Category Archive: Child Welfare

Disparities in service referrals for psychosocial needs by U.S. child protection caseworkers in practice with parents with intellectual disabilities

That parents with intellectual disabilities are noted to have risk factors for child protection involvement as well as disproportionate rates of involvement in that system is well documented. Whether this is truly warranted is… Continue reading

Why social workers shouldn’t be “servicing” clients

Debates about how to refer to the people social workers support through the provision of care and service referrals ebbs and flows. We have moved on from the medicalized “patient” to the more… Continue reading

Sharing reflections on U.S. and Russian child welfare and disability services with my graduate students

Recently, I have been wrapping up my Social Expertise Exchange grant from the Eurasia Foundation.  This grant allowed me to engage in an exchange with a Russian colleague who was also interested in youth… Continue reading

Supporting people with disabilities in the U.S. and the Russian Federation: A roundtable from the Eurasia Foundation

We’ve all heard the phrase “great minds think alike,” but this morning’s disability initiatives roundtable sponsored by the Eurasia Foundation’s U.S.-Russia Social Expertise Exchange really blew my mind. I was honored to participate… Continue reading

Bringing Vygotsky’s theories to life: A visit to the Center for Curative Pedagogics (центр гечебной педагогики)

  The spirit of Lev Vygotsky’s theory about cultural-historical psychology lives on in a vibrant community center for youth with a range of disabilities in Moscow, Russia.  I had the honor of visiting… Continue reading

On mentoring students with disabilities: A consultation with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Moscow (Старшие Братья Старшие Сестры России)

Nastavniki, otherwise known as Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Moscow, is an organization specializing in mentoring young people in the child welfare system – including young people with disabilities.  As I understand it,… Continue reading

Переосмысливая отношение к людям с ограниченными возможностями: для программ наставничества и социальных проектов (Reframing disability: A training for social workers and mentors)

In this training, presented in Russian (transcript below), I argue that people with disabilities need to be seen in a different light – a more empowering light.  In both the United States and… Continue reading

A family village centered around children with disabilities

My Russian child welfare colleagues are experimenting with a number of different models designed to support children with disabilities in stable family placements.  Today, I visited one of these experimental models, a family… Continue reading

Universal design in action: A school for students with disabilities

The concept of universal design is based on the idea that the production of buildings, products and environments that are inherently accessible to all – regardless of disability – is a best practice.… Continue reading

Reframing disability: A visit to Downside Up in Moscow, Russia

While Russia may face a stereotype that people with disabilities are stigmatized, this does not mean that there is a dearth of social change agents actively working to re-frame the status of this population… Continue reading

An easy bridge to build for supporting children with disabilities in Russia and the United States

As I arrived in Moscow for the first time in 33 years, I wondered what kind of bridge I might need to build between me and my new colleagues.  We were all interested… Continue reading

Grant received to study youth with disabilities in U.S., Russian Federation child welfare system

Social Support of Citizens:Youth with Disabilities in the Child Welfare System in the United States and the Russian Federation Dr. Elspeth Slayter was awarded a grant from the Eurasia Foundation to consult with… Continue reading

My response to the National Council on Disability’s (wonderful) new report on parents with disabilities

Earlier this morning, the National Council on Disability (NCD) co-sponsored a congressional briefing on ensuring the rights of parents with disabilities. Co-sponsors included the American Psychological Association, the National Association of Social Workers and the… Continue reading

On transitional-aged youth: Of brain science and juvenile justice

This is the second post in a series exploring the social policy and human services needs of transitional-aged youth.  You can see the other two posts in this series by clicking here. As… Continue reading

On the “transitional-aged youth” concept

There is a growing consensus amongst youth services practitioners and scholars that the line between youth and adulthood is more demarcated than it might be when it comes to the way our social… Continue reading

Fostering alternative leadership skills among child protection workers

Presentation given at the Council on Social Work Research’s Annual Program Meeting…. Moving beyond supervisory leadership:  Fostering alternative leadership skills among child protection workers Mary Byrne, PhD, LICSW, Salem State University Carol Masshardt,… Continue reading

On "fear management" in child protection work with undocumented families

Interested in child welfare practice with non-citizen immigrant families?  Finding only a nascent literature base?  Well, you may be happy to hear that new work is coming out on the topic in 2012. … Continue reading

Suicidality in child protection settings: Implications for social work education

Calling all child welfare folks who may be attending CSWE this October 2011 in Atlanta – please attend our panel entitled “Suicidality in child protection settings: Implications for social work education.” This panel… Continue reading

Child welfare-involved youth with intellectual disabilities: Pathways into and placements in foster care

As I have worked to merge my interests in disability and child welfare, I have started to draw on data from the Adoption and Foster Care Reporting System (AFCARS).  Recently, I worked with… Continue reading

Foster youth with intellectual disabilities, permanency planning goals and case outcomes

Just gave a talk at the National Research Conference on Child and Family Programs and Policy on permanency planning and foster care outcomes for children with and without intellectual disabilities…someone snapped this photo, interesting… Continue reading

Qualitative research on child protection practice and child sexual exploitation

Over the past year, three graduate students from my applied research course (Ellen Calhoun, Melissa Geoffroy and Dominique Gutierrez) designed a qualitative research project to learn more about the experiences of child protection workers engaged… Continue reading