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Advancing Equity in Child Welfare

Join us for a transformative experience at the Advancing Equity in Child Welfare Conference!

Event Details:

Tuesday, July 30, 2024 – Starting at 8 am
Rhode Island College, Gaige Hall

Registration fee: $25
Includes coffee and light breakfast. CEU’s are being applied for from RI NASW.

About the Conference

Join us for a transformative experience at the “Advancing Equity in Child Welfare” conference, where we will gather leaders, professionals, and advocates dedicated to creating a more equitable future for children in the welfare system. Have questions? Contact Kinzel Thomas, Vice President of Equity and Community Development.

Don’t miss your chance to participate in insightful discussions with a diverse panel of professionals, policymakers, and community advocates, delving into the multifaceted dimensions of equity within the child welfare system. If you would like to attend this conference but face a financial barrier, please contact Olivia DeManche.

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Keynote Speaker

We are thrilled to announce our distinguished keynote speaker, Dr. Ernestine Briggs-King, an esteemed authority in the field of child psychology, trauma, and welfare. With a wealth of experience and expertise, Dr. Briggs-King is renowned for her groundbreaking work in advancing equity and inclusivity in child mental health and well-being. Her keynote address and panel discussion promises to inspire and challenge our perspectives, offering valuable insights into the critical role of equity in shaping the future of child welfare.

About Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD

Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD, is a licensed psychologist with over 30 years of experience in the fields of child maltreatment and child traumatic stress. Over the last 24 years she has had multiple roles at the Center for Child and Family Health (Director of Research) and  Duke University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Associate Professor, Associate Director of DEI and Network Relations for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress). She recently transitioned to a position at Kennedy Krieger Institute as the Vice President of Community and Family Interventions. he is a clinical/community psychologist with a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

As part of her current work, she is involved in the implementation, dissemination, and evaluation of evidence-based practices aimed at reducing the sequelae associated with maltreatment and child traumatic stress. Dr. Briggs-King is also a co-investigator on several multisite, longitudinal studies examining the developmental and psychosocial impact of trauma and violence. She also has expertise in the area of cultural, gender, community, and systemic issues. She is a clinical/community psychologist with a doctorate from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Ernestine Briggs-King, PhD

Our Panelist

Dr. Mary J. Archibald, Professor at Rhode Island College School of Social Work

Ashley Deckert, Director at RI Department of Children Youth and Families

Patricia Martinez, Chief Equity & Empowerment Officer, Central Falls School District

Katlyn Medeiros, Esq., Child Advocate for the Office of the Child Advocate

Dr. Larome Myrick, ED of Juvenile Justice RI Department of Children Youth and Families

Kinzel Thomas, LCSW, Vice President of Equity & Community Development at Family Service of Rhode Island

Makeba Hardy-Thomas, Vice President Bank of America

Hon. Shilpa Naik, Associate Justice of the Rhode Island Family Court

Become a Sponsor

  • 2 event tickets
  • Logo/recognition on the website
  • 2 seats at pre-event introduction dinner
  • 2 seats at post-event strategy luncheon
  • 2 event tickets
  • Logo/recognition on the website
  • 2 seats at post-event strategy luncheon 
  • 2 event tickets
  • Logo/recognition on the website
  • 1 seats at post-event strategy luncheon

Contact Us

Maggie Slane
VP of Advancement
slanema@familyserviceri.org

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Venue Information

Rhode Island College – Gaige Hall
600 Mount Pleasant Ave,
Providence, RI 02908

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