink child welfare through mobilizing child, family, and community partnerships and leadership.

Westat will co-lead 2 discussion sessions on October 6:

Partnering with Families & Communities to Improve Safety Assessments & Family Support:  10:45 am; Jaymie Lorthridge, Janet Ciarico, Karla Eisen, and Kristen Woodruff (Westat); Shrounda Selivanoff (Children's Home Society of Washington)

The session will engage participants in a discussion about how the experiences and lives of families improve when they have a more involved role in the local child welfare agency’s practices and policies, specifically in defining and understanding family safety.

Early and Enough? Partnering with Consumers in Evaluation Processes: 4:45 pm; George Gabel (Westat); Timothy Phipps (Morrison Child and Family Services); Tanya Long (The Alliance Birth Parent National Network)

The session will engage participants in a discussion about how jurisdictions and agencies are partnering with consumers to develop better evaluations, with particular focus on early engagement prior to funding.

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