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Opening Plenary

Mark Courtney, PhD
Mark Courtney

Mark is a Professor in the School of Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago. His fields of special interest are child welfare policy and services, the connection between child welfare services and other institutions serving vulnerable populations, and the professionalization of social work. His current work includes studies of the adult functioning of former foster children, experimental evaluation of independent living services for foster youth, and the influence of juvenile courts on the operation of the child welfare system. Professor Courtney is a Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare and the Society for Social Work and Research. He received the 2015 Society for Social Work and Research Distinguished Career Achievement Award and the 2010 Peter W. Forsythe Award for leadership in public child welfare from the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators.