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The New York Foundling & APSAC Webinar Series on Controversial Topics

Training Overview

APSAC and the New York Foundling are presenting webinar series on controversial topics. See below for more information and dates on each webinar.

Webinar Series

Online Sexual Abuse of Children and Youth

Presented by David Finkelhor, PhD. | Wednesday, February 14, 2024 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT/2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

This workshop will review recent research on the varieties of online abuse of children, and highlight misconceptions and stereotypes that inhibit effective practice and awareness. It will discuss prevention strategies, and put particular emphasis on the evidence-based track record of comprehensive prevention education. It will suggest better prevention messages and content and flag areas where additional work needs to be done in crafting effective responses. It will put Online abuse in the context of all the varieties of child victimization and draw out the implications.

“Just the Facts”: Best Practices for Minimal Facts Interviewing

Presented by Thomas Lyon, JD, Ph.D | Wednesday, March 27, 2024 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT/2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Complexities of Child Serious Injury and Death Investigations

Presented by Vincent J. Palusci, MD, MS and Leigh Bishop, JD | Thursday, May 9, 2024 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT/2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

This webinar is designed to train multidisciplinary professionals about the investigation of serious injuries and fatalities in infants and toddlers and how to integrate investigations with medical and forensic findings. Participants will learn how to collect and interpret key findings in order to reach appropriate case determinations – free of social bias – and with all disciplines conducting thorough investigations and communicating clearly with each other to achieve the most accurate and just results on behalf of the child and the offender.

Is Cannabis Legalization Really Impacting the Maltreatment of Children? The Highs and the Lows

Presented by Stacie LeBlanc, JD, MEd and Darrell Armstrong, Eds-MFT, MDiv, DDiv | Thursday, July 25, 2024 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT/2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Are Black and Hispanic Children Over-Reported, Over-Substantiated and Over-placed Compared to White Children? The Data Say “No” 

Presented by Brett Drake, PhD | Tuesday, September 10, 2024 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT/2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

Are Black and Hispanic children “overreported” to Child Protective Services (CPS)?  We present national data from CDC, the Census and the National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect.  We compare racial differences in child maltreatment reports to racial differences in a range of known risks (e.g. poverty) and outcomes (e.g. infant mortality).  We found that Black children are being reported to CPS at a rate lower than would be expected given their high exposure to risks and high levels of non-maltreatment negative outcomes.  Hispanic children are reported to CPS at a rate lower than their risk exposure would suggest, but similar to their rates of negative outcomes, such as infant mortality.  This is consistent with the well-known “Hispanic Paradox”.  We also used bivariate and multivariate statistics to determine if Black and Hispanic children are substantiated or placed more than White children once reported. There were only small differences by race/ethnicity.  In recent years, multivariate models show Black children are substantiated and placed slightly less often than Whites, while Hispanic children and White children are substantiated and placed at similar rates.

Why and How White Child Protection Advocates Must Talk to Black Parents About the Harms of Corporal Punishment?

Presented by Stacey Phatton, PhD | Tuesday, December 17, 2024 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CT/2:00 – 3:00 p.m. ET

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Cancellation/Refund Policy

No cancellation and no refunds. Registration is transferable. Requests for transfer to a future event will also be considered on a case-by-case basis.