The CarePortal Podcast was created to invite deeper conversation from those not often heard; it honors contributions from those with lived experience as well as professionals/leaders in the field to discuss topics through the lens of CarePortal.
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In this 3-part conversation on Child Welfare, you will hear from the following:
Audrey Deckinga- Director of Agency Partnerships with CarePortal, she brings over 35yrs of personal and professional experience as a foster parent as well as a caseworker, supervisor, Director of Policy and Programs, and the Assistant Commissioner in TX CPS
Jessica Latta - before joining CarePortal as a regional manager; worked as a case worker, supervisor, Adoption Specialist, and Program Manager over Alternative Care for JaCo MO Children's Division for a total of 7 yrs. She is also the CP point person at her church.
Arlene Jones - UCA with CarePortal and has experienced the child welfare system from several angles — from experiencing out-of-home placement, to helping found a statewide Youth Advisory Board, becoming a CASA, working as a caseworker, serving as a child welfare trainer and being a kinship caregiver.
Episode 1: (Part 1 of 3) - Honoring the Child's Experience
A child exists within a family, and a family within a community. The familiarity and sense of belonging often outweighs the hardships brought about from poverty. Amplifying the strengths of where they come from is important in maintaining their value and dignity. How can CarePortal responders be mindful of how their beliefs are formed and begin to shift the approach for better connection?