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Message ID: 8151
Date: 2009-05-04

Author:Lauren Cummings

Subject:Re: use of web cams in child welfare

Dear Dr. Ryan- I'm with a public child welfare agency in Pennsylvania and the use of video conferencing in child welfare has been discussed, recommended, etc. for a few years now. It has been suggested that video conferencing could be utilized to supplement visitation between parents and their children, increase the involvement of children (and incarcerated parents) in their court reviews and, as you mention, enable caseworkers to stay better connected with the children on their caseloads. Much of the interest in the use of video conferencing seems to be drive by the Courts. I'm not aware of any research on the subject of the use of web cams in child welfare but I did manage to find some limited information that you may find useful (links are below). At a minimum the links below do reference some names/organizations that might be leads for you. Perhaps you could find additional information (maybe even some research) if you explore the use of webcams and video conferencing by military families as a means of staying connected? Just a thought.... My agency spent several thousand dollars a few years ago to purchase all of the components needed to participate in video conferencing and, while I don't have any data to reference, I can share that to the best of my knowledge, this equipment hasn't been utilized often, if at all. It just never seemed to catch on. Best of luck, Lauren L. Cummings, MSS lcummings@ccpa.net http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/uploadedFiles/DHS/Children/ChildProtectiveServices/ChildrensCourt7-08.pdf http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/children/minutes/060208.pdf http://www.alleghenycounty.us/news/2008/280707.pdf http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:IfA6t1hR6VoJ:www.dadsrights.com/docs/Illinois%2520Virtual%2520Visitation%2520for%2520Incarcerated%2520Fathers.doc+Pennsylvania,+video+conferencing,+child+welfare&cd=36&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari> http://divorcemagazine.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/illinois-virtual-visitation-for-incarcerated-fathers/ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-26409868_ITM http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:FOw_9zvUHJcJ:www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/lawlibrary/Docs/PDF/Bibliographies/VideoHearingsrev4.pdf+Pennsylvania,+video+conferencing,+child+welfare&cd=58&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari> ________________________________ From: "Ryan, Joseph Patrick" To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Friday, May 1, 2009 12:19:22 PM Subject: use of web cams in child welfare A regional administrator is interested using web cams to stay better connected with children in various placement settings. The logic is that web cams will save money (reduced travel costs) and increase the frequency of contact between children and caseworkers. I was wondering if there is any literature on the use of web cams in child welfare casework? Is this a practice that other states are experimenting with? Joe Joseph P. Ryan, Ph.D. Children and Family Research Center School of Social Work University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign http://www.socialwork.uiuc.edu/people/faculty/ryanJoseph.html

Dear Dr. Ryan- I'm with a public child welfare agency in Pennsylvania and the use of video conferencing in child welfare has been discussed, recommended, etc. for a few years now. It has been suggested that video conferencing could be utilized to supplement visitation between parents and their children, increase the involvement of children (and incarcerated parents) in their court reviews and, as you mention, enable caseworkers to stay better connected with the children on their caseloads. Much of the interest in the use of video conferencing seems to be drive by the Courts. I'm not aware of any research on the subject of the use of web cams in child welfare but I did manage to find some limited information that you may find useful (links are below). At a minimum the links below do reference some names/organizations that might be leads for you. Perhaps you could find additional information (maybe even some research) if you explore the use of webcams and video conferencing by military families as a means of staying connected? Just a thought.... My agency spent several thousand dollars a few years ago to purchase all of the components needed to participate in video conferencing and, while I don't have any data to reference, I can share that to the best of my knowledge, this equipment hasn't been utilized often, if at all. It just never seemed to catch on. Best of luck, Lauren L. Cummings, MSS lcummingsccpa.net http://www.county.allegheny.pa.us/uploadedFiles/DHS/Children/ChildProtectiveServices/ChildrensCourt7-08.pdf http://www.supreme.courts.state.tx.us/children/minutes/060208.pdf http://www.alleghenycounty.us/news/2008/280707.pdf http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:IfA6t1hR6VoJ:www.dadsrights.com/docs/Illinois%2520Virtual%2520Visitation%2520for%2520Incarcerated%2520Fathers.doc+Pennsylvania,+video+conferencing,+child+welfare&cd=36&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari> http://divorcemagazine.wordpress.com/2009/03/31/illinois-virtual-visitation-for-incarcerated-fathers/ http://www.accessmylibrary.com/coms2/summary_0286-26409868_ITM http://74.125.95.132/search?q=cache:FOw_9zvUHJcJ:www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/lawlibrary/Docs/PDF/Bibliographies/VideoHearingsrev4.pdf+Pennsylvania,+video+conferencing,+child+welfare&cd=58&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us&client=safari> ________________________________ From: "Ryan, Joseph Patrick" To: Child Maltreatment Researchers Sent: Friday, May 1, 2009 12:19:22 PM Subject: use of web cams in child welfare A regional administrator is interested using web cams to stay better connected with children in various placement settings. The logic is that web cams will save money (reduced travel costs) and increase the frequency of contact between children and caseworkers. I was wondering if there is any literature on the use of web cams in child welfare casework? Is this a practice that other states are experimenting with? Joe Joseph P. Ryan, Ph.D. Children and Family Research Center School of Social Work University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign http://www.socialwork.uiuc.edu/people/faculty/ryanJoseph.html