WHAT: Dr. Peter J. Pecora will present, "Permanency Planning in the 21st Century: Challenges and Opportunities in Helping Children Find a Forever Home."
This is the 2010 Charles Shireman Memorial Lecture, sponsored by the School of Social Work, and serves as this week's installment of the Social Sustainability Colloquium series.
WHEN: 4-6 p.m., Friday, March 5, 2010
WHERE: School of Social Work, Student Academic and Recreation Center Building, Room 620 (1800 S.W. Sixth Ave, Portland, OR)
COST: The event is free and open to the public.
BACKGROUND: In the late 1970s and early-'80s, Portland State University was the birthplace and leader for permanency planning in the United States
Peter Pecora will highlight some of the achievements of the early permanency planning pioneers; review foster care placement trends and other data; and discuss both key challenges we are facing in permanency planning today and some strategies for addressing these. He will be joined by a panel of experts from our community.
Dr. Pecora is professor at University of Washington and Senior Director of Research Services, Casey Family Programs, Seattle. He has worked with a number of state departments of social services to implement intensive home-based services, child welfare training, and risk assessment systems for child protective services. He is a well-known expert in the delivery of foster care and co-leads a clinical R&D project to improve youth access to evidence-based mental health services through improved screening and caregiver and youth self-advocacy and also co-leads a data work group as part of a national effort to reduce racial disproportionality in the child welfare system. For more about Dr. Pecora, go to http://depts.washington.edu/sswweb/faculty/docs/bio-pecora.pdf