HIV, Families & Permanency Planning: Addressing New Realities

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HIV, Families & Permanency Planning: Addressing New Realities

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A National Webcast — September 9, 2008

Progress in the fight against HIV/AIDS has created new possibilities for families and their children. This two-hour national training featured a panel of experts — attorneys, social workers and persons with HIV/AIDS — who have current information, experiences and insights to share about future care and custody planning for children whose parents have HIV/AIDS.

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Presenter Biographies

Presenter Biographies

Jeanne Pietrzak
Jeanne Pietrzak, MSW, has been the Director of the National Abandoned Infants Assistance Resource Center since its inception in 1990. In her tenure with the University of California, Berkeley, she has directed numerous state, federal, and private research grants, program evaluations, and service projects focused on drug- and HIV-affected children and families. Ms. Pietrzak has co-authored a book on Practical Program Evaluation (Sage) and co-edited another on Families Living with Drugs and HIV (Guilford).

Linda Coon
Linda S. Coon, JD, is the Director of the Families’ and Children’s AIDS Network. FCAN provides in-home legal, social work, and supportive services; family retreats; and a statewide program of education and advocacy. Linda authored many Illinois statutes that created new permanency options, including standby guardianship, short-term guardianship, and standby adoption.

Wendy Courts
Wendy Courts is a Peer Counselor with the Families’ and Children’s AIDS Network. Ms. Courts also speaks to social workers and counselors about being impacted by HIV/AIDS, and facilitates a group called Making Positive Changes, which consists of Department of Children and Family Services mothers who are infected with HIV/AIDS.

Adam Halper
Adam J. Halper is the Director of Legal Services at The Family Center, an agency which serves families affected by serious illness.  At The Family Center, Mr. Halper monitors and oversees all policies and procedures for the Legal Department and supervises attorneys and paralegals.  He represents The Family Center at local, state and national levels on policy issues.  He also provides comprehensive civil representation to clients.  Formerly, Mr. Halper was a Staff Attorney and Family Law Specialist for Legal Services of New York City in the Bronx Office.  As a Staff Attorney, he successfully litigated numerous trials from inception to conclusion on a broad range of family law and matrimonial issues.  Further, he represented and advised clients on a variety of civil matters including employment litigation, public benefits, administrative law and taxation.  In addition to representation, Mr. Halper lectured and made appearances to discuss domestic violence and family law-related issues at high schools, colleges, law schools, law firms, radio and television.  He has testified before City and State Government Committees on family law and policy issues affecting people with HIV.  He has taught CLE classes on litigation technique in family law cases.  He is a 1997 graduate of the Cardozo School of Law and a 1994 graduate ofNew York University.

Danielle Jatlow
Danielle Jatlow is a Social Worker at The Family Center, an agency which serves families affected by serious illness. At The Family Center, Ms. Jatlow provides supportive counseling to families and individuals affected by HIV/AIDS and Cancer during home and office visits, co-leads a teen group, collaborates with staff attorneys to assist clients with permanency planning, and co-chairs The Family Center’s Diversity Committee. Prior to coming to The Family Center, Danielle worked with families returning to their communities from the criminal justice system and worked in supportive housing with formerly homeless adults with mental health issues and HIV/AIDS. Recently, Ms. Jatlow completed a year-long course in Family Therapy at Ackerman Institute for the Family in New York City. Ms. Jatlow graduated from Columbia University School of Social Work in 2006. While at CUSSW, Ms. Jatlow served on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Student Social Work from 2004-2006 and served on the Student Union Executive Board in 2004-2005. While living in San Francisco, Danielle worked with homeless youth and also founded a nonprofit literary publishing house called Watchword Press. Danielle was selected as a San Francisco Coro Community Fellow in 2004. Danielle is a graduate of University of Michigan, Ann Arbor and is a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

Bryn Poulton
Bryn Poulton has been a Social Worker with Family Options for over 10 years, providing in-home social work and mental health services to HIV-affected parents. In this capacity, she provides a range of clinical services, such as co-facilitating HIV support groups for women and for teens; performing initial assessments; providing on-going therapy to families and aftercare for surviving family members.   She also does grief work with groups of parents and children at family retreats.  She participates in staffings with social workers and attorneys to address clinical and legal issues.


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