SESSION E: Wednesday, November 18

11:00am - 12:00pm

E1 - “Working with LGBTQI+ Youths:  Supporting Healthy Identity and a Path to Permanency”


This workshop educates participants regarding best practices for working LGBTQI+ youth in care.  DCFS policy and state laws are reviewed, and guidelines for creating a safe, affirming environment for youth are presented.

E2 - “Substance Use in Pregnancy: Making an Impact through Early Assessment, Identification and Treatment”

Donna Stephens DNP, RNC-OB

This presentation follows the presenter’s doctoral project “Early Assessment and Resource Provision for the Pregnant Substance User”. The project explored the implementation of a validated screening tool for early identification of substance use in pregnant women.  Women who screened positive were provided with education on the risks associated with substance use. Staff were educated and measures taken to reduce the stigma associated with substance abuse in pregnancy.

*E3 - “Integrating Home Visiting and Child Welfare: A Panel Discussion”

Jaime Russell Children’s Home & Aid Program Director

Tia Staggers Erikson/DCFS Early Childhood Project

Heather Moyer Healthy Families Program Manager

Ashley Anderson Perinatal Education Coordinator

Join our panelists who are experts in their roles in helping programs learn about the benefits of home visiting for families who are involved in the child welfare system.  You will hear a short overview of the pilot program, hear about how to make referrals or begin receiving referrals, and hear from a site who has received their Child Welfare Adaptation. There will be time after the presentation for
Q & A with the panelists.

*E4 - “Integrating Mental Health & Home Visiting”

Madison Hammett MPH, MSW, Policy Analyst, Illinois ACEs Response Collaborative, Health & Medicine Policy Research Group

This workshop will discuss how collective historical trauma, such as slavery, the Holocaust, or Native American genocide, can still have an impact on the health and social outcomes of individuals in the present. It will also discuss how historical events and structures still influence systems and communities today, and how these connections can be seen in individual and family trauma, as well as how we can incorporate this knowledge into our own work with children, families and communities.

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