The DHS system (Child Welfare and Self-Sufficiency) system can be overwhelming and frightening for survivors. It can also be confusing for community partners, including co-located advocates. This advanced level, two-part workshop will help participants understand how child protective services works and how to navigate application processes for Self-Sufficiency domestic violence help. There will be lecture as well as group activities to enhance systems advocacy or consultation skills.
The initial intervention of the Child Protective Worker will be covered. An overview of the application process and utilization of the Temporary Assistance for Domestic Violence Survivors Grant will be covered. Topics of focus in Part I will include screening, protective actions and assessment. Part II will include application process, accessing benefits, and navigating the TA-DVS program. This workshop will also include tools from the Safe & Together model and small group case review focused on how to do systems advocacy or consultation within Child Welfare.
• Better understanding of how Child Welfare (CW) and Self Sufficiency work
• Tools for improving systems advocacy or consultation in CW based on the Safe & Together Model
• Awareness of the ‘Working Together’ manual
• More effective advocacy for survivors in DHS