Participants of this webinar will have the opportunity to learn from experts in Rwanda and Moldova about their experiences with the deinstitutionalization of alternative care systems for children, or the shift from institutional care to family-based care. Deinstitutionalization is a complex process involving much more than closing institutions and moving children to family settings. It involves the development of a range of family-based alternative care and the transformation or development of social service systems that embrace a child-centered approach. This reform occurs within a framework of new laws and regulations, shifts in social norms, reorganization of financial and human resources and the establishment of new regulatory systems.
The effectiveness of this process relies on a well-planned, well-trained and supported workforce. It can involve task shifting and training workers in institutions to take on new tasks, supporting local authorities and decision makers as they oversee the new system, and developing new cadres of community-based workers to provide critical support to families to ensure children receive quality care. These workers also provide key supports to families to help to prevent the future institutionalization of children.
Presenters will provide information on the deinstitutionalization process in their respective countries, identify challenges and highlight specific approaches taken to put in place and train local professionals and para professionals to ensure quality support for children and their families.
Please connect to the webinar using this link on December 5.
Note that this link will not be available prior to December 5.
For full information, please visit: http://bettercarenetwork.org/BCN/details_news.asp?id=32146&themeID=1002&topicID=1017
Joint Council is pleased to announce that for the first time it will provide scholarships to emerging leaders in the child welfare field interested in attending the 38th Annual Child Welfare Symposium in San Francisco, California, from April 7 – 9, 2014.
The scholarship will provide financial support for four (4) emerging leaders working in the child welfare field to attend the Annual Symposium. Each scholarship covers the registration costs for all three days of the Symposium, travel to/from the Symposium and lodging at the Holiday Inn Fisherman’s Wharf for three nights. Scholarship recipients will be responsible for expenses including but not limited to meals (those not provided at the Symposium) and incidentals. The Joint Council thanks its generous sponsors, including the Dave Thomas Foundation for their support of this program.
More information regarding eligibility and the application can be found by clicking here.
Applications must be submitted by December 1, 2013 at midnight eastern time to Rebecca Harris at Rebecca.firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “JC38SYM Scholarship Application” in the subject line of the email. Questions can also be directed to Ms. Harris.
MYM&E: A Brief Introduction to the Monitoring and Evaluation Resource Site
Celeste Serrano, Program Assistant, will present on MyM&E an interactive technology that fosters knowledge sharing and networking among M&E practitioners worldwide. The presentation will provide information on resources and tools available as well as discuss ways in which MyM&E can better support child protection practitioners working in the field of M&E.
To join the webinar follow this link. The webinar room will open 30 minutess before the event. All welcome!
Please be ready with the following to successfully join the webinar:
The conference theme “Now More Than Ever: Targeting Zero” is derived from the UNAIDS’ vision of striving for “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths”, but it also highlights the need to “now more than ever” maintain the commitment to ensure access to treatment for everyone in Africa irrespective of their ability to pay for such treatment. This year’s ICASA is an opportunity for the international community, and all Africans, to join efforts in committing to achieving an AIDS-free Africa.
The conference will be chaired by Professor Robert Soudre, the President of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA) and co-chaired by Professor Ian Sanne, the CEO of Right Care and Associate Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of the Witwatersrand. The conference will be an excellent opportunity to promote inter-sectoral achievements in the AIDS response and to strengthen the partnership among governments, civil society, and development partners.
The objectives of ICASA 2013 are to:
• Serve as an advocacy platform to mobilise African leaders, partners and the community to
increase ownership, commitment and support to the AIDS response.
• Provide a forum for exchange of knowledge, skills and best practices in Africa and from around the globe.
• Mobilise support to scale up evidence-based responses to HIV and AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, tuberculosis and Malaria in order to achieve the millennium development goals.
• Act as platform to hold accountable all stakeholders to scale up and sustain the AIDS response.
• Create opportunities to define priorities and set policy and programme agendas to enhance
mobilisation and effective utilisation of resources.
For more information, please visit: http://www.icasa2013southafrica.org/
The Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS (CCABA) is sponsoring a special issue of AIDS, the official journal of the International AIDS society, on the theme of Children Born into Families Affected by HIV for release at the 20th International AIDS Conference on July 20-25, 2014 in Melbourne. This is a Call for Papers for the above theme, and included in this theme are topics such as:
Papers from all regions of the world are encouraged as well as multi-disciplinary perspectives and papers dealing with neglected populations. Papers must conform to all submission requirements of AIDS, which are found on the website:
Papers will be subjected to the standard review procedures of the journal. For more information about the Special Issue: Children Born into Families Affected by HIV, please contact: Linda Richter at email@example.com or Lynne Mofenson at firstname.lastname@example.org
The final date for submission is December 20th, 2013.
The International Social Work Conference held in Kampala on March 16th to 18th, 2014 will address the role of social workers in East Africa. The conference will discuss the social workers role in social development and poverty reduction; curriculum development; capacity building; and advocacy for the social work profession.
For more information please visit http://socialwork2014.org/
The Joint Council on International Children’s Services is hosting its 38th Annual Child Welfare Symposium to be held April 7, 2014 - April 9, 2014 at The Holiday Inn - Fisherman's WharfSan Francisco, CA. 2014's Symposium will include the following tracks:
For more information, please use the following link: http://symposium.jointcouncil.org/
The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) will be hosting a Global Summit on Childhood in April 2014. The goals of the summit are to provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue among the global community about the experience of childhood; explore the current state of childhood from international, cross-cultural, and cross-disciplinary perspectives; examine specific issues impacting the lives of children today; and consider best policies and practices to promote the opportunities that support a positive childhood experience and to address the challenges that threaten childhood.
For more information about registration, and a call for proposals, please visit: http://www.acei.org/programs-events/summit.html
19th USA National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
The 19th USA National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, sponsored by the Children's Bureau Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN), will be held April 29–May 2, 2014, in New Orleans, LA. The theme for the 2014 conference is "Making Meaningful Connections." Next year's conference also will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).
For more information, please visit the conference website: http://www.pal-tech.com/web/NCCAN19/