Preparing for Our Future Serving Families in the Community
For almost seventy years we believed that our most important job was to protect vulnerable children from their families. During those years, vulnerable children were removed from their homes and many of those children never returned to their families until they were eighteen.
We have since learned that children need the identity and the sense of belonging that comes from being a member of a family.  Going forward, vulnerable children won’t be removed from their families for long periods of time. The Families First Prevention Services Act ensures that.
Join us to explore how youth work will be changing over the next 5-10 years. This is one of a series of webinars that offers insight into what we know is coming and how to best prepare as the field moves to community-based, family-centered practice.
Tom Woll brings a wealth of experience and insight collected over the course of his many years as an organizational leader and consultant. His nationally recognized work with organizations and practitioners can help you make important decisions about your future as the field of practice moves forward.  
This webinar will:
  • Consider the ways our field is moving toward working more with families.
  • Help you understand what families want from service providers.
  • Familiarize you with the Seven Stages of Family Engagement.
  • Offer insight into how the Seven Stages might also apply to our work with youths.
The narrative of the entire presentation is included for downloading.
CYC Certification Competency Domain:
Developmental Practice Methods
 1 Class Hour 

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Tom Woll

Tom Woll was a leader in the Human Services field in Northeast Ohio for 38 years.  He was responsible for Behavioral Health Services for Catholic Charities for 25 years.  Then he undertook the challenge, on behalf of Catholic Charities, to oversee the merger of 21 Catholic Charities organizations and to work with them to form an integrated service delivery system for Northeast Ohio, covering 3,500 square miles.
He left his work with Catholic Charities in 2010 and established the Strategic Change Initiative.  Under the framework of this Initiative, Tom has worked to help Human Service organizations to successfully prepare for the future.  He has extensively interviewed public and nonprofit leaders, elected public officials, practitioners delivering services for us and youths and families receiving services from us from across the country to determine what we need to be doing to successfully prepare for the future.  Tom has assisted 120 organizations in the development of their Strategic Plans.
For the last six years Tom has also served as the facilitator for the various Transformation Projects that have been undertaken under the auspices of the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities.  In his work with the various Alliance Transformation Projects, Tom has assisted 65 organizations in their efforts to transform what they do and how they do what they do.  Tom is also a Board Member of ACYCP.