Each year, the Children’s Bureau (CB) Region VII Team holds a retreat to visit a child welfare agency or entity in order to learn more about the research, programs, or services offered by the host site and to plan for the Region VII Team’s year ahead. This year the Team selected the Center for Children & Families (CCF) as the host organization. Debi Hatfield, a child and family program specialist with the CB who operates as a field liaison with KU, organized the visit with the CCF at the University of Kansas in February. The Region VII Team is led by Regional Program Manager, Deborah Smith, MSW.
Dr. Amy Mendenhall, Director of the CCF, said, “We were excited to be asked to host the Region VII Team’s retreat. It was a unique opportunity to present the child welfare work being done in the Center to the Team. CCF researchers are currently doing amazing work that can have significant impact on the well-being of children and adolescents involved in the child welfare system.”
On the afternoon of February 20, members of the CCF were able to introduce six projects to the Region VII Team. They included:
- ROM: Results Oriented Managed, presented by Terry Moore, MSW, Director of Results Oriented Management Project
- Kansas Intensive Permanency Project (KIPP) and Kansas Adoption Permanency Project (KAPP), presented by Becci Akin, PhD, MSW, Assistant Professor
- Kansas Services Substance Affected Families (KSSAF) – Regional Partnership Grant 3, presented by Susan Mariscal, PhD, MSW, Senior Research Assistant
- Toxic Stress in Early Childhood, presented by Kaela Byers, PhD Candidate, LMSW, Research Project Coordinator
- Racial/ethnic Disparities in Developmental Risk, Referral, and Service Receipt Among Young Children in the U.S. Welfare System, presented by Michelle Johnson-Motoyama, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor