Beyond Neglect: Cultural relevance in community case conferencing
Webinar event date: 
Apr 26, 2023 12:00 pm EDT
Webinar Presenters: 
Ajirioghene Evi

Community and Engagement Specialist at OACAS

Ajirioghene (Ah Jiri Or Ganeh) Evi has almost two decades in public service work, which continues to be her driving force. As a Community and Engagement Specialist at the Ontario Association of Children's Aid Societies, she leads OVOV's community engagement strategy and program communication activities within the Child Welfare sector and the public. In addition, her role includes working with Government and Stakeholders Relations within Child Welfare to address the unique needs and concerns of Black children, youth, and families. Ajirioghene volunteers in an inaugural role as Executive Director of a Black-led Not-For-Profit organization, Kind Minds Family Wellness (KMFW), she is a part-time Faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University, and she was selected in 2022 as a recipient of Canada's Top 100 Black Women to Watch from the Canada International Black Women Excellence. 


Community case conferencing is a routine, integrated practice that helps families and their support collaboratively navigate the child welfare space- especially when a matter is standing still.

With this definition by Ajirioghene Evi in mind, please join her as she engages the audience through a cultural relevance lens encircled by the implantation of community case conferencing on the following: How can community case conferencing address opportunities and challenges of connecting children and families with material and service need through the lens of cultural relevance? What historical and structural factors create barriers to effective culturally diverse caregiving practices and building on the strengths of families and caregivers to support the wellbeing of children and youth in their care be addressed via community case conferencing? What are the benefits of case conferences when supporting Black-identifying families involved with child welfare agencies and other establishments that intersect with child welfare agencies? How can the 11 Race Equity Practices by One Vision One Voice inform child welfare case conferences? How can the Navigating Child Welfare guide and other One Vision One Voice recommended tools and practices inform child welfare case conferences?