SESSION D: Tuesday, November 17

1:00pm - 2:00pm

D1 - “Getting a Better Handle on the Six Protective Factors”

Dorothy Davis Central IL Regional Coordinator Parents Care & Share Program

Ernestine Brown Chicago Metropolitan Regional Coordinator Parents Care & Share Program

Stefanie Lynch Northern Illinois Regional Coordinator Parents Care & Share Program

The Center for the Study of Social Policy identified six qualities, known as the Protective Factors, that prevent child abuse and neglect. Thirty-six states across the country implement them in one way or another. What makes these factors so essential to our work? In this workshop, you will learn the history of how these factors were identified, why we should integrate them into our programs, and some practical ways to help parents.

D2 - “Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect in the Time of COVID”

Kristin Kaufman MS, Home Visiting Specialist, Prevent Child Abuse Illinois

Due to the unprecedented times we are facing, it is now more important than ever that we know how to recognize and respond to child abuse and neglect.  COVID-19 has altered all of our lives and has created new challenges in prevention efforts.  Join this session to learn about DCFS hotline trends, the implication for those trends, and how to recognize child abuse and neglect in a virtual world.

*D3 - “Integrating Mental Health & Home Visiting” [Spanish]

Katherine Layden MS, LPC, NCC, Mental Health Specialist for YWCA Metropolitan Chicago-Strong Families Program & Mental Health Team

(This session will be presented in Spanish) What is the role of executive functioning within development? What are some practical strategies to better engage with families during a home visit? and What is it like to be a home visitor? We will explore the answers to these important questions through an interactive learning experience that will help to inform the use of a human-centered approach.

*D4 - “The Illinois Risk and Reach Report”

Cristina Pacione-Zayas Associate Vice President of Policy, Erikson Institute

The Illinois Risk and Reach Report provides county-by-county data on the well-being of young children in the areas of Family Stability, Health, and Early Care and Education. A catalyst for transformative change that advances greater equity for Illinois children and prompts a more effective distribution of state resources, this report can inform policy and program funding decisions made by governmental and nongovernmental stakeholders who can more precisely address needs.