Workshop Sessions III, Session A3: The Most Important Course: Permanency Practice Collaboration Strategies for Child Welfare and Residential Programs

Thursday, October 5, 2017 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Mark Nickell, M.Div., Executive Director of San Francisco and Santa Clara, Seneca Family of Agencies (CA)
Michael J. Rauso, PsyD, MFT, Division Chief/Regional Administrator, Los Angeles County, Department of Children and Family Services (CA);
James E. Lister, MBA, Executive Director, Plummer Youth Promise (MA);
Setou Ouattara, LICSW, Clinical Manager, Plummer Group Home (MA); and
Carol Gonzalez, Area Resource Coordinator, Department of Children and Families, Lynn Area Office (MA)
Family Representative:
Ambyr Rose, Parent Partner Los Angeles County, Department of Children and Family Services (CA)
Youth Representative:
Laura Tate, Alumni of CA RBS; Founding Member of Seneca Family of Services Youth Advisory Board (CA) 

Many youths have been kept too long in residential programs because of not having a permanency plan. Child welfare staff has often been overwhelmed with high caseloads, and residential staff has understood that they do not have authority in this area. Creative and committed child welfare and residential leaders have addressed this issue and developed effective collaborative strategies that ensure that children are able to realize permanency and normalcy in the community. They are successfully reuniting youth with family members; when this is not safe or possible, they are finding family for them. Attendees will leave this session with an understanding about a range of strategies child welfare and residential leaders have taken to achieve successful collaborations in different locales: Los Angeles County and the Bay Areas in California, and Massachusetts. The perspective of a family member and youth about what works and what does not work with child welfare and residential collaboration will provide insights to guide the work of attendees when they take these strategies back to their home communities.

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