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D1: What's New in Public Policy for Children

Many areas of public policy impact children and families, especially the most vulnerable. This workshop will provide updates on legislation passed by the Indiana General Assembly in 2021, as well as administrative and judicial policies, that impact state system-involved youth and families. These Hoosier policy changes will be placed into the context of the latest research, national movements, and federal legislative and administrative actions. We pay attention to politics, so you don't have to! Learn all you need to know about the policy landscape for kids in this 90-minute session. The presentation will include a focus on equity and inclusion.

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will gain an understanding of important state legislation that might impact their practice.
  •  Participants will gain an understanding of the other areas of state public policy (executive and judicial branches) that impact the children and families they serve.
  • Participants will gain a wider understanding of national research and policy trends and how Indiana's policy landscape fits into the bigger national picture.

Presenter Bio:

Holding degrees in Spanish and Social Work, Julie Whitman leads the Children’s Commission through networking, listening, collaborating, studying, synthesizing, recommending, and reporting. She is an information nerd and a passionate people person dedicated to promoting the wellbeing of every child.



Julie Whitman, MSW