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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 2021 SWAN/IL Spring Quarterly Meeting. The meeting will be held April 12-16, virtually. SWAN affiliates are required to attend quarterly meetings. The attendance requirement includes participating in the introduction and general session on the morning of April 12, 2021, and at least one training session. Given the transition to a virtual format, one training session will be offered each morning from April 13-16, 2021, 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 Meet PA KinConnector, will introduce the services and staff of Pennsylvania's newest kinship navigator program. Attendees at the PA KinConnector session will learn about this exciting statewide program created to help informal and formal kinship families. This session will review the five services that PA KinConnector offers, which are designed to address the needs of kinship families and help other family care professionals assist kinship families. The session will also provide information about how public and private organizations can work with and leverage the services of PA KinConnector.
Please review the session descriptions in the invitation. 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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