Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
May 18, 2009
The 13th annual Title IV-E Child Welfare Roundtable will be held May 28-29 at the T Bar M Ranch in New Braunfels.
More than 100 participants from every state in Federal Region VI (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas) are expected to attend the two-day conference to foster Title IV-E funded Agency/Texas State University-San Marcos collaborations. Such collaborations prepare social work students for public child welfare practice in the federal region. Participants will explore topics including national, regional, and state perspectives on child welfare, collaborative training models and regional Title IV-E program evaluation results.
Eileen Mayers Pastzor, professor of social work with California State University-Long Beach, will be the keynote speaker. Pastzor served as the national program director for foster care, kinship care and adoption for the Child Welfare League of America.
Aric Bostick, a Texas State graduate and one of America’s top youth success and leadership speakers, will conduct a motivational session. Jane Burstain, a senior policy analyst for the Center for Public Policy Priorities will present data from her extensive research on Child Protective Service employee turnover. Monit Cheung, professor of social work at the University of Houston, principal investigator of the Child Welfare Education Project and associate director of the Child and Family Center for Innovative Research, will conduct a stress reduction session for the roundtable participants. June Lloyd and members of her staff from the Administration for Children and Youth, Federal Region VI, will lead the federal-state-university dialogue.
The purpose of the Roundtable is to foster Title IV-E funded agency/university collaborations that prepare social work students for professional public child welfare practice. These collaborations provide stipends for university students, funds for curriculum innovation, and salaries for staff and faculty. The Texas State/Texas Department of Family and Protective Services collaboration has educated approximately 300 qualified and dedicated public child welfare practitioners over the last 12 years.
Expanded biographies of the program participants may be found here.