About this Event
Nothing About Us Without Us: Applying a Family-Driven Approach to Achieving Child and Family Well-Being
Kassi McDowell, Parent Advocate, Kansas Family Advisory Network, Co-Chair of the Kansas Family Council
Amy Myers, LSCSW, LCAC, Therapist, Central Kansas Mental Health Center, Co-Chair of the Kansas Family Council
Meghan Cizek, MA, Assistant Director, Center for Public Partnership and Research
Kaela Byers, PhD, MSW, Associate Research Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Research to Transform Systems for Family, Community, & Social Justice
Friday, March 10, 2023
Within child welfare, growing attention is given to promoting preventative services to keep children with their families of origin. Yet, despite this recognition of the need for prevention, family-serving agencies have historically worked in silos, with limited communication between them, resulting in a need for a more holistic approach to supporting child and family well-being. As part of this shift toward prevention, Kansas is applying a multipronged approach, supporting a variety of initiatives, including the federally funded Kansas Strong for Child and Families
(Kansas Strong) and Family First.
This presentation will provide an overview of the community and family-engaged advisory structure being implemented to achieve authentic family and community engagement to improve child welfare and prevention services for children and families in the state of Kansas.
Objectives: At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:
• Identify how embedding authentic family and community engagement into continuous quality improvement
processes can bolster systems and dismantle systems of oppression.
• Reflect on the elements of family and community engagement that best support cross-system learning.
Visit https://socwel.ku.edu/research-impact-talk-march-2023 for bios of panel members.
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