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GSS Ravazzin Children FIRST Conference

Conference to Celebrate Intergenerational Programs

In a collaborative effort, Children and Families Institute will join the Ravazzin Center on Aging for a conference that merges the groups’ two separate missions: one that focuses on the helping the aging, and the other which focuses on helping the young.

The event, titled “Enhancing Health and Wellness Across All Generation,” will take place on Wed., April 1st, at Fordham’s Westchester campus from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. National policy and best practices will be discussed in lectures an breakout sessions.

“We often silo child welfare and care for the aging,” said Janna Heyman, PhD, professor and director of the Ravazzin Center. “What we’re trying to foster is a way to blend the services.”



Westchester Recognized Its Foster Care Research

On June 8, Fordham’s Children and Families Institute for Research, Support and Training (Children and Families Institute) received the 2015 American Public Human Services Association’s (APHSA) Academic Excellence Award for their work with the Westchester Building Futures project.

"When one thinks of Westchester County, leafy suburbs and grand homes often come to mind. In fact, the high cost of living has increased the risk of homelessness for young people in foster care," said Janna Heyman, PhD, associate dean of the Graduate School of Social Service and director of Children and Families Institute.

“Everybody thinks of Westchester and they think its privileged, but because the rents are so high it makes it harder for people to find homes,” said Heyman.

Two years ago the federal government funded 18 projects across the country to identify the risk factors and reduce homelessness among youth. Westchester Building Futures was one of the projects funded. The Westchester County Department of Social Services invited Children and Families Institute to take the lead in examining the problem and identifying factors that could help.

Read the rest of the story in Inside Fordham.

Children and Families Institute Awarded Contracts

The Graduate School of Social Service’s (GSS) Children and Families Institute for Research Support and Training program has received contracts to provide training and other services to government and private agency social service caseworkers in the city and state of New York.

A contract with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) is to provide organizational analysis and planning for the ACS office.

In addition, another contract is with State University of New York at Stony Brook to conduct  “Sexual Abuse Dynamics and Intervention Training” workshops during the 2018-2021 calendar year.