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The Youth in Care Chronicles: Voices from Former Youth in Care

Start Date:1/5/2021

Start Time:1:00 PM EST

Duration:90 minutes

Abstract:

The Youth in Care Chronicles is about the lived experiences of former youth in care, now as resilient adults, who want their voices to be heard. Youth in care are often represented in poorer health outcomes, homelessness, suicide, trafficking, and poorer educational outcomes. However, the narratives included in this book from 18 former youth in care provide a fresh look at moving beyond growing up in the child welfare system. The Youth in Care Chronicles shares experiences of pain and trauma faced by those in the child welfare system yet and towards the future with boundless hope and resilience. This webinar will focus on the implications for social workers to positively and actively impact the lives of youth in system care. A critical element of this book is a learning guide co-written by the editorial team which includes social workers, a child and youth care worker, a social work professor, a writer, and key messages from former youth in care themselves.  

Webinar Objectives
  • An overview and history of the Youth in Care Chronicles book 
  • The experiences of youth in care and the unique challenges they face 
  • An overview of the themes identified from the former youth in care’s stories that impact professional social work practice through the book’s learning guide 
  • Lessons learned along the way about community organizing and grassroots publishing 
  • Discussion and questions 

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Cody Murrell, BSW, RSW

Cody Murrell is a Supervisor with Children’s Services working in Edmonton, Alberta. He has been working with children and youth who are in care for the past 7 years in varying capacities. Cody started his career working in the group care sector (multiple specialized group homes) as a Youth Worker. He had also worked as a Child Intervention Caseworker and Generalist before becoming a Supervisor. Cody holds a Diploma of Social Work from Grant MacEwan University and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Calgary. Cody has extensive volunteer experience in the Social Work field, which includes volunteering as an Alberta College of Social Worker’s Council Member, worker at Amity House and co-chair of Edmonton Youth Speak Out (a youth-in-care group, which represents the interests of youth-in-care and seeks to inform practice through the sharing of the youth’s experiences). Cody Murrell is an advocate for youth-in-care and speaks publicly about his experiences, most notably, at the High-Risk Youth Conference, University of Calgary and Youth Power. His intense passion for the profession of Social Work and compassion for others stems from his own experiences with growing up in care. Cody has been happily married to his wife, Shay, for the past 3 years.

Alexandra Zannis

Moderator

CASW

Alexandra is the Social Policy and Communications Coordinator at the Canadian Association of Social Workers. (She/Her) Alexandra est la Coordinatrice des politiques et du communication de l'Association canadienne des travailleuses et travailleurs sociaux (Ella/La)