Innovative Work Keeping Children & Families Together

Wisconsin’s Association Of Family & Children Agencies (WAFCA) - Innovative Work Keeping Children & Families Together

About this Webinar

During this interactive session, attendees will learn how provider agencies throughout Wisconsin have coordinated with WAFCA to keep children in-state while meeting complex treatment needs. States throughout the country are struggling to keep children/youth from having to be treated out-of-state. Emily Coddington-Associate Director of WAFCA- will detail how their Resource Connection Sessions pilot is responding to rising numbers of out-of-state placements, as well managing the destabilizing effects of the pandemic on the workforce.

Your Host

Kenneth McGill, EdS LMFT

Solution-Focused Care Senior Scientist at Opeeka

Kenneth McGill spent the last 12 years at Rutgers University Behavioral Health Care serving as the statewide trainer on Wraparound, the fundamental evidence-based practice offered throughout the New Jersey Children’s System of Care (CSOC), and the Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) curriculum. Ken was the 2013 recipient of the Praed Foundation’s Outcomes Champion (CANS) Award for his work in children’s systems of care and outcomes management. He has more than 20 years of experience in marriage and family therapy, education and research and is currently serving as President of the New Jersey Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (NJAMFT). Ken received his Education Specialist degree in marriage and family therapy from and his Master’s in Education from Seton Hall University.


Emily Coddington

Emily Coddington

Associate Director, Wisconsin Association of Family & Children Agencies (WAFCA)

Emily joined WAFCA in 2019 following 20 years of child welfare experience, including direct service, supervisory, and management roles. Prior to joining WAFCA, Emily served as a Section Chief with the Department of Children and Families – first, with the Child Welfare Licensing Section and then with the Bureau of Youth Services. Emily also spent many years in the non-profit sector and began her career in Child Protective Services. Emily’s career has focused on supporting and advocating for children, youth, caregivers and parents, as well as those connected to the county, tribe, state, and non-profit workforce. Emily is passionate about improving systems of care, so children and families have what they need to safely live their best lives. Specific areas of interest include out-of-home care, licensing and regulation, systems change, and leadership.

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