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Canadian Excellence

Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare

June 20-21, 2002

A conference that critically explores the diversity of international philosophies and practices of child and family welfare.

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International scholars, policy developers, and service providers share their experiences and ideas about positive systems of child and family welfare. Presenters reflect on practices in their own countries, considering the desirability and feasibility of such systems.

Research papers presented at the conference are available for download on the research publications page.

Keynote Speaker:

Rachel Hetherington, England 

"Learning from Difference: Comparing Child Welfare Systems"

Guest Speakers:

Gunvor Andersson, Sweden

"Child and Family Support in Sweden"

Cindy Blackstock & Marlyn Bennett, First Nations Canada

"Canada's Children: Canada's Future 2002"

Alain Grevot, France

"The Plight of Paternalism in French Child Welfare and Protection Policies and Practices"

Rachel Hetherington, England

"Promoting Change from 'Child Protection' to 'Child and Family Welfare': The Problems of the English System"

Catherine Love, New Zealand

"Maori Perspectives on Collaboration and Colonization in Contemporary Aotearoa/New Zealand Child and Family Welfare Policies and Practices"

Patricia Schene, USA

"Forming and Sustaining Partnerships"

Karen Swift & Marilyn Callahan, Canada

"Canadian Child Welfare: Potential for Partnerships" 

A. W. M. Veldkamp, Netherlands

"When One Door Shuts, Another One Opens! Turning Disadvantages into Opportunities"

Additional Workshop Presenters:

Mary Cassaro, Canada

Jocelyne Drocourt, France

Joan Glode, Mi'kmaw Canada

Frances Johnson, USA

Sharon Klyne, Hollow Water Canada

Mia Lamers, Netherlands

Gunilla Levin, Sweden

Tracey Nurse, England

Donna Smith, Hollow Water Canada