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Children's Advocacy Centers (CAC)
Creating Strong Multidisciplinary Responses to Child Abuse Cases in Pennsylvania

November 28, 2017, 12:00-1:30 am


1.5-hour webinar and panel discussion on the shared responsibility for a strong multidisciplinary response to Pennsylvania's child abuse cases. Presenters and panel members represent a variety of Children's Advocacy Center's from across the Commonwealth, from urban to rural.

Presenters:

  • Mikele Bay, David Sassa, Abbie Newman, Chris Kirchner, and Alison Gray


Older Youth Collaborative Webinar Series
Cross-System Collaboration and Transition Planning - Part II

January 8, 2018, 10:00-11:00 am
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Collaboration is often overlooked when discussing permanency and transition for Older Youth. Independent Living workers often work across systems to provide transition services, yet sometimes run into barriers building teams. It is key that Independent Living workers, Permanency workers, and Cross-Systems Partners understand each other’s role and how to work together to achieve the outcomes of youth having positive, supportive adults in their lives and transition successfully into adulthood.

Presenters:

  • Lori Chaffers MSW, Supervisor - Independent Living Unit, Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services


Older Youth Collaborative Webinar Series
Supporting the Mentoring Relationship

September 19, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am
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In part 1 of the Older Youth Collaborative Webinar Series on Mentoring youth in the system, experts went over the information necessary to start a mentoring program and how to recruit and screen mentors. In part 2, the same experts from Project Hope of Adams County and the Adolescent Initiative Program of Tabor Children's Services will explore how they prepare their mentors so that they are ready for this role of a lifetime! Other topics explored are matching, recruitment of male mentors, boundaries, and closing the mentor relationship.

Presenters:

  • Tessa Adams, Mentoring Specialist, Project Hope, Adams County Children and Youth Services
  • Rosaleen Holohan, Mentoring Specialist, Adolescent Initiative Program (AIP), Tabor Children's Services
  • Barbara Huggins, Youth Quality Improvement Specialist, The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center

 


Older Youth Collaborative Webinar Series
Cross-System Collaboration and Transition Planning

April 17, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am
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This session provides a model for improving collaboration between Permanency and Independent Living workers. Then, greater coordination of cross-system providers to further achieve permanency and successful transitions into adulthood is explored. The development and primary goal of the Lackawanna County Independent Living Collaborative will be discussed with methods to develop a greater cross-systems collaboration that leads to better outcomes for youth in transition.

Presenters:

  • Lori Chaffers MSW, Supervisor - Independent Living Unit, Lackawanna County Office of Youth and Family Services
  • Barbara Huggins, Youth Quality Improvement Specialist, The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center

 


Older Youth Collaborative Webinar Series
How to Develop and Sustain a Mentoring Program

February 28, 2017, 10:00-11:00 am
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Studies in resilience and trauma all say the same thing: Youth need special people in their lives who love them unconditionally and can walk alongside them through life. Developing a mentoring program is one way to support youth in this way. The theories and frameworks are well known, but what about actually putting dreams into practice? Tabor Mentoring Services in Bucks County and Project Hope in Adams County partner together to provide a general overview on how to develop and sustain a mentoring program. Each program will be sharing their practical knowledge, and on the ground experiences from pitching the idea to screening mentors.

Presenters:

  • Tessa Adams, Mentoring Specialist, Project Hope, Adams County Children and Youth Services
  • Leasia Ayers-Caswell, Program Supervisor, Adams County Children and Youth Services
  • Rosaleen Holohan, Mentoring Specialist, Adolescent Initiative Program (AIP), Tabor Children's Services
  • Dawn Miller, Director of Suburban County Programs, Tabor Children's Services



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