April 2012 Newsletter

 

 

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 April 2, 2012

FELLOWS' UPDATES

Gregg Volz speaks at University of Pennsylvania Law School Symposium

Stoneleigh fellow Gregg Volz was invited to speak at the 2012 Edward V. Sparer Symposium hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Law School on March 16th. In preparation for this event, Volz and his co-authors wrote Youth Courts: Lawyers Helping Students Make Better Decisions, which was published in the University’s Journal of Law and Social Change.

Leslie Acoca and the National Girls Health and Justice Institute launch the Girls Health Screen in Albuquerque, New Mexico

In January, the City of Albuquerque adopted the Girls Health Screen, created and validated by Stoneleigh fellow Leslie Acoca, as the standard medical intake for girls entering the Albuquerque Detention Center.

Dr. David Rubin speaks at SAMHSA-hosted webinar on Psychotropic Medication and Child Welfare

Stoneleigh fellow David Rubin was invited to speak in the first of a series of national webinars convened by Commissioner Bryan Samuels of the federal Administration on Children, Youth and Families to discuss the topic of "Mental Health, Psychotropic Use, and Evidence-Based Interventions".

Kathleen Creamer invited to testify at State hearing on children of incarcerated parents on March 30th

Stoneleigh fellow Kathleen Creamer testified on the Joint State Government Commission's report on children of incarcerated parents at a hearing held by State Rep. Cherelle L. Parker and the House Democratic Policy Committee.
To see the full report

STONELEIGH IN THE NEWS

Dr. Theodore Corbin's 'Healing Hurt People' program featured in Philly.com

Stoneleigh fellow Ted Corbin's Healing Hurt People program was praised in an article by Philly.com, calling it "an innovative, evidence-based, cost-effective strategy... that works."

Kathleen Creamer in the Philadelphia Inquirer,  'Helping Children of Jailed Parents'

See fellow Kathleen Creamer’s and  Ann Schwartzman’s, Policy Director for the Pennsylvania Prison Society, opinion piece in the Philadelphia Inquirer, calling for the establishment of a permanent state commission to address the challenges that confront children with incarcerated parents. This was written following a press conference with Laura Kaeppeler, Miss America 2012, and several elected officials announcing the release of the Joint Legislative Commission's report on the issue.

Cathy Weiss blogs on Governor Tom Corbett's decision to defund the Chester Upland School District.

Cathy Weiss calls on Governor Corbett to invest in our children's future by properly funding schools in The Philadelphia Public School Notebook blog.

Liza Rodriguez writes about policies that tear apart immigrant families

Program Officer Liza Rodriguez comments on the effects of immigrant deportation policies on the children left behind.

OTHER NEWS

Stoneleigh supported research on youth involved in multiple government systems will be shared with the public on May 8, 2012.

Dennis Culhane, the Dana and Andrew Stone Professor of Social Policy at the University of Pennsylvania, will present his Stoneleigh-supported research and analysis on youth who are served by multiple public systems on May 8th as part of the Albert M. Greenfield Memorial Lecture at the Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania.

STAY TUNED

Stoneleigh Foundation to unveil blog on April 16th

As part of our ongoing commitment to inform and infuse public discussions with learnings from our work, Stoneleigh Foundation is excited to announce that our blog will go live on April 16th. Stoneleigh's blog will be a community-oriented site with posts from fellows, staff and friends!

 

Stoneleigh Foundation Names New Senior Fellows for 2012

We are happy to welcome two new Senior Fellows who will continue Stoneleigh's mission to improve the life outcomes of vulnerable children.

