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Upcoming Webinar: Improving Education Outcomes for Youth in Care: Implementing the Uninterrupted Scholars Act in the States
PLEASE REGISTER FOR OUR UPCOMING WEBINAR!
Improving Education Outcomes for Youth in Care:
Implementing the Uninterrupted Scholars Act in the States
August 7, 1-2:00pm EDT
SPARC and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, together with the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (a collaboration of the American Bar Association, Juvenile Law Center, and Education Law Center-PA) invite you to participate in our upcoming webinar, Improving Education Outcomes for Youth in Care: Implementing the Uninterrupted Scholars Act in the States. The webinar will feature reports from two states – Florida and Pennsylvania – on their implementation efforts to date, and will introduce the field to a model tool to support implementation efforts.
Mary Cagle, Florida Department of Children and Families
Gria Davison, Florida Department of Education
Mari Presley, Florida Department of Education
Cindi E. Horshaw, Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare
David Volkman, Pennsylvania Department of Education
Jessica Feierman, Supervising Attorney, Juvenile Law Center
This is the second in a series of three webinars about the new child welfare exceptions to the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). To review the first webinar, please click here: http://bit.ly/1bvrcOh.
For more information on this topic area, see http://www.fostercareandeducation.org/AreasofFocus/DataInformationSharing.aspx
Over the last decade, there has been an increasing awareness about the poor developmental outcomes for children and youth in the child welfare system. The recognition of the need to improve well-being as a central focus of child welfare’s work has grown from an understanding of the importance of early childhood and adolescence in shaping outcomes, and the impact of toxic stress on the development of children and youth.
This brief summarizes the research, policy and practice trends driving this increased focus on well-being, highlights promising federal, state, and local efforts from across the county, and outlines initial steps for policymakers and advocates to implement a policy and practice agenda in their community.
The brief can be accessed here.
We’re pleased to share with you the latest in a series of upcoming policy briefs, Therapeutic Foster Care: Exceptional Care for Complex, Trauma-Impacted Youth in Foster Care. Authored by Laura Boyd, Ph.D, Public Policy and Government Relations Consultant for the Foster Family-based Treatment Association, it highlights the promising practice of therapeutic, or treatment foster care (TFC) and its success in delivering services to foster youth with severe mental, emotional, or behavioral health needs or for medically fragile or developmentally delayed youth whose physical and emotional health needs require more intensive clinical and medical intervention than can be accommodated in traditional foster care.
SPARC and the Boston University School of Social Work invite you to join us for our upcoming webinar, The 50 State CHARTBOOK on Foster Care: A Web-Based Data Resource for Child Welfare Professionals, on Tuesday, July 16th at 3:00pm EST.
The CHARTBOOK, with funding from The MENTOR Network Charitable Foundation, is an online resource on current foster care policies, practices and financing in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, with a particular emphasis on therapeutic or treatment foster care. The CHARTBOOK is a “tool” offering key stakeholders the ability to: (1) benchmark individual states on various key populations, programs and outcome indicators, and (2) learn about innovative programs being implemented by different states.
Using the online CHARTBOOK, you can access data for your own state and easily do a side-by-side comparison with other states’ data. Each State Profile has been organized into eight sections: State Child Agency Background Characteristics; Demographics of Children in Out-of-Home Placements, State’s Enhanced Models of Service Delivery in Foster Care; Child Welfare Revenues and Expenditures; Foster Care Permanency Outcomes; Children in Foster Care Well-being Outcomes; and State Key Initiatives and Innovative Programs in Foster Care. Click here to access the CHARTBOOK.
The upcoming webinar will walk through the many features of the CHARTBOOK, as well as include feedback from national and state advocates on how it can be utilized for advocacy work.
Speakers will include:
- Judith Gonyea, Chair of Social Research, Boston University School of Social Work
- Mary Bissell, Partner, ChildFocus
- Laura Boyd, Public Policy & Government Relations Consultant, Foster Family-Based Treatment Association
To register for the webinar, click here.
Webinar Recording – The Uninterrupted Scholars Act: How Recent Changes to FERPA Can Improve Educational Outcomes for Children in Care
SPARC and the Annie E. Casey Foundation, together with the Legal Center for Foster Care and Education (a collaboration of the American Bar Association, Juvenile Law Center, and Education Law Center-PA) held The Uninterrupted Scholars Act: How Do Recent Changes to FERPA Help Child Welfare Agencies Get Access to School Records? webinar on Tuesday, June 18th. If you weren’t able to join us for the webinar, or would like to review the presentation, view the slides and follow along with the audio player below.
Speakers included Kristin Kelly, Staff Attorney, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law; and Maura McInerney, Staff Attorney, Education Law Center-PA.
The Legal Center for Foster Care & Education Q&A document referenced in the presentation can be downloaded here.