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GSS Ravazzin Children FIRST Conference

Conference to Celebrate Intergenerational Programs

In a collaborative effort, Children FIRST 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 “Practice Across the Lifespan: Intergenerational Work in Action,” will take place on Wed., March 9, at Fordham’s Westchester campus from 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 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.”

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Westchester Recognized for Putting Children First

On June 8, Fordham’s Children and Family Institute for Research, Support and Training (Children FIRST) 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 FIRST.

“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 FIRST to take the lead in examining the problem and identifying factors that could help.

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Children FIRST Program Awarded $1 Million in Contracts

The Graduate School of Social Service’s (GSS) Children and Families Institute for Research Support and Training (Children FIRST) program has received two contracts worth up to $1.3 million to provide training and other services to government and private agency social service caseworkers in the city and state of New York.

A $1 million contract with New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services (ACS), which started on April 1, calls for Children FIRST to provide a series of ongoing training projects, including sexual abuse training, on-site consulting in the ACS office, and logistical support for the city’s OIC (Officer In Charge) training programs.

The second award consists of a subcontract with the State University of New York at Stony Brook for $256,248 to do “Sexual Abuse Dynamics and Intervention Training” workshops during the 2009 calendar year.

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