Western University-led study reveals state of crisis in Canadian foster care system

October 28, 2014

Media Release, Western University – Oct 23/14

“A new study of foster care in Canada led by a researcher at Western University reveals a shrinking number of foster care providers are available across the country to care for a growing number of children with increasingly complex disorders.

The study, led by Alan Leschied from Western’s Faculty of Education, is the single largest review of foster care ever conducted in Canada. With a purpose to better understand the challenges facing the recruitment and retention of foster parents, the two-year study involved input from 941 foster parents representing every province and territory in the country.

The findings showed an overall shortage of available care providers in Canada, as well as a lack of adequate training and support for providers who must often care for foster children with serious mental health issues as a result of trauma, neglect or abuse.

“This report sheds light on the challenges to organizations and foster parents that are charged with caring for an ever-increasing number of children and youth, who are arguably the most vulnerable members of society,” explains Leschied, considered one of Canada’s leading experts on the subject of foster care. “Recruitment and retention of care providers has become more challenging. Our society asks these people to take on herculean responsibilities, but without adequate support and training to properly support the children for whom they are providing care. This so often becomes overwhelming and is simply not sustainable.”

The study, Rescuing a Critical Resource: A Review of the Foster Care Retention and Recruitment Literature and its Relevance in the Canadian Child Welfare Context, was funded by the Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC) as part of its Every Child Matters initiative. The study was released in Ottawa today at 11 a.m. as part of Foster Family Week, which runs from Oct 19-25.

Results of the study will be made available online at http://www.cwlc.ca/en/projects both as a national report, as well as by individual province and territory.

Leschied anticipates the study will be a catalyst for discussion at the local, provincial and federal level on how to better equip existing foster care providers with knowledge and resources to support children and youth, as well as to develop new strategies for recruitment and retention of foster care givers.”
London Free Press story

Mentoring Micro Grant Program

October 28, 2014

To enhance teaching and research and to develop solid careers, faculty often need resources to acquire new skills and new research and teaching methods, and to develop partnerships with established scholars. Micro Grants are designed to provide opportunities for tenure-stream members of faculty to choose mentoring opportunities that make good sense for their own professional development, but that may be inaccessible to them because of lack of funding.

Amount: up to $2,500 for one year (notification by Dec 31/14)

Deadline: December 1, 2014

Eligibility: All full-time tenure-stream Western faculty are eligible to submit applications for Micro Grants.
Micro Grants may be awarded to an individual tenure-track faculty member or a small group of tenure-track faculty members.

More information and applications…

Drop-In Information Session:
Wednesday,  November 5th, 2014
12:00 – 1:30 pm
Teaching Support Centre, Room 121, The D.B. Weldon Library

What’s Happening at CIHR?

October 21, 2014

In follow up to the presentation “What’s Happening at CIHR”, given by Dr. Lorelei Lingard and Dr. Victor Han on October 16, two powerpoint presentation slides have been posted on the RD&S website.

These are available through your Western login at:  http://www.uwo.ca/research/services/resources/index.html, located under Funding Council Resources – CIHR.

The information available includes:

  • CIHR Powerpoint presentation from the CIHR Chair and Scientific Officer meeting in September, entitled “Chair and SO Meeting (September 2014)”, and
  • The Powerpoint presentation from the CIHR sessions given at Western on Thursday, October 16th, entitled “What’s Happening at CIHR Presentation (2014)”

Jaffe in the News

October 21, 2014

Dr. Peter Jaffe, Professor and Director of the Centre for Research & Education on Violence Against Women & Children has been in the media recently. Dr. Jaffe has written on the dangers of fighting in hockey and the effect it can have on children and teenagers. As such, he recently provided expert commentary on the subject for local, national and international radio, and also appeared live on Breakfast Television as part of the kick-off weekend for Rogers Hometown Hockey.

Dr. Jaffe’s interview is available on the Breakfast Television website (http://bit.ly/1z8gNoA) and an album of photos from the interview at Budweiser Gardens is available on the Faculty of Education’s Facebook page http://on.fb.me/1suMTox

You can also listen to his interview with Radio Canada International via their website at http://bit.ly/1w5qGxV

Open Access Week at Western Libraries

October 20, 2014

Open access (OA) is a principle by which scholarly content is made available online free of charge to users and with minimal copyright and licensing restrictions

“Open access truly expands shared knowledge across scientific fields — it is the best path for accelerating multi-disciplinary breakthroughs in research.”  ~ Open Letter to the US Congress signed by Nobel Prize winners


Join Western Libraries as they celebrate Open Access Weekopenaccess2014

Visiting Scholar Final Talk – October 20

October 17, 2014

Growing up in a Multilingual Society: Stages   and Strategies in Multilingual Socialization

Dr. Ajit Mohanty, Visiting Scholar
Jawaharlal Nehru University, India

Monday, October 20, 2014
7:00 pm
Room 1139, Faculty of Education Building

Please RSVP (tbeynen@uwo.ca) so we can ensure an appropriate amount of refreshments.


Workshop – Introduction to R (Statistical Package)

October 15, 2014

R is a popular open source statistical package for data analytics and graphics.  R is available for free download from http://cran.ca.r-project.org for use on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

This course is a full day introduction to R, and will be held in the Weldon Instruction Room (ground floor, The D.B. Weldon Library) on October 30, 2014.  In the morning (9:00 to 12:00), after a general introduction, we will learn the basics of R as a calculator, as a way to draw statistical graphics, and as a statistical package.  In the afternoon (1:00 to 3:30), we will learn basic programming in R:  how to write our own functions to automate analyses. The day finishes with a survey of R packages.

The course is presented by Prof. Duncan Murdoch of the Department of Statistical and Actuarial Sciences at Western. Prof. Murdoch has been a member of the R core developer team for more  than 10 years, and has given numerous talks and short courses on R all around the world.

To register for the course, please complete the form at https://www.lib.uwo.ca/workshops/statistics/. The Weldon Instruction Room provides computers for twenty-eight participants.


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