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Feb. 7, 2003

UI Professor Wins National Award for Child Welfare Leadership

Susan Schechter, a clinical professor of social work in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, has won a national award for exemplary work in addressing the needs of the nation's child welfare system. The National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) will present Schechter with its Award for Leadership in Public Child Welfare at its annual spring meeting in Washington, D.C., March 8-11.

Schechter is being honored for her work as coauthor of "Effective Intervention in Domestic Violence and Child Maltreatment Cases: Guidelines for Policy and Practice" (referred to nationally as the Greenbook) and her contribution to the development of NAPCWA's recently published "Guidelines for Public Child Welfare Agencies Serving Children and Families Experiencing Domestic Violence." Her work on the Greenbook and the NAPCWA Domestic Violence Guidelines has had a major impact on how public child welfare agencies across the country deal with issues involving domestic violence. By serving as a national leader in the field of domestic violence and promoting greater collaboration between domestic violence and child welfare practice, she has forged new alliances that promise greater safety for children and battered spouses.

Schechter is the author of several books and monographs about domestic violence including, "Women and Male Violence, the Visions and Struggles of the Battered Women's Movement," "When Love Goes Wrong" (coauthored with Ann Jones) and "Domestic Violence: A National Curriculum for Children's Protective Services" (coauthored with Dr. Anne Ganley).

Schechter has directed and founded several clinical and advocacy programs, including Advocacy for Women and Kids in Emergencies (AWAKE) at Children's Hospital in Boston, the first program in a pediatric hospital for battered women with abused children. She is director of Building Comprehensive Solutions to Domestic Violence and consultant to several national domestic violence and child welfare initiatives. She also served as a member of the National Advisory Council on Violence Against Women.

NAPCWA is a membership organization that represents administrators of city, county, and state public human service agencies. These agencies provide child abuse prevention, family preservation and family support, child protection, foster care, adoption, and independent living services to children and families.

The only organization devoted solely to representing administrators of state and local public child welfare agencies, NAPCWA brings an informed view of the problems facing families today to the formulation of child welfare policy. It is an affiliate of the Washington, D.C.-based American Public Human Services Association, a nonprofit, bipartisan organization representing health and human service agencies. Selections are made by an awards committee comprised of volunteers from NAPCWA's Executive Committee, its governing body.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Local Media Contact: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu. Program Contact: Carole Zimmerman, American Public Human Services Association, 202-682-0100 ext. 287