July 14 from 1-2 p.m. CT
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- Reserved for Alliance members only
This virtual town hall meeting, held exclusively for members of the Alliance network, will discuss the future of child welfare with special guest Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of the Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Milner will provide an update on the Children’s Bureau’s plans and actions in child welfare practice and policy and implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act. Then we will discuss our shared desire to build a more equitable child welfare system and strategies for increasing the social and economic mobility of youth who are transitioning from foster care to adulthood.
This interactive virtual town hall will offer ample time for participants to ask questions, make comments, and learn about innovative efforts being led by organizations in the Alliance network. Featured speakers from the network include Debora Matthews of The Children’s Center in Detroit and Kathryn O’Day of Gateway in Birmingham, Alabama.
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- Update on the Children’s Bureau’s plans and actions in child welfare policy and practice
- Update on implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act
- Exciting examples of innovation from within the Alliance strategic action network
Who Should Attend
- Child welfare program managers and supervisors
- Early education program managers and supervisors
- Executives and directors of organizations providing child welfare services
- Jerry Milner, associate commissioner of the Children’s Bureau within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Debora Matthews, president & CEO of The Children’s Center in Detroit
- Kathryn O’Day, president/CEO of Gateway in Birmingham, Alabama
Before joining the Trump administration at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), Milner served as the vice president for child welfare practice at the Center for the Support of Families.
At the Center for the Support of Families, Milner assisted state and local child welfare agencies in evaluating their child welfare programs and designed and implemented improvements in practice, policy, and procedures. His work includes the use of data, implementation of science principles, development of practice models, systematic problem solving and the direct provision of technical assistance to achieve organizational changes, and practice improvements in child welfare.
Milner came to ACF with direct state-level experience as well. During his tenure as state child welfare director in Alabama, he led efforts to reform child welfare practice according to system of care principles. In addition to those positions, Milner worked in the Children’s Bureau to implement and manage the Child and Family Service Reviews of state child welfare services programs.
He received his undergraduate degree in political science from Auburn University and graduate degrees in social work from the University of Alabama. Milner brings 43 years of practice, management, and technical assistance experience in child welfare at the local, state, and federal levels.
Direct questions to Amy Templeman, director of safety and resilience, Within Our Reach Office, at the Alliance.