Affiliation: PhD student at Adult Education and Community Development, University of Toronto (UofT): Ontario Institute for Studies in Education(OISE)
Title of Research Project: African, Caribbean and Black (ACB) Family Group Conferencing (FGC) Project
Description of Role on the Project: From 2018-2019 I was the Research Assistant (RA) for ACB-FGC project while completing a Master of Education (MEd) in Social Justice Education (SJE) at Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (OISE). As an RA, I conducted consultations with ACB individuals with lived experience of child welfare, service providers and academics researching child welfare and Black families/children. I co-authored a preliminary research report on review of literature and stakeholder consultations, which was presented to Community Advisory Committee (CAC) and produced into a webinar for the FGC-ACB website. Also, I assisted the legal department at the Metropolitan Action Committee on Violence Against Women and Children (METRAC) to provide legal, historical, socio-cultural context for ACB families within Ontario for the development of the legal component for the Family Group Conference curriculum. Lastly, I produced a Community Resource manual for ACB Children, Youth and Families within the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).
Currently, I am co-developing educational materials for Black parents, teachers and social workers about duty to report, navigating child welfare, rights and supports available. The educational materials will be disseminated in numerous forms including community gatherings and webinars. Additionally, this will culminate in the creation of a toolkit for the three above mentioned groups.