UCLA Pritzker Center for the Strengthening of Children and Families Shares National Expertise on Child Welfare and Domestic Violence

Summit in May explored impact of domestic violence on foster children and families.

A virtual summit on will present “Child Welfare and Domestic Violence: The Summit on Intersection and Action” was presented by the UCLA Pritzker Center for the Strengthening of Children and Families on May 12, gathering UCLA and national expertise around the gaps in policy, practice, training, data collection and cultural competency where domestic violence and foster care merge, and proposing thoughtful solutions for a nationwide audience.

The program included Carolyn West, Ph.D., professor of clinical psychology, University of Washington-Tacoma, who spoke about “Understanding Dynamics of Race and Bias in DV/Child Welfare Cases”; and Emma Ketteringham, managing director of the Family Defense Project for The Bronx Defenders, sharing her expertise on, “Legal Aid in DV/Child Welfare Cases.”

A large session on “Learning from Other States,” explored national perspectives from Jamie K. Bahm, project manager of the Center on Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln; Susan Hubert, director of the Domestic Violence Unit, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families; and Vivek Sankaran, director, Child Advocacy Law Clinic, University of Michigan Law School. Finally, a look at “Balancing Harm – ACEs, DV Exposure and Foster Care,” was presented by Kyndra Cleveland, Ph.D., research associate at the UCLA Pritzker Center.

Visit this link for the UCLA Pritzker Center’s full report on, “Child Welfare and Domestic Violence: The Report on Intersection and Interaction.”

To view a recording of the summit, visit this YouTube link.