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Book Signing Picture Mitchell BeeckenIt’s May! In addition to flowers blooming and bright minds graduating, it also happens to be National Foster Care Month. To honor children, youth, and families involved in the foster care system here in South Carolina, we are celebrating some of the great work being done in the College of Social Work in the field of foster care. Faculty member Dr. Monique Mitchell has served as the state research director for the National Youth in Transition Database (a national data collection that examines the outcomes of youth transitioning out of foster care) for six years. During this time, she developed a nationally recognized child-centered methodology that has helped South Carolina and other states approach youth with sensitivity, establish meaningful relationships with them and ensure that they’re being heard. Dr. Mitchell recently published The Neglected Transition: Building a Relational Home for Children Entering Foster Care by Oxford University Press and regularly consults with children, youth, and invested parties in the child welfare system to inform policy and practice and to develop resources and curricula that serve youth in foster care.

This year, Dr. Mitchell and MSW student Tracey Beecken traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) conference. Dr. Mitchell was invited to serve as the closing plenary speaker at the conference and launch her new book, Living in an Inspired World: Voices and Visions of Youth in Foster Care, published by the Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) Press. Tracey has spent many years working and presenting with Dr. Mitchell on the outcomes and experiences of youth transitioning out of foster care. Together, they proudly represented the CoSW and the voices and visions of South Carolina youth in foster care to child welfare professionals throughout the country. Well done, Dr. Mitchell and Tracey!

We’re proud of the great work that all of our faculty and students are doing in the College for vulnerable children and youth being served by the child welfare system in South Carolina. Keep up the great work everyone!



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