The webinar features presentations from Iowa and New York, which addressed child welfare system collaborations with Departments of Corrections (DOC). Iowa presents information about engaging incarcerated parents at the state level and at the local level through the Mount Pleasant Correctional Facility Project. Iowa discusses issues of training, barriers, and lessons learned regarding the local pilot child welfare system-DOC collaboration, as well as the State-level DHS-DOC collaboration undertaken as part of Iowa's Program Improvement Plan implementation. New York, in partnership with The Osborne Association's New York Initiative for Children of Incarcerated Parents, presents on achieving permanency and well-being for children of incarcerated parents. New York presenters discuss the importance of visiting and maintaining relationships to achieving permanency and well-being for children/youth in foster care with incarcerated parents, and share information about televisiting as one strategy for maintaining connections, as well as the role of kinship caregivers and foster parents as critical partners. The NY presentation provides information about Office of Children and Family Services collaboration with the NY State Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, as well as NY Chapter 113 of the laws of 2010, which highlights discretion when considering termination of parental rights and other issues related to incarcerated parents and parents in residential substance abuse treatment with children in foster care. The webinar closes with a question and answer/discussion period. (Author abstract)
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