Chasing Zero: Building Complexity, Managing Discomfort, and Rethinking Safety in Conceptually Eliminating Child Welfare Group Care Placements

Session November 30, 2022

This presentation reports on the findings of an empirical research project exploring one Ontario-based child protection agency’s commitment to zero group care placements. Implications for family and community network development and new ways of constructing safety in the context of child protection are contemplated.

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Dr. Kiaras Gharabaghi, Ph.D.

Dean, Faculty of Community Services and Professor, Child & Youth Care , Toronto Metropolitan University


Dawn Flegel, MSW, RSW

Executive Director , Sarnia-Lambton; Children’s Aid Society