From Child Welfare to Family Well-Being: April 7, 2011 Symposium

Held at the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Fellowships for social change: that is our motto and developing our fellowship program has been the primary focus of our first five years as a new foundation focused on improving the life outcomes of children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Yet we’ve also made it a priority to connect the unconnectable—for it is only collectively that we can safely reduce the number of children in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and improve their well-being. Furthermore, we must unite across systems, departments and agencies to serve them in the context of family and community needs.

This part of our site features our most recent effort to connect: From Child Welfare to Family Well-Being: A Symposium. It is part of our ongoing commitment to break down the silos that typically keep the diverse child- and youth-serving stakeholders in separate rooms, speaking different languages.

It is our hope that the symposium speakers will inspire all of you—those who attended and those visiting our site—to learn more and to find ways to join together to create change for our children.

Stoneleigh will continue to help build a bridge across the crocodile-filled moat that keeps you apart from others who want to help children and families. Share your ideas for how we can build that bridge and move from conversation to action.  Contact us at And, call the person who was sitting next to you on April 7 or check out our attendance list to see who else shares your passion.

Thank you for joining us in upholding Robert F. Kennedy's dream that "every child in this country live as we would want our own children to live."

Cathy M. Weiss
Executive Director, Stoneleigh Foundation


Symposium Overview

At our April 7 Symposium, William C. Bell, President and CEO of Casey Family Programs, shared his insights on what it takes to move public systems From Child Welfare to Family Well-Being.   View Dr. Bells' powerpoint presentation here: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3.

Dr. Bell's remarks were followed by a panel of speakers that included:


Symposium Resources

Download presentations, articles, and other materials distributed during the session:

NYC One City Report August 2007288.73 KB
Philadelphia's Progress at Protecting At-Risk Children50.71 KB
Cut Welfare, Aid Schools149.98 KB
Presentation: Shawn Salamida 329 KB
Casey Family Programs: Need For Federal Finance Reform731.58 KB
Casey Family Programs: Need For Title IV-E Waivers1.11 MB
Pennsylvania Partnerships for Children: Child Welfare Finance Reform in PA 2010180.79 KB
Florida Can't Track Child Welfare Contractors463.52 KB