The new Senior Fellows are:

Dr. Rufus Sylvester LynchRufus Sylvester Lynch, PhD

Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research

Project: The Integration of Responsible Fatherhood within Foster Care Service Delivery
 
Dr. Rufus Sylvester Lynch is motivated by the fact that for a variety of reasons, too many children are growing up without the emotional and financial support of both parents. According to the Annie E. Casey Kids Count (2011), 34% of all American households are headed by a single parent, affecting some 25 million children. The most recent census reflects that only 15% of these are headed by a father. The “father-absent” factor in the lives of children leads to greater poverty, drop-out rates, instances of neglect and abuse, and juvenile justice and foster care system involvement.
 
Dr. Lynch’s fellowship will explore and address some of the barriers to fathers’ involvement with children. Working with some two dozen foster care provider agencies and responsible fatherhood service providers, he will administer father-friendly agency assessments, training and practice revisions, and enhance the integration of fatherhood programming into foster care service delivery. Dr. Lynch’s main partner is the Bryn Mawr College, Graduate School of Social Work and Social Research; however, he has active support from the Regional Office of the Department of Health and Human Services, the City Department of Human Services and the state chapter of the National Association of Social Workers. The overarching goal of the fellowship is to improve well-being outcomes for children in Philadelphia and across the nation by creating a model for integrating responsible fatherhood programming into the child welfare system.

 
Dr. Lisa M JonesLisa M. Jones, PhD

Crimes Against Children Research Center, University of New Hampshire

Project: Integrating Web-based Technology with Evidence-based Bullying Prevention Education

Dr. Lisa M. Jones’ fellowship is based on the fact that bullying is a major public health issue for youth across the United States. The effects of bullying are significant and affect large numbers of children. Longitudinal research has identified causal links between bullying and poor school adjustment, behavior problems, drug and alcohol use, delinquency, and mental and physical health problems. Victims are at increased risk for depression, additional victimization and trauma symptoms and both victims and perpetrators report higher rates of suicidal ideation, academic problems, and absenteeism. Regrettably, bullying and its negative consequences are a particular problem for vulnerable youth. Youth with abuse histories and those exposed to domestic and community violence report higher rates of bullying behavior and victimization than other youth.
 
Unfortunately, evidenced-based bullying prevention programs are expensive and school districts and community centers have not had the means to fully utilize proven programs. Furthermore, while the field has already generated a number of computer-based bullying resources, they have not been based on proven prevention principles and have not incorporated sound evaluation procedures.
 
Dr. Jones, a research associate professor of psychology at the Crimes against Children Research Center (CCRC), University of New Hampshire, proposes to integrate evidence‐based approaches to bullying prevention and intervention with cost‐effective technology tools and implementation methods; develop and test a product; and secure funding for scalable expansion and evaluation. Dr. Jones will be working closely with the Committee for Children, the developer of one of the few evidenced-based bullying prevention programs, and the Field Center for Children’s Policy and Practice. Additionally, she has the active support of high profile media/technology partners. Her goal is to build on strategies that work and develop new technology tools to make these strategies accessible and low cost for schools and community organizations.

2012 Stoneleigh Foundation Symposium

To reach our goal of improving the well-being of vulnerable children, Stoneleigh strives to connect the unconnectable. By working alongside and inside government, we try to build bridges across systems, departments, agencies and communities in order to serve these children in the context of family and community needs. Given the concerning degree of violence and homicides that Philadelphia and our youth in particular are experiencing, we have determined that right now, there are no more vulnerable youth than children who do not feel safe in school or walking on their block. Thus, we will be convening a community conversation around violence reduction.

On May 16, we will be hosting a symposium featuring Lorene Cary, author and School Reform Commission member leading the development of a safety strategy for the Philadelphia School District. Her remarks will be followed by:

  • Charles Ramsey, Police Commissioner 
  • Dr. Ted Corbin, Stoneleigh Fellow
  • Jamira Burley, National Coordinator of the Student Peace Alliance
  • Lucas Rivera, Executive Director of AMLA

We hope this conversation will inspire and inform a broad and diverse cross-section of stakeholders about ways they can join together to create change for our children. As Dr. Corbin reminds us, “Our children are dying and we can stop it.” 

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