Innovating in Child Welfare

Innovating in Child Welfare: Challenges and Opportunities
Presented by Dr. Victoria Kelly
This keynote is the story of a state’s journey from an overly safety-focused and fear-based system to one that instead could more fully embrace experimentation and innovation in practice. Reflections on the journey include discussion of the contextual realities of child welfare and the challenges of generating meaningful buy-in at all levels of the system. Also learn about several of the critical components such as building the case for change and an inspiring vision.

Dr. Victoria Kelly
Dr. Victoria Kelly is the Director of the Delaware Division of Family Services in the Department of Services for Children, Youth, and Families. Prior to this appointment, she served as the Deputy Director for the Division of Child Mental Health. Prior to public service, she served as the clinical director for several multi-service private agencies. Dr. Kelly has over 30 years of experience in child welfare and mental health as a clinician and program administrator. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and Masters in Health Administration from Widener University. She received her Masters in Social Work from Louisiana State University. Dr. Kelly has been an Adjunct Professor at the Institute for Clinical Psychology at Widener University. She is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant in trauma and attachment.


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