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B6: The 2Gen Approach: A Chance for Indiana Families

The Two Generation (2Gen) approach is a coined philosophical framework from Ascend at the Aspen Institute. This mindset builds family well-being by intentionally and simultaneously working with children and the adults in their lives together. Hear from United Way of Central Indiana (UWCI) and Lutheran Child and Family Services who are using this approach across central Indiana and within child welfare systems. 

Learning Objectives:

  • Get to know the concept of  the 2Gen approach
  • Assess model for child welfare practice
  • Discussion of Implementation Strategies

Presenter Bios:

Sven Schumacher is the Executive Director of Lutheran Child and Family Services. As a clinical social worker, a licensed family therapist and addition counselor Sven has been interested in multi-generational approaches in the field of child welfare theory and practice for a long time.

Whitney Fields serves as the current 2Gen Senior Manager where she supports 22 funded organizations awarded through United Way of Central Indiana’s (UWCI) Family Opportunity Funding.  In this role she coaches and elevates relevant best practices and strategies relating to two generational and multi-generational work. 



Sven Schumacher, MSW, LCSW, MPA & Whitney Fields, MPA