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Learning through the Crisis: Adaptation in Child Welfare through Technology
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June Webinar

Learning through the Crisis: Adaptation in Child Welfare through Technology
Featuring Binti

In the current climate of uncertainty and with various social distancing measures in place, it's more important than ever for agencies to manage communications and to have different creative ways to allow families and agencies to manage and complete work remotely and virtually if possible. This webinar will explore new features that Binti has developed to support the COVID-19 crisis as well as learnings from child welfare agency partners on actions they are taking to adjust practice to support the work during this time. Participants will have an opportunity to engage in a discussion around metrics and data that could be helpful in foster parent recruitment and licensing and child placement (both during and after COVID-19), and how virtual tools can support these processes.

Target Audience: Child Welfare Professionals

FFTA members will receive an invitation to register for this webinar. 

Learning Objectives:
1. Participants will be able to identify how technology can help improve the child/youth, resource family and social worker experience by improving the recruitment and application processes for potential foster families and agencies;
2. Participants will learn about actions taken by child welfare agencies to adjust practice in order to support and continue the work during this time, including online orientations and trainings
3. Participants will have the opportunity to brainstorm and contribute to a discussion on additional metrics and data to support the foster parent recruitment and licensing and child placement processes, both within the context of COVID-19 and beyond.

Barrett Johnson, MSW, LCSW, is Director of Business Development at Binti. Barrett has spent his career in child welfare as a practitioner and agent for change and innovation. He started as a child welfare worker in San Francisco, serving children and families for five years. From there he spent about 15 years at California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) at UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare as the Director of a project to develop and coordinate the statewide child welfare training system in California. Returning to the City and County of San Francisco in 2014, Barrett served as Program Director with a wide portfolio that included leadership for new program development/implementation, data/continuous quality improvement, policy, workforce development, contract oversight, budget coordination, foster care eligibility and support services. Barrett’s practice interests include: infusion of innovation and evidence-informed thinking into organizational culture; implementation science and program evaluation; addressing disparities and disproportionate representation in child welfare; technology integration in the human services; and workforce and organizational development.

Jeff Wiemann currently serves as the Executive Director for Angels Foster Family Network, a Foster Family Agency (FFA), that focuses on caring for children who are age five and younger who have been placed in foster care. He serves as a board member of the San Diego County Child and Family Strengthening Advisory Board and prior to this was a member of the San Diego County Child Abuse Prevention Coordinating Council. Before Angels his professional experience includes a variety of senior level positions (CEO, COO & CFO) and roles representing a diverse industry experience that includes: K-12 Education, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, State and Local Government, Corporate Security, Emergency Preparedness and Response, Software Development and Network Technology Services. Jeff is a graduate of the University of San Diego and the United States Naval Academy and served on active duty as Naval Officer. Jeff and his wife are former foster parents and live in San Diego with their four children.

Matt Anderson is a social worker who believes in the power of listening and storytelling to promote family as the foundation for healthy children and strong communities. He joined Children’s Home Society of North Carolina in 2011 and currently serves as the Vice President of Programs and Business Development. Matt’s responsibilities include leading the Foster Care to Permanency program, governmental affairs, and helping to advance the strategic vision of the organization. Matt is always focused on improving services to children and families and advancing the impact of Children’s Home Society. Prior to joining Children’s Home Society, Matt was the co-owner of Porch Productions and produced the feature documentary From Place to Place, which is about America’s foster care system told through the experiences of three young adults who aged out of the system. From Place to Place won the National Association of Social Workers 2012 Media Award and has screened in all 50 states and Canada.

Family Focused Treatment Association, #1659, is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. FFTA maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 4/10/2019 - 4/10/2022. Social workers completing this course receive 1.25 general continuing education credits. Every attendee who attends the entire webinar will receive a certificate of attendance. In order to receive a certificate for ACE credit hours - you must attend the entire webinar and also complete an evaluation once the webinar is finished. You will be able to access your certificate online as soon as you complete the evaluation. Please check the map on the ASWB website for information on whether your state accepts ACE credit.


Barrett Johnson, MSW, LCSW

Jeff Wiemann, Executive Director, Angels Foster Family Network

Matt Anderson, VP of Programs and Business Development, Children’s Home Society of North Carolina

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