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Episode 259 - Dr. Annahita Ball, Dr. Elizabeth Bowen, and Dr. Annette Semanchin-Jones: Cross-Systems Collaboration: Examining the Perspectives and Experiences of Vulnerable Youth and Service Providers

Monday, March 11, 2019, 9:25:24 AM

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Cross-systems youth, or youth who experience homelessness, child welfare involvement, and educational difficulty, often suffer due to lack of continuity and stability in their school and home lives, as well as in service provision. These children are at risk for a number of negative outcomes, which are in part a reflection of the failure of multiple systems. In this episode, three members of the University at Buffalo School of Social Work faculty (Anna Ball, Betsy Bowen, and Annette Semanchin-Jones) engage in a discussion on cross-systems youth. They highlight their research involving the perspectives and experiences of youth and service providers in relation to multiple systems – education, child welfare, and housing and social services – and provide suggestions to improve and promote collaboration.

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Average Rating: 5stars  much needed research, Friday, April 05, 2019

By Karan :

Personally growing-up in the foster care system here in WNY area I’m overjoyed that negative outcomes experienced by this vulnerable population due to multiple systems failing is being addressed for improvements. Now as an adult new to my fifties it’s refreshing to see light being shed on major concerns that have been the vehicle that has led to negative outcomes for many I know. When an eight year old walks to the Ellicott Square Building on numerous occasions complaining to his case-worker about being molested and not even a house visit occurs that system is in dire need of repair. Many systems failed this boy. He barely went to school, when he attended he wasn’t clean despite multiple systems knowing he was a ward of the state. Eventually he was homeless before he was twelve years old and got lost in the school to prison pipeline. As sad as this case maybe it’s one of many I know from others that were in a neglectful foster care system.
Having this discussion is essential toward eliminating the possibilities of negative outcomes being experienced in systems meant to provide security and safety. Those fundamental problems need to get fixed. It’s imperative that (Anna Ball, Betsy Bowen, and Annette Semanchin-Jones) continue this important research even if it’s at one systems level at a time. I must admit growing up in the system I have no quick fix solutions however, I do thinking making sure competent social workers are in place that’s can hear and understand a child’s plea for help. Another help I think would be to provide support groups that focus solely on the children in the system and making sure their needs are being heard/met. There’s no reason that a child makes it from junior high to leaving high school with a pair of pants when there is a clothing allowance provided by the state. The mention of cross-system collaboration is a promising prospect that can hold individual systems accountable. Looking forward to future research.




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