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Symposium, 11/15- Supporting Parents with Intellectual Disabilities in Child Welfare: Practice and Research Perspectives

Thursday, October 24, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019
8:45 AM – 12:15 PM
Westchester Institute for Human Development
20 Plaza West, Cedarwood Hall, Valhalla, NY

Children whose parents have intellectual disabilities are more likely to be placed in foster care, which is associated with long-term negative outcomes related to mental health, substance use, and education. What interventions can help parents with intellectual disabilities safely parent their children, keep families together, and encourage healthy child development?

This half-day symposium will highlight findings from a study of the Westchester County-based Project IMPACT, an intensive in-home training program for parents with intellectual disabilities who are at risk of child removal due to allegations of child maltreatment.

The event will also feature a panel of practitioners from the fields of social work, child welfare, psychology, and legal services, who will discuss the current child welfare landscape, implications for related fields (e.g. education and law), and effective and replicable interventions.


  • 8:45 – 9:14 AM Registration and light breakfast
  • 9:15 AM – 12:15 PM Presentation of Project IMPACT findings, panel, and conversation


  • Dr. Astraea Augsberger, MSW, Ph.D, Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Social Work
  • Dr. Wendy Zeitlin, MSW, Ph.D, Assistant Professor, Social Work and Child Advocacy, Montclair State University
  • Sarah Lorr, Assistant Professor of Clinical Law and Deputy Director of the Disability and Civil Rights Clinic at Brooklyn Law School
  • Dr. Trupti Rao, Psy.D., Psychologist, Program Manager, Project IMPACT, Westchester Institute for Human Development
  • Ari Chiarella, Social Work Supervisor and Co-Director of the Queens practice at the Center for Family Representation
  • The Honorable Carol S. Klein, Orange County Family Court, 9th Judicial District
  • Danielle Weisberg, LCSW, Director of Child Welfare Services, Director of Children’s Advocacy Center (moderator)

This symposium is a collaboration between BUSSW’s Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health, Westchester Institute for Human Development, and Montclair State University Department of Social Work and Child Advocacy.