Partners for Our Children


POC’s Poverty & Child Welfare Forum

Ever wonder if there is a connection between poverty and child welfare involvement? Or what policy solutions may help families in poverty? We will explore these questions and more at our Poverty & Child Welfare Forum on December 8th, 8:30-12:00 at the UW’s Haggett Hall, Cascade Room. The forum will bring together practitioners, advocates, researchers, and others engaged in child welfare and anti-poverty work in Washington state to:

  • Present relevant data exploring the connection between poverty and involvement in the child welfare system;
  • Address our statewide responses to child welfare-involved families as they relate to poverty; and
  • Explore policy solutions that could reduce the number of families in poverty

Presenters and Panelists include:

  • Todd Herrenkohl, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Research, University of Washington School of Social Work (moderator) (Updated)
  • Joe Mienko, University of Washington School of Social Work; Partners for Our Children
  • Logan MacGregor, Economic Services Administration
  • Jennie Romich, Ph.D., University of Washington School of Social Work; West Coast Poverty Center
  • Barbara Lucenko, Ph.D., Research and Data Analysis; Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
  • Alise Hegle, parent; Advocacy Program Manager, Children’s Home Society of Washington
  • Leroy Pelton, Ph.D., University of Nevada – Las Vegas; School of Social Work
  • Dee Wilson, Casey Family Programs
  • Lori Pfingst, Ph.D., Washington State Budget and Policy Center
  • Tony Lee, Statewide Poverty Action Network
  • Maureen Marcenko, Ph.D., University of Washington School of Social Work; Partners for Our Children
  • Bob Plotnick, Ph.D., University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance
  • Esther Wanjihia, Children’s Administration caseworker

If you have any questions, please contact us at


The presentation slides can be viewed here and the video is below.