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NRCPFC Teleconference/Webinar
Focusing on Well-Being: Developing a Protective Factors Framework
for Youth in Care

Wednesday, February 29, 2012, 3:00-4:30 PM EST

In this NRCPFC teleconference, presenters provided an overview of research on youth development, resiliency, neuroscience, and the impact of trauma on brain development, and discussed how child welfare agencies and their partners can use this information to define and improve the overall well-being needs of youth in foster care. The presenters also put forward a newly expanded, research-based Protective and Promotive Factors Framework for adolescents that can serve as a guide for helping address the development needs of youth and improve their prospects for success. The event closed with a question and answer period.

Listening Time: 74 minutes

Presenters

Charlyn Harper Browne, PhD, is a Senior Associate and Project Director of the Quality Improvement Center on Early Childhood (QIC-EC) at the Center for the Study of Social Policy in Washington, DC. In this capacity she is responsible for the management and implementation of the QIC-EC and for contributing to the research base of the “Strengthening Families Initiative” and the “Youth Thrive” framework. Prior to these roles, Browne served as a college administrator and professor for 32 years teaching in undergraduate psychology departments and graduate counseling departments. Her educational background includes extensive post-graduate studies in clinical child and family psychology after earning a doctoral degree in early childhood education. She was honored by ZERO TO THREE: National Center for Infants, Toddlers, and Families as a 2007-2009 Leaders for the 21s t Century Fellow and by the Educational Testing Service as a Visiting Minority Scholar.

Susan Notkin, MSSW, manages the Center for the Study of Social Policy's child welfare system reform agenda and is shaping a new protective and promotive factors framework for youth. Prior to joining CSSP, she served as director for the children's program at the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. During her 17 years with the foundation, Notkin created and implemented Community Partnerships for Protecting Children, a 10-year, $50 million grant-making program that pioneered public/private efforts to prevent child maltreatment. Previously, she also held leadership positions at the Wisconsin Department of Health and Social Services, Office of Children, Youth and Families. Notkin has an MSSW from the University of Wisconsin.

Resources
  • May is National Foster Care Month: Achieving Well-Being With Children and Youth in Care
    The Children’s Bureau, together with Child Welfare Information Gateway and the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, supports National Foster Care Month through a dedicated web section for child welfare professionals. The web section provides information and resources to help caseworkers, managers, and administrators support children, youth, and their families. The 2012 web section will provide resources to support child welfare professionals as they seek to build the well-being of children and youth in foster care.