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.
Panel 8: Bringing it Back to Making Extended Care Work
Commissioner Carrión is the reform-minded leader of New York City’s Administration for Children’s Services. She is a nationally-recognized advocate for improving the lives of children and families. As an attorney, she built a reputation for pushing the boundaries to develop and implement policies and programs that were evidence-based. She has repeatedly gone against special interest groups to transform New York State’s public children’s systems of care to improve child well-being in New York State.
Trudy Festinger, DSW
Trudy is a Professor of Social Work at the NYU Silver School of Social Work. She has been a professor for over 40 years, and is internationally recognized for her pioneering book, No One Ever Asked Us: A Postscript to Foster Care. Her child welfare research, starting in the 1970’s, has focused on 1) various aspects of the adoption of abused and neglected children, 2) various aspects of foster care of children, and 3) most recently on caseworker experience and measurement issues with respect to emotional abuse.