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Scholars Day 2005, Wednesday, April 13

Grandparent Kinship Care in Child Welfare Teaching Gero-enriched Strengths-based Assessment in Russia

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Veliky Novgorod, Russia has partnered with Sister Cities International to develop partnerships with cities in Sweden, England, Germany and the United States. During the past 12 years, eight international exchanges between Veliky Novgorod and Rochester, New York have focused on child welfare through Linkages Partnership for Children. In spring 2004, a team of social work educators and practitioners were invited to participate in a delegation to Novgorod to teach family-focused social work theory, assessment and best practice strategies to child welfare administrators and staff involved in the development and implementation of child welfare programs and services. Novgorod child welfare staff provided case studies; three out of the five case studies included three generations. Multi-faceted dimensions of grandparent child-welfare care were incorporated in role-plays and in teaching assessment techniques along with principles of empowerment-based practice using an ecological framework of person-environment.

Presenters: Paul Caccamise (Faculty)
Debra Faria (Faculty)
Jed Metzger (Faculty)
Topic: Social Work
Location: 313 MetroCenter
Time: 6 pm (Session VI)