Our First “International Child Welfare Learning Collaborative” Will Be Held at UW on Sunday 7/31

International Child Welfare Learning Collaborative


Purposes of the collaborative are:

  • To exchange information and knowledge about the US and Japan’s foster care systems, policies and practice.
  • To give IFCA’s young members opportunities to prepare their presentations and to present their own experiences and gathered information in a public environment.
  • To bring awareness of all participants that child welfare is a global issue that touches everyone’s lives.
  • To spread the word about the TOMODACHI-IFCA’s Foster Youth Leadership Program


Date:  Sunday, July 31st

Time: 12:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Venue:  University of Washington, Mary Gates Hall

Admission: Free [Handouts and snacks/drinks will be provided for the audience]

Facilitators: Janice Cole and Daniel Lugo


11:45 AM              Lunch and Event Preparation [All alumni members and professional speakers will be provided with catered lunches.  Alumni members are requested to come on time to set up the classroom.]

12:00 PM            Event guests sign in at the door. 


IFCA US Japan Foster Care Alumni Teams’ Presentations:

12:30 PM              Mission and Goals of IFCA by Chihiro Sato

12:35 PM              Presentation on the Japanese Foster Care System by Yusuke Nakahara and Susumu Yamanouchi

1:05 PM                 Report on the IFCA Japan Team’s Current Advocacy and Other Activities

by Chihiro Sato and Yasuharu Tsutsui

1:20 PM                 IFCA’s Impact on Alumni Members by Daniel Lugo, Sang-Won Yu and Janell Braxton

1:30 PM   Break (10 Minutes)


Child Welfare Professionals’ Presentations:

1:40 PM                 Dee Wilson-Overview of the US and Washington State Foster Care Systems

2:40 PM                 Carol Overbeck –The US Children’s Bureau and the Principle of Data Driven Child Welfare Practice

3:20 PM                 Larry Nelson –Roles and Responsibilities of Child Protection Social Worker

4:00 PM   Break (10 Minutes)


Alumni Panel Discussion:

4:10 PM                 Panelists [Michael Adams, Thalia Garcia, Alissa Neuman, Yukako Numata and

Tatsuki Takahashi ]

4:40 PM   Clean up


International Foster Care Alliance [IFCA] www.ifcaseattle.org ■  6542 4th Ave. NW, Seattle, WA 98117 ■ 1-888-447-IFCA  info@ifcaseattle.org

This project is supported by the TOMODACHI Initiative’s generous grant and partnership.  




How to Submit Your Work

Currently, our NPO is inviting foster youth and alumni to send their essays, poems, and art works. A stipend ($100) will be given...

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