Date and Location
Wednesday September 22, 2021 to Wednesday December 8, 2021

Child welfare and education professionals are independently and universally mandated to work in the best interests of children. Yet, despite the fact that collaboration is unequivocally endorsed as “best practice” for working with youth (Darlington & Feeney, 2008, p. 195), it has not yet emerged as an intuitive approach to practice for educators and child welfare workers, nor is it instituted in policies, practices, and structures. Given that both professions share collective responsibility for children in care, facilitating an
interprofessional focus and dialogue around the needs of children in care can highlight a greater understanding of the value of working collaboratively, with a view toward improving children’s educational experiences.

The objective of this national forum is to bring together an interprofessional group of researchers, academics, and practicing practitioners to highlight current research and works in progress on the policy, practices, and programs related to educational experiences and outcomes of children in care of child welfare systems.

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Succeeding Together? School Experiences of Children in Care in Canada
September 22, 2021
7:00-8:30 pm CDT
Dr. Kathryn Levine, University of Manitoba
Dr. Kelley Gal
lagher-Mackay, Wilfrid Laurier University

Perspectives on School for Children in Care
October 6, 2021
7:00-8:30 pm CDT

Michelle Kowalchuk, MAYC
Dr. Melanie Janzen, University of Manitoba

Post-secondary Pathways
October 25, 2021
7:00-8:30 pm CDT
Marie Christian, VOICES
Jane Kovarikova, Child Welfare PAC


Supporting Transitions
November 18, 2021
1:00-2:30 pm CST

Dr. Anne Edwards, Oxford University
Marie Christian, VOICES

School-based Successes: Stories of Hope
December 8, 2021
7:00-8:30 pm CST

Dr. Marlyn Bennet, University of Manitoba
Amy Komus, Seven Oaks School Division