School of Social Welfare Hosts First National Symposium
On Building Communities for 21st Century Child Welfare
N.Y. (September 17, 2003) -- The University at Albany’s School
of Social Welfare will host, “Building Communities for 21st
Century Child Welfare,” the first national symposium of its
kind that will bring together families, community leaders,
decision makers and practitioners from agencies traditionally
entrusted with securing safe and nurturing environments for
children, youth and their families. The symposium, sponsored
by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA), will be held
at the University’s Campus Center on the uptown campus from
Sept. 22 to 24.
School of Social Welfare Dean Katharine Briar-Lawson said,
“Building communities that truly champion healthy child and
family development necessitates common purpose and goals.
The University at Albany is honored to host this symposium,
which will provide a unique opportunity for us to address
the significant issues of child welfare and community building.
The exchange of information at this exciting event will bring
us one step closer to that common purpose -- attaining optimal
outcomes for vulnerable children, youth and their families."
from a range of disciplines will present information on current
policy trends and contemporary research as well as information
on successful community and neighborhood collaborations from
across the country and internationally. Workshops include:
Defining and Meeting Families’ Needs Through Community Collaboration;
Creating Safe and Empowering Communities; Fostering Permanency
in the Community; Creating Successful Public/Private Partnerships;
Community Building and Child Welfare: The Albany Story and
Three County Approaches to Community Partnerships (Schenectady,
Dutchess and Orange counties).
symposium will conclude with a plenary luncheon session on
the Role of Place Based Philanthropy and Services, led by
representatives of local and national foundations.
symposium is co-sponsored by UAlbany’s School of Social Welfare
and the Boston Children’s Institute of the Home for Little
Wanderers. For more information and to register for the conference,
School of Social Welfare is highly regarded for its research
excellence, outreach and community-building initiatives and
is ranked in the nation's top 20 social work graduate institutions
and in the top two for faculty research.