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Understanding DCF and the Child Welfare Lens: For Professionals in the Community

  • Boston Medical Center 801 Mass Ave., 2nd Floor Boston, MA 02118 United States (map)

Presenters: Janis Lynch, LCSW has over 35 years experience in child welfare and has worked for the Department of Children and Families since 1978 as a Practice Coach for the Boston Region through the Massachusetts Child Welfare Institute. 

Dino Martone, LICSW, LADC II, CADC, has 25 years’ experience in the Substance Abuse Field and is currently the Statewide Substance Abuse Coordinator for DCF and has worked in child welfare for the past 10 years. 

Sharita Fauche, LSWA, earned a BS in psychology from Northeastern University. She has worked as the Boston Region Substance Abuse Coordinator for the Department of Children and Families since April 2014.  

Michelle Mason is a retired DCF manager with 37 years’ experience in Child Welfare. For the past three years Michelle has served as DCF’s MCWI Practice Coach for the Southern Region. 

Gretchen Medina, J.D., LSW, is a social worker with the Department of Children and Families working as an Adolescent Social Worker with the Dimock Street Area Office since 2007. 

DescriptionThis will be a full-day training. Through use of case studies and didactic methods, participants will receive a basic comprehension of the child welfare lens and how the Department of Children and Families works. Topics to be covered will include: Mandated Reporter 51-A training, Substance Use Disorders and Child Welfare, Case Presentations: Samples for Community Providers, Protective Factors, and Confidentiality, Communication, and Collaboration. Topics covered will assist those with a beginner to moderate level of expertise regarding prior experience working with DCF.

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