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Testa works to ensure foster youth voices are heard

Amy Clay knows better than most about the challenges of growing up in the welfare system. At age 15, Clay was placed in foster care in Illinois and over three years, was moved to four different homes. During that same time, her caseworkers routinely changed, and she had to fight to stay in her same school.

Such experiences were painfully difficult, recalled Clay, especially for a girl who had already lived much of her life surrounded by violence. Although her childhood was far from perfect, Clay, now 33, eventually learned to embrace her own story. Over the years, she also gained the confidence to share her experience with others.

Today, with help and encouragement from Mark Testa, a professor at UNC’s School of Social Work, Clay is among several former foster care children who are working to help researchers and policymakers better understand the experiences of children in the welfare system. Their work is part of an ongoing campaign to resolve the “wicked problems” of child welfare.

Adverse weather alert

UNC has announced that classes are canceled at 8 a.m. on Jan. 30, 2014; resume at 9:30 a.m.

Adverse weather alert

UNC has announced that classes are canceled until noon on Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014.

Adverse weather alert

UNC has announced that evening classes are canceled for Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2014, starting at 5 p.m.

Former Obama administration official speaks on child welfare

On Oct. 22, 2013, Bryan Samuels, executive director of Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago and former commissioner of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, spoke on “Leadership, Evidence and Accountability in Child Welfare.”