Through thought-provoking discussions, these webinars will present the historical evolution of Children’s Bureau programs and explore critical topics that shape the child welfare field today.
The Story of the Children’s Bureau, The Early Years: 1912–1937
The Story of the Children’s Bureau, America in Wartime: 1938–1960
The Story of the Children’s Bureau, Changing Times, Reshaping Priorities: 1961–1986
This historical webinar will offer an overview of the third 25 years of Children's Bureau history, through the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s to the early 1980s, with an emphasis on emerging themes and practices in child welfare.
The Story of the Children’s Bureau, 21st Century Child Welfare: 1987–2012
Racial Disproportionality and Poverty in Child Welfare
Evidence Based Practice and Practice Based Evidence, Is It One or the Other?
Unannounced Home Visits—Critical Assessment Tool or Barrier to Family Engagement?
Formal Education or School of Life? What Are the Best Credentials for the Child Welfare Workforce?
This webinar examines the different educational paths that lead workers to the child welfare field, and how varying educational levels and disciplines impact the relationships between child welfare workers and the communities in which they serve.
Who Should Our Clients Be? Differential Response and the Provision of Services to Voluntary Clients
This webinar will examine the role of differential response in child welfare, particularly as a prevention and family strengthening strategy. Two States will discuss their ongoing use of differential response strategies, including the ways in which differential response has resolved since initial planning and implementation.
Friending Your Clients on Facebook: How Social Media Influences Child Welfare Practice
This webinar will explore the role of social media in child welfare practice, including the importance of developing strong social media policies and procedures and the ethical issues related to the use of social media to gather information about and communicate with clients in child welfare practice.
Taking Risks with Risk—Balancing Child Safety with Family Engagement
This webinar examines the perceived conflict between children's rights and parents' rights when child welfare agencies become involved with families. It highlights parental response to worker attitudes and communication styles, including an examination of the judgments and biases that can impact a worker's ability to respectfully and meaningfully engage parents. The webinar describes New Hampshire's innovative training program designed to break down barriers between agency staff and the families they serve and will offer parent-driven recommendations for improving family engagement in the child welfare system.
Taking the 'Special' Out of Special Needs Adoption: Developing a Concept for the Future
The webinar will examine the history of the term "special needs" in foster care and adoption and its current use. Speakers will offer thoughts on a future framework for discussions about children who currently fall into the "special needs" designation in a child welfare context.
Explore an engaging “then” and “now” look at the Children’s Bureau’s history of collaboration, research, assistance to States and Tribes, public awareness campaigns, and more.