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Fall 2007 Teleconference Series on Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Reform

CWLA, The Family Violence Prevention Fund, and the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges present the Fall 2007 teleconference series: Domestic Violence and Child Welfare Reform. The series is funded by grants from the Office on Violence Against Women and the Department of Health and Human Services. The three-part series discusses the overlap of domestic violence and child maltreatment cases within child welfare, shares lessons learned from the national Greenbook Initiative, disseminates emerging research on the issues of domestic violence and childhood exposure to violence, and informs the field about innovative policy and practice.

Session One
The Heart, Mind and Soul of the Greenbook Initiative
October 2, 2007
Presenters: Sharwline Nicholson, Jeffrey L. Edleson, and Ruth Houtte
Family violence erupts in a home. A mother is battered. Her children witness the abuse. One child is struck and bruised. A neighbor calls the police, who arrest the batterer. The family enters the court system. What happens next? Too often, the answer is a disjointed and ineffective set of interventions from several different courts and social service agencies that treat adult domestic violence and child maltreatment as separate, unrelated phenomena. To address these scenarios and issues, the United States Departments of Health and Human Services and the Department of Justice collaborated to fund six demonstration sites across the country to encourage more collaboration among agencies and to implement more effective interventions for families. This presentation focuses on the real lives of survivors and their children who are involved in the child protection system, data and strategic thinking that was behind the creation of the initiative, and the overall operation of the demonstration sites. Participants will benefit from the knowledge and experience from nationally respected experts as they share the challenges, successes and lessons learned in undertaking such reform efforts.

Session Two
Leadership Development and Effective Strategies to Create System Change through Collaboration
November 6, 2007
Presenters: Isa Woldeguiorguis, the Hon. Katherine Lucero, and Alisa Del-Tufo
This session focuses on engaging child welfare agencies to take leadership in building collaborative partnerships across systems and to enhance reform efforts around the issue of domestic violence. Presenters share both the successes and challenges faced in undertaking such collaboratives and discuss promising strategies to overcome obstacles. Topics discussed include promising leadership strategies, relationship building, addressing racial disproportionality, and organizing communities. Participants hear first hand the perspectives and experiences of child welfare, domestic violence agencies, and the court system on the philosophical and logistical implications of collaboration and coordination to improve services for families experiencing domestic violence and child maltreatment.

Session Three
Innovative Policy and Practice to Enhance Service Delivery
December 11, 2007
Presenters: Liz Roberts, Lonna Davis, and Juan Carlos Arean

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