OPEN MINDS To Host Web Briefing On Innovative Technologies Influencing The Child Welfare System

Exclusive web briefing for members of the "Leadership Council for Children's Services" scheduled for December 9th at 2:00pm EST on how innovative technologies are helping foster care populations

GETTYSBURG, Pa., Dec. 3, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Children in the foster care system have very unique needs as a result of high levels of trauma, transiency, psychotropic medication use, and higher rates of hospitalization and readmissions. They are also subject to more "touch points" – interacting with foster families, biological and kinship relations, medical consenters, child protective services, judges, health care providers, child placing agencies, and advocacy groups, for example. To meet these unique needs and better coordinate care for children in the foster care system, many provider organizations are turning to technology. From smartphone apps that help find placements for children, to e-communications for coordinating care, to remote service delivery via iPad – there are a number of new technologies that are improving care for this special population.

OPEN MINDS is hosting a web briefing on December 9th at 2:00 pm EST to take a look at the new technologies and their implications on the field. Joining OPEN MINDS will be:

  • Foster Care Technologies' managing director, Paul Epp – Formed in 2014, FCT uses cutting-edge technologies to improve outcomes for children and organizations in the child welfare industry in order to create a new standard in placement stability
  • Foster Skills' founder and CEO, Marquis Cabrera – Foster Skills aims to help foster youth beat the odds by helping state governments innovate their child welfare systems using rapid prototyping and human-centered design, and have become a continuous innovation platform in the child welfare space

The 90-minute session is structured to provide an overview of technology available in the child welfare space and their influence on children's services followed by examples of innovative solutions specifically for the foster care population. An interactive Q &A will conclude the event.

This web briefing is exclusive for members of the "Leadership Council For Children's Services" – a children's services sustainability collaboration of OPEN MINDS & The Child Welfare League of America with one singular focus – improving the financial sustainability of children's service organizations. Members can register for free for this web briefing at Non-members who would like more information on how to get access to this web briefing and other great content, please visit:

All registrants will receive a video recording of the webinar and an electronic copy of the presentation slides at its conclusion, regardless of attendance.

About The Leadership Council For Children's Services

The Leadership Council For Children's Services is comprised of leaders across the country, led by OPEN MINDS senior advisors, and backed by The Child Welfare League Of America. This group of thought leaders convenes with one singular focus – improving the financial sustainability of children's service organizations. Through this exclusive online community web site, members have access to the latest news and industry resources specific to child welfare, a platform to share their opinions and experiences, the opportunity to network with other child welfare executives, and the ability to participate in moderated discussions with child welfare executives and industry thought leaders from across the country. Learn more at


OPEN MINDS is the premier market intelligence and management support firm specializing in the sectors of the health and human service field serving consumers with chronic conditions and complex support needs. The mission of OPEN MINDS is to provide health and human service payers and provider organizations – and the organizations that serve them – with the market and management knowledge needed to improve their organizational efficiency and effectiveness. Learn more at


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