NAPCWA hosts 2016 Symposium, Health Children, Empowered Families, Thriving Communities.

Author:Crayton, Christina
Position::Association news - Clinical report

The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) 2016 Symposium was part of APHSA's 2016 National Health and Human Services, Inspire, Innovate, Impact! Summit. The meeting opened on Saturday, May 21 with a presentation and discussion on the University of Tennessee's (Knoxville) longitudinal study on the correlation of organizational culture and climate on outcomes. This opening dialogue on the core components of an organization's patterns and norms provided the right context for the remaining sessions. Sunday, May 22 began with an informative discussion of the National Commission to Eliminate Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities' (the Commission) report, "Within Our Reach." The session was led by Dr. David Sanders, chair of the Commission; Susan Dreyfus, commissioner; and Amy Templeman, former acting executive director to the Commission. Dreyfus and Sanders reviewed the national data on child fatalities, presented the report's recommendations, highlighting next steps for Congress and the Administration to address this issue. Templeman facilitated a conversation on the newly established Within Our Reach office (a division of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities) and the near term and longer term objectives to advance the Commission's push for a 21st Century Child Welfare System.

Following their presentation, Jenny Wood, chief deputy at the Administration on Children, Youth and Families, provided an overview of the Administration's latest actions, including...

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