CFR Leads the Nation in Improving Child Welfare Systems
Training is an integral part of CFR’s work and 2013 has been our most eventful year yet for helping others replicate our team model. Earlier this month, CFR Deputy Director Michele Cortese and Social Work Supervisor Chloe Junge traveled to North Carolina to train participants from eight Southern states on our Cornerstone Advocacy approach and best practices for parent representation through a federally-funded court improvement initiative.
Michele also visited New Mexico to provide follow up technical assistance for lawyers, social workers, and judges who participated in our Cornerstone Institute and are spearheading a multidisciplinary pilot program that mirrors CFR’s model.
Additionally, on Monday, Nov. 11th, CFR Executive Director Susan Jacobs and Board Member Martin Guggenheim gave opening remarks at an advocacy planning summit aimed at achieving systemic change in New York’s child welfare system. CFR helped to organize the event, which was held at NYU School of Law.
Participants learned strategies for organizing media and legislative campaigns, discussed the evolution of institutional parent representation, and brainstormed future projects. They also viewed A Life Changing Visitor: When Children’s Services Knocks, produced by NYU’s Family Defense Clinic, in which parents speak about their involvement with the child welfare system. The film features CFR Parent Advocate Sabra Jackson.