APSAC Participates in Historic Events in Russia

The Third Russian–American Child Welfare Forum

Third Russian ForumAPSAC co-sponsored the Third Russian–American Child Welfare Forum in Khanty-Mansiysk, Russia, on September 22–24, 2013. The Forum was hosted by the government of the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Region, the Russian National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, and the Institute for Human Services (Ohio). The Forum highlighted best child welfare practices in both the United States and Russia, and featured master classes by the U.S. delegation, composed of APSAC Board members and professionals from the Institute of for Human Services and the University of Minnesota School of Social Work.

Participants continued discussions begun at the first forum in Ulan Ude, Russia, in 2011 and the second Forum in Chicago in 2012. Attendees shared insights and expertise to further develop child welfare policy and practice. APSAC President Viola Vaughan-Eden joined IHS Director Ronald Hughes, APSAC Board member Vincent Palusci, Russian Children’s Rights Commissioner Pavel Astakhov, Governor Natalya Komarova, NFPCC President Alexander Spivak, and other Russian officials in discussions at the Government House of Khanty-Mansiysk.

Plenaries focused on topics that included child abuse prevention, protecting vulnerable children, rehabilitation after abuse, and support strategies for families and children. Parallel workshops included platform presentations about modern systems for the protection of children, innovative technologies and practices, work with children suffering from violence, the role of foster families in rehabilitating children, and the prevention of abuse in residential care institutions.

Master classes led by the U.S. delegation included the following:

  • Understanding the effects of trauma on children in the child welfare system (Kelley Gruber and Ruby Johnston);
  • Understanding child sexual abuse (Sally Dine Fitch);
  • The role and responsibility of medical professionals in preventing, identifying, and evaluating child abuse and neglect (Arne Graff and Vincent Palusci);
  • Forensic interviewing in child maltreatment, including collaboration between social work and law enforcement (Viola Vaughan-Eden and William Marshall);
  • Preventing abuse, placement disruption, and re-institutionalization (Elizabeth Smalley and Traci LaLiberte);
  • Case management in child protection, focusing on interdisciplinary collaboration to meet the needs of children and families (Judith Rycus and Nan Beeler).

Select this link to read APSAC President Viola Vaughan-Eden's Opening Plenary welcome.

Second Russian-American Child Welfare Forum (RAF) Report

Presentations at forum.The Second Russian-American Child Welfare Forum (RAF) was held in Chicago, Illinois on the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan June 27-30, 2012 in conjunction with 25th Anniversary celebration of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.   During APSAC’s 20th Annual Colloquium, several events were held to honor the continued collaboration between Russian and American Child Welfare officials and NGO’s.  The Forum was a joint effort between APSAC, the National Foundation for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the United States Department of Justice, and the Children’s Rights Commissioner for the President of the Russian Federation.  

The Second RAF was designed to follow-up on the working relationship established August 1-6, 2011 at the First Russian-American Child Welfare Forum held at Lake Baikal in the beautiful Republic of Buryatia, Russia. This Forum was initiated by Russian specialists working as part of the Child Protection Sub-Group under Presidents Obama and Medvedev’s Bilateral Presidential Commission’s Civil Society Working Group.  APSAC’s President Emeritus Ron Hughes participated with the Civil Society Working Group, which began in 2010.

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First Russian-American Child Welfare Forum (RAF) Report

A joint venture between the Administration of the President of the Russian Federation; The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC); The Institute for Human Services (IHS); The United States Department of Justice (DOJ); the National Foundation for Prevention of Cruelty to Children in Russia (NFPCC); and the Republic of Buryatia resulted in the First Russian-American Child Welfare Forum being held at Ulan-Ude and Lake Baikal in the Republic of Buryatia Aug. 1-6, 2011.

The initiative was a result of discussions conducted by President Obama and President Medvedev’s Bilateral Commission’s Civil Society Subcommittee on Child Protection. APSAC, IHS, and DOJ contingent consisted of 16 members along with other organizations who provided consultation with a panel of Russian officials and child welfare professionals on a variety of issues critical to improving Russia’s child welfare system.

Over 150 Russian government and Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) officials attended the First Russian American Child Welfare Forum. The Forum is designed to be an annual event pairing local child welfare service providers with leading Russian and American specialists to tackle the most serious issues facing the child protection and welfare field today. The goal is to further the development of Russian-American dialogue and partnership in resolving pressing national and international child protection-related issues.

Crowds at Russian ForumAdditional information is available at www.racwf.org.

The American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children is the leading national organization supporting professionals who serve children and families affected by child maltreatment and violence. As a multidisciplinary group of professions, APSAC achieves its mission in a number of ways, most notably through expert training and educational activities, policy leadership and collaboration, and consultation that emphasizes theoretically sound, evidence-based principles. APSAC envisions a world where all maltreated or at-risk children and their families have access to the highest level of professional commitment and service.

For more information on APSAC, visit www.apsac.org. Or, contact APSAC, 350 Poplar Avenue, Elmhurst, IL 60126. Phone toll-free 877.402.7722. E-mail apsac@apsac.org.

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A complete article describing the event and APSAC participation in details is available in the Summer 2011 issue of the APSAC Advisor and the online library.

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