Connecticut Department of Children and Families
May 14, 2013

Children Whose Parents Have Experienced Childhood Trauma: Challenges, Obligations, and Reasonable Ef

You can attend this forum in person or online through a live webcast.
Whether parents can overcome the problems that lead to abuse and neglect of their children is the essence of questions surrounding efforts to return children to their parents once legal custody of a child has been granted to the child welfare agency. Consistent with a legal and policy framework protecting parental rights in the United States, the threshold for separating a child from his or her parents is set high, and family reunification is the preferred permanency goal for most children who come into the child welfare system. Despite this policy preference, reunification rates are lower than desired and even when reunification does happen, some children experience subsequent placements.

In this forum, we will discuss findings from a Chapin Hall report in which researchers identified a subset of parents involved with the child welfare system who have extensive childhood trauma experiences and face multiple challenges or service needs. These findings have implications for caseworker engagement and service interventions, and they also raise fundamental questions about our obligation and approaches to working with parents, protecting children, and promoting well-being. This forum will also discuss changes to policies and practices in the child welfare, legal, and human services fields that may be necessary in order to improve the well-being of this group of children and their families.
  • Robert Harris, Cook County Public Guardian   
  • Jill Duerr Berrick, Zellerbach Family Foundation Professor, School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley 
  • Cheryl Smithgall, Acting Executive Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago


  • Ada Skyles, Associate Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago 
Please follow the link below to register to attend in person. You will be taken to a registration page.    
Attend in person in Chicago, IL
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. CDT
Gleacher Center
450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr.
Chicago, Illinois 60611

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For those who wish to view the live webcast, please follow the link below. You will be taken to an e-mail sign-up page. Instructions for viewing the webcast will be sent out via e-mail 72 hours in advance of the event.

The live webcast will also be available for viewing on the Chapin Hall website during the Child and Family Policy Forum.

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9 a.m. CDT | Program length: 1.5 hours
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Location: 450 N. Cityfront Plaza Dr., Chicago, Illinois 60611
This event is 764 miles from you (06106).

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