RI Child Welfare Institute policy-practice forum, May 11

The Rhode Island Child Welfare Institute (CWI) will present a policy-practice forum that will explore the complex challenges associated with promoting school success for students in foster care.

Tonya Glantz
The forum, “Connecting Public School and Child Welfare Systems to Students in Foster Care,” will be held on Wednesday, May 11, from 4-6 p.m. in the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College.

The forum evolved from the work of the Education Collaboration Project, a CWI initiative.

The presentation is the result of a collaboration of small groups of Department of Children, Youth & Families professionals, staff and teachers from Central Falls schools, and youth with foster-care history, who worked together as a part of a continuing-education graduate course taught by Tonya Glantz, interim director of the R.I. Child Welfare Institute.

“The course served as a vehicle for exploring how the three constituent groups were connected to and impacted by their role in promoting school success for students in foster care,” Glantz said.

Education Collaboration Project
“The process has been very powerful and is expected to serve as a resource for a Rhode Island legislative task force that will be charged with reviewing and responding to the need for reform in meeting the school success needs for students in foster care,” added Glantz.

This forum is appropriate for human service and education policymakers, program directors, direct service staff and individuals working with school-aged children and youth who are involved with the Rhode Island’s child welfare system.

Please RSVP by Friday, May 6, by faxing the registration form to (401) 456-4628. For more information, call Tonya Glantz at (401) 456-4626.