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Child Welfare Virtual Expo 2020- Building Prevention-Centered Systems: Key Leadership, Workforce, and Community Roles in Shifting and Sustaining Culture
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 session pairs child welfare leaders with community partners to showcase the importance of successful collaboration and engagement for implementing prevention-focused systems. Presentations focus on developing an agency culture and climate that support prevention to successfully implement the provisions of the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) and build a prevention continuum. Presenters will discuss strategies for building a prevention-focused agency culture and climate while simultaneously working on collaboratively spreading the vision for prevention beyond the borders of child welfare agencies and into the community. Presenters also will highlight examples of agency- and community-driven culture shifts and ways to develop the collaboration needed to sustain efforts in the long term.
Kimee Wind-Hummingbird currently serves as the Director of Children & Family Services Administration (CFSA) for the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She has devoted 21 years to working within Indian child welfare. Her career began at Cherokee Nation Indian Child Welfare in 1999, and she joined the Muscogee (Creek) Nation CFSA in 2013. She is currently the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association (OICWA) Vice President, as well as the OICWA Chair of the Public Relations Committee and Cochair of the Special Projects Committee, and she was previously the Chair of the Legislative Committee. Other community partnerships include being an active participant with Tribal/State Workgroup and the Tribal/State Workgroup Bylaw Subcommittee. Ms. Wind-Hummingbird feels very fortunate to spend time as an adjunct professor for Northeastern State University, where she instructs students on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). In addition, she presents on ICWA every summer semester for the University of Oklahoma and at the Community Partnerships in the Master’s of Social Work Program. She also lends her expertise as a member of the Tribal Child Welfare Leadership workgroup developing the Tribal Core Competency Training through the Simulation Center at the University of Oklahoma Tulsa.
Ms. Wind-Hummingbird understands the importance of keeping Indian children with their families, within their communities, and connected to their culture. She shares this knowledge by educating other professionals throughout the nation on the ICWA. She hopes to strengthen the level of service afforded to all Indian children and tribes, thereby assuring the protection of all Indian children and the continuation of tribal cultures.