Child Welfare Forum brings national experts to work with Nebraska stakeholders

Where: The Cornhusker Hotel (Lancaster 123 Room), 333 S. 13th St., Lincoln
Thursday, September 14, 1:00-4:00 p.m.

National child welfare experts will join more than 100 local stakeholders on Thursday for a Child Welfare Forum at The Cornhusker Hotel from 1:00-4:00 p.m. in an event designed to provide information and generate discussion around evidence-based best practices for the state’s revamped child welfare system.

The forum, which is hosted by Nebraska Appleseed and sponsored by the State Policy Advocacy and Reform Center (SPARC), will feature a panel of experts and interactive breakout sessions where participants will discuss the best ways for Nebraska to assess needs and decide on, fund, and implement solutions to help children in foster care.

“Nebraska’s child welfare system is at an important juncture as the state works to chart a positive path forward for reform,” said Sarah Helvey, Director of Nebraska Appleseed’s Child Welfare System Accountability Program.  “Research on evidence-based practices for prevention and early intervention is essential to building a system that meets the needs of families and improves the well-being of children.”

The forum will feature a team national of experts including:

  • Abel Ortiz, Director of Evidence Based Practice Group at The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Justin Milner, Senior Associate of the Evidence Based Practice Group at The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Margaret Flynn-Khan, Mainspring Consulting
  • Barbara Langford, Mainspring Consulting
  • David Murphey, Senior Research Scientist at Child Trends

Media members seeking comment from one of the national child welfare experts, please contact Jessica Ripper at (202) 425-4510.

SPARC is designed to help child welfare advocates promote reforms that result in positive outcomes for children and families involved with the child welfare system.  SPARC is coordinated by First Focus and supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

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