Domestic Violence In The Dependency System: A Webinar Series for Child Welfare Professionals

May 18, 2017


PART I

Child Abuse, Neglect, and Domestic Violence: Dispelling the Myths, Enhancing Practice

Date: May 3rd, 2017

Presenter: Jennifer Rose, Independent Consultant for NCJFCJ and Co-Director of Inspire Action for Social Change 

This webinar will explore our preconceptions and myths about child welfare- involved families who are experiencing domestic violence. The interactive 90- minute webinar will help participants to develop a shared understanding and definition of domestic violence and battering, unpack common myths and misconceptions, and explore the connections between our beliefs and our practice with individuals and families experiencing domestic violence. Lastly, we will examine strategies for enhancing our individual and agency-wide work with individuals and families experiencing domestic violence. (90 Minutes)

 
PART II
 
The Role of Social Workers in Dependency Cases with Domestic Violence Victims
 
Date: May 4th, 2017
 
Presenter: Isa Woldeguiorguis, Executive Director of The Center for Hope and Healing
 
This webinar will focus on the overlap of domestic violence and child welfare, including: a discussion of the role of child welfare in enhancing child and family safety, the value of screening for domestic violence in child welfare cases, risk and protective factors, and the importance of culturally competent practice. (90 Minutes)
 

PART III

Reasonable Efforts in Dependency Cases Involving Domestic Violence

Date: May 11th, 2017

Presenter: Hon. Katherine Lucero, Supervising Judge, Juvenile Justice Courthouse, Santa Clara County, CA

Federal and state law both require (with some exception) social services to provide reasonable efforts to families to: prevent removal of a child from the home; return the child to his or her parents, if removed; and achieve permanency for the child. This webinar will provide participants with a general understanding of the legal framework surrounding reasonable efforts in child dependency cases. Participants also will learn about steps child services can take during the life of a dependency case to provide reasonable efforts in cases involving domestic violence. (90 Minutes)
 

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