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The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), the prime contractor for the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN), and the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center’s Independent Living Project are pleased to announce the agenda for the 2019 SWAN/Independent Living (IL) Fall Quarterly Meetings. They will be held throughout the state in October and early November. Please see the registration form for dates and locations. SWAN affiliates are required to attend quarterly meetings. We also invite and encourage each county children and youth agency to attend, including caseworkers, supervisors and administrators.
The morning general session of the 2019 SWAN/IL Fall Quarterly Meetings will be “Recruitment of Families for Older Youth: The Strategies Behind the Success.”This session will examine the mission and scope of the Older Child Matching Initiative (OCMI). We will discuss techniques and strategies for successful family recruitment and examine the valuable role that IL workers can play to help create lasting connections for older youth. The session will highlight the importance of the Child Placement and Adoption Finalization Units of Service to keep a placement stable once a family has been identified.
Following the general session, we are pleased to offer a comprehensive agenda of four concurrent sessions in the afternoon, including an intensive workshop focused on training affiliate supervisors and administrators on utilizing data from the SWAN Benchmark Cost/Time Log to manage their agency’s SWAN program. We strongly encourage supervisory personnel from affiliate agencies to attend this session. Please review the session descriptions accompanying the registration form. Approval of continuing education credit provided through co-sponsorship with the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work, a Pennsylvania pre-approved provider of social work continuing education, is pending. The SWAN prime contractor will also issue certificates of training that can be credited toward the 20 hours of annual training required for all county children and youth caseworkers.
To register, click on a link below. We look forward to seeing you as we continue to network for permanency on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children.
Carrie Keiser, Supervisor
Jarrod E. Leo, Senior Vice President Finance
cc: Judith C. Damiano, M.S., Family Design Resources and SWAN Program Administrator
Wednesday, October 2
Radisson Lackawanna Station
Wednesday, October 23
Trinity Point Church of God
Thursday, October 24
Wednesday, October 30
Clarion Hotel & Conference Center
Thursday, October 31
Holiday Inn Lansdale
Tuesday, November 5
Best Western Premier
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