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NRCPFC Teleconference/Webinar 

Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers Curriculum and TA

Date/Time: Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 3:00-4:30 PM EDT

In recent months, the National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections (NRCPFC) has received many inquiries and requests for Technical Assistance (TA) from States working on kinship care issues. In response, NRCPFC hosted this webinar for Adoption and Foster Care Managers and their invited guests. The presenters, Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW and Donna D. Petras, PhD, MSW shared information about a new CWLA research to practice competency-based training "Model of Practice" for child welfare workers and their supervisors that can be used to support successful collaboration with kinship caregivers to achieve safety, well-being, and permanency for the children in their care. Stephanie Boyd Serafin, ACSW, NRCPFC Associate Director, offered information about TA available through NRCPFC to assist with the use and implementation of the curriculum (as well as other areas of kinship policy and practice), and discussed how States and Tribes can request TA.

Listening Time: 80 minutes


Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW
Dr. Pasztor is Professor, California State University, Long Beach, School of Social Work. She teaches courses in child welfare, administration, and social welfare policy/advocacy in both the on-campus and distance-education programs. She served as the editor of the School’s peer-reviewed journal, Reflections: Narratives of Professional Helping. Prior to joining the faculty in 1999, Dr. Pasztor worked for ten years for CWLA, initially as the national program director for family foster care. She advanced the national use of the term “kinship care” as staff director for the National Commission on Family Foster Care, which produced CWLA’s first publication relating to kinship care in the chapter, “The Significance of Kinship Care,” in A Blueprint for Fostering Infants, Children, and Youths in the 1990s (National Commission on Family Foster Care, 1991).  She became CWLA’s first national program director for kinship care.

Dr. Pasztor is recognized as a principal designer of the Parent Resource for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) Model of Practice, which is used nationally and overseas for the development and support of foster- and adoptive (resource) parents as partners in permanency. She was the director of CWLA’s Los Angeles-based Western Office, providing consultation and training on policy- and practice issues for over 200 public and voluntary agencies in the 15 Western states. In 2008, Dr. Pasztor received an award from CWLA for “Outstanding Curricula Design” for her innovations in PRIDE. Dr. Pasztor also is experienced as a foster- and adoptive parent, and is still providing care for her now-adult children because of their special needs. Dr. Pasztor has trained thousands of child welfare workers, supervisors, administrators, caregivers, and other advocates in kinship care, family foster care, and adoption practices, and advocacy. 

Donna D. Petras, PhD, MSW
Dr. Petras is an experienced child welfare practitioner, administrator, researcher and educator. She is the former Director of Foster Care for the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and was a founding board member and Past-President of the National Association of State Foster Care Mangers. She supervised caseworkers working with relatives in the child welfare system, which included the family known for the Youakim vs. Miller Supreme Court decision giving relatives equal access and resources. She led a Foster Care Initiative that implemented best practices in foster care programming in Illinois. She directed the development of the Parent Resource for Information, Development, and Education (PRIDE) Model of Practice that has been implemented in over 30 states and 20 countries.

While serving on the faculty of the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, Dr. Petras chaired the Child and Family concentration and conducted research in the areas of kinship care and parenting by mothers involved in substance abuse and the criminal justice system. Dr. Petras is Professor Emerita of the Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago, as well as Visiting Professor, Addis Ababa University, Ethiopia. In 2008, she received an award from CWLA for “Outstanding Curricula Design” for the PRIDE Model of Practice.

Dr. Petras joined the CWLA staff in September 2010. Based in Chicago, she serves as Director of Models of Practice and Training Development. In this role, she staffs CWLA’s National Kinship Care Advisory Committee. Dr. Petras is experienced with kinship care, having also cared for members of her extended family.

Meeting Materials and Resources
  • PowerPoint presentation

  • Kinship Care – History of a Name
    This one page article was authored by Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW, and published in Fostering Families Today. It is included in the Appendix of the Collaborating with Kinship Caregivers curriculum. It explains how the term "kinship care" was coined based on the pioneer work of Carol Stack in All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community. Another article, “Knowledge is Power”, by Margaux Holbert, MSW, is also included here. This article on kinship care discusses empowerment and advocacy and explains why kin should have educational/support groups. (March/April 2010)
  • Regional Office Contacts
    NRCPFC provides free on-site training and technical assistance to States and Tribes in our areas of expertise, after negotiation with and approval by your Regional Office staff.