Communicators’ Forum


The National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI) is excited to announce our NEW Communicators’ Forum for communications professionals that support public, private, and tribal child welfare programs. Join us quarterly to brainstorm ideas and discuss best practices on a particular issue, and network with colleagues around the country.

FIRST FORUM: Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET

TOPIC: Using Effective Communication to Advance Systems Transformation and Build Partnerships

Child welfare professionals support families and make positive daily impacts, but child welfare work is often only visible to community members when tragedy occurs. That’s a problem because one entity cannot solve community issues. To succeed, we must increase community collaboration and improve partnerships. This will be hard to do without first shifting attitudes and opinions about child welfare. What are the root causes that have led to public perception issues? What solutions would address misinformation or lack of information? How can we communicate that we are working toward establishing prevention services that are equitable and just for all children, youth, and families? Are there resources that could be developed to help child welfare programs explain their role in the community? Join us for what is sure to be a great conversation!


Sharon Kollar leads information-sharing networks, knowledge management, and dissemination efforts for NCWWI. As the LINKD Director, she supports tribal, public, and private child welfare programs in developing a diverse, inclusive, and effective workforce by creating and sharing a multitude of resources, strategies, and tools.

Michelle Clinch has 30 years of experience working in communications and adult education, with 12 of those in child welfare. As NCWWI’s National Campaign Manager, she collaborates with team members to develop products and events, leads the social media strategy, and supports communication efforts.



May 31 2023


12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: May 31 2023
  • Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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