June 5, 2017

International Social Service to Present at The Field Center’s 2017 Conference

Baltimore, MD, (June 5, 2017) – Felicity Sackville Northcott, Ph.D. - Director of External Partnerships & International Services, and Elaine Weisman, LGSW, MPH - Program Manager, will be speaking at The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research’s 2017 Conference, One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare.

This presentation, which takes place on June 9th, is titled Separate but Unequal: Tools to Improve the Capacity of Domestic Child Welfare Systems to Protect Unaccompanied Minors After Federal Oversight Ends. This workshop will highlight the ways in which state-based child protection systems can handle undocumented children in their care once federal jurisdiction ends.

While the domestic, state-based child protection system and the federal system are designed to serve different populations, Northcott and Weisman will discuss the increasing burden that the domestic child welfare system faces in providing care for children who are living in the U.S. without immigration status. Their interactive session will provide an in-depth look at the two child protection systems and highlight the ways in which state-based systems can manage the ever-growing number of undocumented children in their care and prevent unnecessary disruptions when children are placed with parents or sponsors.

The Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research brings together experts in child welfare to dream big and impact the lives of abused and neglected children through its progressive, interdisciplinary approach. By integrating the fields of social work, law, medicine, nursing, psychology, and others, The Field Center offers help and hope to abused and neglected children through policy and practice improvement, education and training and advocacy and research.

International Social Service, USA Branch is the U.S. member of a global child protection and social service network. International Social Service connects vulnerable children, adults, and families, separated by international borders, to the services and support they need.

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