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Cynthia Park Memorial Child Welfare Lecture April 29

April 9, 2021    |  

You are invited to the Cynthia Park, LCSW-C Memorial Child Welfare Lecture and Memorial Celebration of Cynthia’s Life. This event is co-sponsored by the Child Welfare Academy and Title IV-E Education for Public Child Welfare Program.

April 29, 2021
9:00 am to 11:30 am Lecture
11:30 am Memorial Service will begin after the Lecture

"Infants in the Child Welfare System: A Developmental Framework for Policy and Practice"
Brenda Jones Harden, PhD
Alison Richman Professor for Children and Families at the UMSSW
2.5 Category I Continuing Education Units - No Cost
Description: Infants and toddlers are overrepresented in the child welfare system at every juncture. Based on a bioecodevelopmental framework, this workshop will examine the child welfare trajectories and related sequelae for very young children. Building on a public health model, policy and programmatic strategies to optimize experiences and outcomes for very young children in the child welfare system will be presented.
The Cynthia Park Memorial Child Welfare Lecture will be an opportunity to honor the life of Cynthia Park, MSW, LCSW-C who passed in April 2020. Cynthia, alum of the SSW, worked in child welfare for over 23 years in In-Home Services, CPS, and then on to the Title IV-E Program. Following the lecture, interested attendees can stay on the platform to share thoughts on Cynthia's life. Contact Gisele Ferretto at if you wish to be included in the program for the memorial service.
To register for the Lecture and/or Memorial Service go to the CWA at this link: