A New Look at Contemporary Child Welfare: Successful Adoption in the World of Foster Care

Instructor:   Maris Blechner, LCSW, M.Ed.,
Date:  Monday, May 15, 2017
Time:  5:30pm – 8:30pm
Course Code: SWCHIWEL/8
Room: Silberman/218
Cost: $105.00
Description: The role of foster care, and of foster parents, is greatly misunderstood in our greater society, and often seen in a negative light.  Yet, who better to adopt children in need of permanence than the “temporary” parents who have often cared for them for many years?  Long-term foster parents are of great value to foster care agencies, not only because they know “the routine,” but because they have invested themselves and their families’ lives in caring for children who may have come to them from chaotic backgrounds, with unknown futures. In order to be successful adoptive parents, foster parents need special training about the difference between 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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