Reflections on Foster Youth and Education: Finding Common Ground

  • Tonya M. Glantz The Child Welfare Institute at Rhode Island College School of Social Work
  • Melinda Gushwa Rhode Island College School of Social Work

Abstract

It  was during the winter of 2010 that Tonya Glantz, Director of the Child Welfare Insititute, and Melinda Gushwa, assistant professor at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work, discovered their shared passion for supporting school success for students in foster care. Tonya Glantz shares The Education Collaboration Project (ECP), a model she developed for engaging participants from overlapping systems in a critical discussion and problem solving process. Melinda Gushwa shares reflections from more than two decades as a child welfare worker, forensic pediatric social worker, educator, and child welfare researcher.  Their joint interest led the duo to present a workshop, Bridging the Education-Child Welfare Communication Gap:  a Model for Cross-System Collaboration, at the 18th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect.  This narrative uses the practical and research experiences of its authors to explore the benefits of interprofessional curricula and interprofessional teams as resources for supporting child welfare and education professionals in the joint service to students in foster care.

Author Biographies

Tonya M. Glantz, The Child Welfare Institute at Rhode Island College School of Social Work

Tonya Glantz, MSW, PhD, is the Director of the Child Welfare Institute at the School of Social Work at Rhode Island College. Tonya has over 23 years of experience in child welfare.  Her research interests include cross-system collaboration between child welfare and other systems, fatherhood, and organizational  development.

Melinda Gushwa, Rhode Island College School of Social Work
Melinda Gushwa, PhD, an Assistant Professor at the Rhode Island College School of Social Work, has over 24 years of experience in public child welfare, mental health, and medical social work. Her research interests focus on child maltreatment and organizational issues in child welfare.
Published
2014-12-10