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PCG’s Manager Heather Baker Joined Experts in Podcast Series Addressing Family First Law


Public Consulting Group (PCG) is pleased to announce that Manager Heather Baker, Human Services, recently joined experts from the National Human Trafficking Child Welfare Collaborative, Sarah Ladd and Bethany Gilot, during the second episode of a three-part series for the podcast Emancipation Nation hosted by Celia Williamson, PhD. During this episode, “Protecting Trafficked and At-Risk Youth: States Figure Out How to Implement the New Law,” the speakers discussed states’ translation of federal laws related to human trafficking. They focused on how the Family First Prevention Services Act (FFPSA) provides funding through Title IV-E for congregate care programs for children placed in foster care. These programs provide high-quality residential and support services for children and youth who have experienced, or are at risk of, sex trafficking.

You can access the podcast episode here.

During the first episode in the series, “Protecting Trafficked and At-Risk Youth: Federal and State Laws Explained,” experts focused on child welfare agencies' responses to youth victims of human trafficking who are in out-of-home placements.

In the third episode, “Practical Application of the Family First Law: What You Need to Know About Sheltering Trafficked and At-Risk Youth,” experts focused on how the law will directly affect those who want to provide or are providing short-term to longer-term housing for trafficked youth and those at risk. Tips, resources, and training opportunities were also shared.

You won’t want to miss this informative series that addresses child welfare agencies’ responses to youth victims of human trafficking who are in out-of-home placements; federal laws related to human trafficking and their translation by states; and implementation of these federal laws by those providing services to trafficked youth.

All three episodes for this podcast series can be accessed here.

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