A New Look at Contemporary Child Welfare: Looking at Child Welfare Through a Wider Lens

Instructor:   Maris Blechner, LCSW, M.Ed.
Date: Monday, May 8, 2017
Time: 5:30pm – 8:30pm
Course Code:  SWCHIWEL/7
Room: Silberman/218
Cost: $105.00
Description: To truly understand foster care and adoption today, it is necessary to know more than regulations and law (even given that New York State has some of the best in the country).  It is important to understand how foster care, by its very nature, can alter child development – and how adoption, and foster care as well, are strongly misperceived by American society.  Social workers, no matter what their role, will certainly encounter foster and adopted children in their work, whether as children or adults. The ability to look at their situations through a wide contemporary lens will enable social workers to work more effectively with populations impacted by foster care and adoption.
CE Hours: 3



About the Instructor:
blechnermMaris H. Blechner, LCSW, M.Ed.

Maris Blechner is an adoptive and birth parent, a licensed clinical social worker and educator, and a nationally respected trainer and speaker who has spent the last thirty-six years working for the improvement of the lives of older children in the child welfare system. One of the founders of the parent-led multi-service adoption agency that she directed for twenty-six years, Maris relates proudly that she comes from the citizen-activist child-advocacy community and brings that neighborhood and personal family experience to her professional work. These days she also enjoys mentoring for Children’s Corps, doing specialized consulting and training, and teaching on Wednesdays at her own school, the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College. She has recently been featured as a story-teller (about adoption) on the Moth Radio Hour, on NPR and podcasts, and even on the BBC.



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