November 17, 2020
Creating the conditions in which families and communities can thrive means keeping families together and reimagining what support looks like, how harm and accountability are understood and addressed, and who should be leading the way forward.
Black communities, communities of color, and those living in poverty are overrepresented in many systems, including the foster system, that claim to support and protect.
Watch a recording of the second webinar in our Spotlight on the Foster System series, held on November 14, 2020. Please note that an important correction is now reflected in the slides, which are available here. Refer to slide 8 for more information.
Founder and Project Director of Black on Both Sides
A seasoned and nationally recognized youth development specialist, Tolliver grew up in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. She is a foster mother, writer, and spoken word artist, and former director of one of the largest and oldest organizing groups in Chicago, Southwest Youth Collaborative. In over thirteen years in the field of Youth Development, she has worked on campaigns on a broad range of issues, including fair housing, labor rights, school reform, prison reform, and LGBT youth rights.
Director Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law
Professor Fallon Speaker is a Feminist, Reproductive Justice Transformer, Social Justice Leader and Movement Lawyer. She currently serves as an Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and the Director of The Jeanette Lipman Family Law Clinic at The University of Richmond School of Law where she teaches students in a holistic legal clinic dedicated to working with communities affected by child welfare and dependency proceedings in Richmond, Virginia. Prior to joining the law school faculty, Professor Speaker served as a Staff Attorney and Team Leader in the Family Defense Practice at The Bronx Defenders where she represented parents in child protective proceedings who were accused of abuse or neglect. She also served as an Adjunct Professor at Cardozo School of Law and the Director of the Mainzer Family Defense Clinic, where she taught and supervised students in child protective hearings. During her time at The Bronx Defenders, Professor Speaker became very active in policy, lobbying, community organizing, and movement lawyering. She played in integral role in coalition building and creating legislation to reform the child welfare system and state central registry. Professor Speaker received her undergraduate and Juris Doctorate degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Shrounda Selivanoff, BAS,
Director of Public Policy, Children’s Home Society of Washington
Shrounda Selivanoff is a passionate advocate for child welfare involved families driven by her own experience in child welfare system navigation. She brings a birth parent’s perspective to inform policy, practice, and system reform and is dedicated to transforming the system to serve families’ needs equitably. Shrounda has extensive work experience with the King County Parents for Parents Program, Washington State Office of Public Defense’s Parent Representation Program, and other programs such as the Perinatal Treatment Services and the University of Washington Fetal Alcohol Drug Unit, Parent-Child Assistance Program. Currently, Shrounda is the director of Public Policy for Children’s Home Society of Washington. She is also a member of the Washington State Parent Ally Committee, a founding member of the Birth Parent National Network, a committee member of the Washington State Racial Disproportionality Advisory Committee, Executive Board member of Family Treatment Court of King County, and a Parent Stakeholder Representative of the Department of Children, Youth and Families Oversight Board.
MSW student, University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work
Elena Gormley is a writer, organizer, troublemaker, and MSW student at the University of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work, graduating in Spring 2021. Elena is the current Social Work Intern at Chicago Workers Collaborative, and previously interned at the Dina and Eli Field Ezra Multi-Services Center as their Health and Nutrition Services Social Work Intern. Prior to attending UIC, she worked in a variety of youth development and after-school programs, including the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Grand Rapids, and the YMCA of Greater Grand Rapids LOOP program, and fought for dignity, respect, and permanent protections for all 12 million undocumented immigrants in the United States with Movimiento Cosecha Michigan.