OFA Webinar: Strengthening the Safety Net for Survivors Through Collaboration
A virtual roundtable was held on November 30, 2017 from 1:00-5:00 p.m. EST, co-presented by the Office of Family Assistance, the Office of Child Support Enforcement, and the Family and Youth Services Bureau. Via plenaries and breakout sessions, the roundtable defined family violence, explained good cause, and highlighted examples of excellence across the nation.
The Opening Plenary Session was titled, "Family Violence and Accessing and Applying for Public Benefits and Work Supports: Challenges and Solutions," and was led by Dr. Janet Mickish, Lead Trainer and Manager of Staff Development, Colorado Department of Human Services and Krista Del Gallo, Public Policy Manager, Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV).
The Plenary was followed by 4 breakout sessions to include:
- Breakout Session #1: Discussion Around Building Good Relationships with DV Coalitions and Programs
- Breakout Session #2: Promoting Disclosure and Safety for Victims Accessing Child Support
- Breakout Session #3: Establishing Good Cause
- Breakout Session #4: Family Violence with Native American Populations
The roundtable closed with a plenary titled, "State and Local TANF/Child Support Programs of Excellence," led by Meghan McCann, National Conference of State Legislatures; Amber Harchuk, Temporary Assistance to Domestic Violence Survivor’s (TA-DVS) Policy Analyst and DHS Domestic Violence Co-Located Advocates Program Coordinator; Belit Burke, Self-Sufficiency Program Administrator, Oregon Department of Human Services; and Traci Underwood, Program Coordinator, Economic Justice Project, Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence.