Foster Care II

The 2016 North Carolina Family Impact Seminar, Intersections of Child Welfare and Substance Abuse: Strategies for Supporting Families, was held on Sept. 22, 2016, at Marbles Museum in Raleigh.

The seminar focused on recent federal efforts to support the use of preventative services in child welfare, provided national examples of evidence-based practices that help families struggling with substance abuse, and provided information on the Prevention and Family Recovery Program in Robeson County, N.C., which partners Family Drug Treatments Court with evidence-based practices and child development services.

Sen. Tamara Barringer opened the seminar by highlighting the importance of improving the well-being of youth in foster care. She introduced a panel discussion featuring Heather Baker, manager at Public Consulting Group; Judge Stanley Carmichael, chief district court judge in Robeson County; Ken DeCerchio, program director at the Center for Children and Family Futures; and Tina Willauer, director of sobriety treatment and recovery teams at the Kentucky Department for Community Based Services. Titianna Goings provided the closing remarks.

The 2016 Family Impact Seminar was convened by the Sanford School of Public Policy’s Policy Bridge, which connects the worlds of research and policy.

This seminar was the second NCFIS Family-Focused Foster Care seminars. The first, Helping Kids in Foster Care Succeed: Strategies for N.C. to Strengthen Families and Save Money, was held in May 2015.