Meeting Archive:
Developing an Adoption Competent Network of Providers

Meeting Description:
Pediatric health providers, teachers, and social service professionals play a critical role in the lives of families who have adopted. Once an adoption has been finalized, these professionals typically have more frequent contact with adoptive families than child welfare professionals. Consequently, families look to these professionals for guidance, insight and support. In light of this, it is critical for these professionals to have familiarity with adoption. This presentation will include a panel of medical, educational and child welfare professionals who will discuss how to create a network of adoption competent providers.  Specific information will be provided on how to engage pediatric health providers and teachers in a manner that helps them to become more adoption competent.
Date: Wed, Sep 26, 2018
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption/Guardianship Support and Preservation
 Presenter Information
Veenod L. Chulani, MD, MSEd, FSAHM, CEDS
Dr. Chulani is Section Chief of Adolescent Medicine at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and Associate Professor of Pediatrics in the University of Arizona-Phoenix Department of Child Health. He completed his pediatric residency training at Maimonides Medical Center, Brooklyn, New York, and clinical and research fellowships in Adolescent Medicine at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.  He obtained a Masters in Medical Education from the University of Southern California – Keck School of Medicine and maintains a strong interest in medical education. He has been an active participant in local, regional, and national initiatives to improve health care service delivery and positive outcomes for children and youth in the child welfare system and is a member of the Professional Consortium of the National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption/Guardianship Support and Preservation.

Heather T. Forbes, LCSW
Heather T. Forbes, LCSW, is the owner of the Beyond Consequences Institute and the co-­‐founder of the Codega Foundation. Forbes has worked in the field of trauma and healing since 1999.  She is an internationally published author on the topics of raising children with difficult and severe behaviors, the impact of trauma on the developing child, adoptive motherhood, and self-­‐development.  Additionally, Forbes has a heart for children in the classroom and for finding ways to teach the child that seems “unteachable.”  Her signature style is to bridge the gap between scientific research and real-­‐life application to equip parents, educators, and therapists with practical and effective tools.  Much of her experience and insight on understanding trauma, disruptive behaviors, and adoption-­‐related issues comes from her direct mothering experience of her two adopted children.

John Webb, QIC-AG Site Implementation Manage, New Jersey
John Webb is the Site Implementation Manager for the New Jersey Department of Children and Families' (DCF), QIC-AG project . John recently coordinated New Jersey’s implementation of a randomized control trial designed to improve relational and legal permanency for youth legally free for eighteen months or longer without an identified home, titled NJ CARES.  During John’s years with DCF, he has worked with youth in a number of capacities including direct service roles as a Child Specific Recruiter, Adoption Specialist, and Adolescent Caseworker.

Barbara Joyal, QIC-AG Site Coordinator, Vermont
Barbara Joyal is the System of Care Unit Director for the Vermont Department for Children and Families.