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Webinar on Collaboration for Grandfamilies and Kinship Families Support with Dr. Terry Cross

September 8, 2022 2:00 pm

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One of the goals of the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center is to promote cross-system collaboration to improve services, supports, and outcomes for grandfamilies and kinship families. In our first Network webinar, Dr. Terry Cross will provide an overview of collaboration; what it is, why to collaborate, and how it can be successfully accomplished. He will provide an example of one collaboration model designed to link child welfare with substance abuse treatment services. We will explore what this example teaches us about successful collaboration and point out key concepts. Learn several building blocks for developing collaborative service approaches and discuss options for implementing, managing, and evaluating collaborative efforts.

This webinar will help you to:

  • Discuss why grandfamilies can benefit from collaborative approaches by service providers.
  • Become familiar with the key elements of successful collaboration.
  • Explore your organization’s readiness for collaboration.
  • Understand how collaborative efforts can be structured and sustained.

Presenter: Dr. Terry (Ha-ne-ga-noh) Cross, an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation. He is the founding executive director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), now serving as senior advisor. He is the author of Positive Indian Parenting and co-authored Towards a Culturally Competent System of Care, published by Georgetown University. He has 49 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years direct practice. Dr. Cross received his master’s degree in social work from Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. He is currently serving as a Subject Matter Expert for the Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network: A National Technical Assistance Center.

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