2018 Silent Victims Conference Materials

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Provided by Diane B. Kunz

Selected Resources for Information on Foster Care

  1.  The Child Welfare Gateway is an internet portal created by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  It provides information on such topics as family foster care, treatment foster care and achieving a continuum of care.
  2.  This link provides information on “Other planned permanent living arrangement (OPPLA), also known as another planned permanent living arrangement (APPLA), is a term created by the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997 to replace the term "long-term foster care."”
  3.  State by State analysis of OPPLA/APPLA.
  4.  Information on the Adoption and Safe Families Act of 1997.
  5.  Summary of the Families First Prevention Services Act, signed into law in February 2018.
  6.   Open access course on Child Welfare.  See included summary.
  7.  DeLeith Gossett, “The Client:  How States are Profiting from the Child’s Right to Protection, University of Mephis Law Revies, Vol. 48, No. 753, 2018.

EDx Web Course:  Creating a Child Welfare System.  Professor Richard Gelles’ course provides an excellent foundation for our Conference.  The course is free to take and costs $29 to receive verification.  The link for the course is:

Professor Gelles describes the course as follows:

Child Welfare Policy is not rocket science - it is harder! Join Dr. Richard Gelles, the Joanne and Raymond Welsh Chair of Child Welfare and Family Violence at the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy & Practice and Faculty Director of the Field Center for Children’s Policy, Practice & Research, for this six-week course which looks at each step in the child welfare policy process. 

The course will begin with the legal basis for child protection at the state and federal levels. Learners will meet decision-makers and practitioners: social workers, attorneys, judges, policymakers, and politicians - all of whom have an impact on the United States ever-changing system of child protection. Through video interviews, you’ll learn about the key roles in this complex system. 

This course will challenge learners to consider: who is the client - the child or the parent? Learners will be presented many points of view, both in the course content and from peers. Learners will also have the opportunity to reflect on policies in their specific locations, distill the challenges and opportunities the child welfare system faces, and develop strategies to advocate for change within the child welfare system. 

This course is more than a professional learning experience; it is a chance to join fellow learners from around the country and the world to understand just how complicated Child Welfare Policy is and consider solutions to make it better. 

Learners who are licensed social workers and choose to complete all the requirements for the edX verified certificate will be able to receive CEU credits for licensure renewal. This program is Approved by the National Association of Social Workers (Approval # 886783063-5807) for 4 continuing education contact hours. For more information please visit OpenSP2: Social Work Continuing Education Credit Programs.

Provided by Prudence Beidler Carr

Immigrants in the Child Welfare System Case Studies produced by the ABA center on Children and Law

Provided by Jordan Woods

Conference PowerPoint Slides

Religious Exemptions and LGBTQ Child Welfare

Bianca Wilson, et al., Sexual and Gender Minority Youth in Foster Care: Assessing Disproportionality and Disparities in Los Angeles, The Williams Institute (Aug. 2014),

Movement Advancement Project, et al., Kids Pay the Price: How Religious Exemptions for Child Welfare Agencies Harm Children (Sept. 2017),

Provided by Evette Horton

Conference PowerPoint Slides

Provided by Andrew Guernsey

S.2522 - Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018

Child Citizenship Act of 2000 (Public Law 106-395, 8 U.S.C. §§ 1431-33, 114 Stat. 1631)

Immigration and Nationality Act Sec. 320 – Conditions for Automatic Citizenship

Immigration and Nationality Act Sec. 101(b)(E), (F), and (G) – Definition of an Adopted Child

Senators Blunt, Hirono and Representatives Adam Smith, Chris Smith Introduce Adoptee Citizenship Act of 2018, March 8, 2018,

Historical Chart of Derivative Citizenship for Children of U.S. Citizens, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, June 2017,

Anne Martin-Montgomery, Kurt Cappelli, Lucy Demitrack, Diane Kunz, C.J. Lyford, Michael Mullen, Margie Perscheid, Christina Sharkey, Abby Spector, Adoptee Rights Campaign, “Adoptees Without Citizenship National and State-by-State Estimates”, March 2018

Choe Sang-Hun, “Deportation a ‘Death Sentence’ to Adoptees After a Lifetime in the U.S.”,New York Times, July 2, 2017

Daniel A. Medina, “Adopted and Undocumented: He Grew Up Thinking He Was American — Until He Was Deported”, The Intercept, August 12, 2018,

Provided by Johanna Greeson

Conference PowerPoint Slides

Provided by Seth A.  Grob

Outline for Presenation

Sample Subisdy Lette

Provided by Sean Hughes and Angie Schwartz

FFPSA Expections, Limitations and Reality