This hour-long continuing education training was recorded on May 22, 2019, and features speakers Dr. Jon Bergeron and Shelly Bergeron discussing best practices in advocacy for Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children and family members involved in the child welfare system. Shelly and Jon have extensive experience with CASA and child welfare; and have adopted two Deaf sons, one through CPS and one internationally.
Why is this topic important for CASA and others who work with children and families? The reality is that there is a major gap in understanding the importance of working with interpreters to ensure that the rights of Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing children and family members involved in the child welfare system are being honored.
Shelly and Jon shared a story that captures the urgency of why we need more education around advocacy for the Deaf: after becoming licensed foster parents trained to care for children with special needs, the two got a call from CPS asking to place a Deaf child in their home, despite the fact that they did not know any sign language at the time. Over the two years that they fostered their son, none of the case parties who regularly visited their home to check in on how the child was doing ever attempted to communicate directly with the child and give him an opportunity to express his needs and desires.
Learn more about the presenters and watch the training at the button below – and please spread the word about the training and the urgency around this topic to your networks!