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The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), the prime contractor for the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), and the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center’s Independent Living Project (IL) are pleased to announce the agenda for the 2020 SWAN/IL Fall Quarterly Meeting. The meeting will be held October 19-23, virtually. SWAN affiliates are required to attend quarterly meetings. The attendance requirement includes participating in the introduction and general session on the morning of October 19, 2020 and at least one training session. Given the transition to a virtual format, one training session will be offered each morning from October 20-23, 2020, allowing participants the opportunity to attend multiple training sessions if they choose. We also invite and encourage each county children and youth agency to attend, including caseworkers, supervisors and administrators.
The morning general session, titled Ensuring the Youth Voice in Recruitment, will explore how our work can and should provide youth with a voice as they move toward permanency, and how to ensure youth empowerment as we work with older youth. The Pennsylvania Youth Advisory Board’s mantra is “Nothing About Us Without Us.” To expand on this, The Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center’s Youth Ambassador, Haundray Muir, will share his views on critical aspects of empowerment. Additional discussion will explore the characteristics of a youth-centered foster family, opportunities through the SWAN Child-Specific Recruitment and Child Preparation Units of Service to allow for youth empowerment as well as an evaluation of our practice to maximize the youth voice.
Please review the session descriptions in the registration. Approval of continuing education credit provided through co-sponsorship with the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a Pennsylvania preapproved provider of social work continuing education, is pending. The SWAN prime contractor will also issue certificates of training that can be credited toward the 20 hours of annual training required for all county children and youth caseworkers.
We look forward to seeing you as we continue to network for permanency on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children.
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