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Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020 – Going Behind the Scenes: Effective Partnerships for Primary Prevention

The theme of the fifth annual Virtual Expo “Strengthening Families Through Prevention and Collaboration”, will provide information and strategies to help agencies strengthen families, support implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA), and create prevention-oriented child welfare systems that focus on keeping families together and improving the lives of children, youth, and families.

This moderated “fishbowl” discussion offers participants a behind-the-scenes glimpse of effective collaboration to help them gain a deeper understanding of the dynamics of effective collaboration from multiple perspectives. Partners highlight their journeys and share their experiences of the adaptive challenges they faced in building the relationships and capacities needed to be an effective partner. The session also offers suggested strategies for avoiding pitfalls and addressing speed bumps along the way to implementing effective partnerships for primary prevention.



Julia Jean-François (L.C.S.W., Ph.D.) oversees the Center for Family Life's family counseling and foster care programs, community resource center, employment services, and cooperative business development. Before joining the Center for Family Life in 2003, she was Director of Operations at the Puerto Rican Family Institute. Dr. Jean-Francois has extensive experience in child welfare and mental health services. She teaches research methods and ethnocultural methods in social work practice at the New York University School of Social Work and Rutgers School of Social Work and has taught statistics and sociology at the University of the People. She received her M.S.W. from New York University and Ph.D. from the Columbia University School of Social Work.