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Author Reading: From Pariahs to Partners: How Parents and Their Allies Changed New York City's Child Welfare System by David Tobis, Ph.D.
The number of children in foster care in New York City decreased from almost 50,000 in 1992 to fewer than 13,000 today as a result of parents whose children were in foster care organizing for the first time in history to bring about the changes!
Hear Dr. David Tobis share his wealth of information regarding changing child welfare systems for the good of children and their families.
David Tobis, Ph.D.,is currently a principal of Maestral International (MaestralintL.Com), and was the Executive Director of the Fund for Social Change. For more than three decades he has worked to reform child welfare in New York and the United States. Beginning in 1991 he worked as a consultant to UNICEF and the World Bank to prevent children, the disabled and the elderly from being placed in long-term residential institutions in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union. His monograph, published by the World Bank, Moving from Residental Institutions to Community-Bassed Services in Eastern Europe and the Former Soviet Union became the basis for the World Bank's strategy in the area. More recently he has worked with UNICEF and various foundations to strengthen child protection systems in Africa.
He was previously Director of Human Services for New York City Council President Carol Bellamy. He was a Fulbright scholar to Guatemala and a Revson Fellow at Columbia University. He graduated from Williams College and received a Ph.D. in sociology from Yale University.