Russian child welfare professionals make return trip
Staff from St. Petersburg-based Partnership for Every Child (P4EC) returned to Columbus this week for a learning exchange facilitated by the Institute for Human Services that included a financial roundtable today with PCSAO staff.
Visiting were P4EC’s director, Lyudmila Sorokina, and two development and communications staff, Elena Kandoba and Anastasia Ivanova, all of whom were part of a larger delegation that traveled to Columbus in January. This time around, they dove deeper into issues of child welfare funding resources, public/private contracts, and advocacy. P4EC is a private nonprofit organization that offers supportive services to families in crisis, specifically foster and respite care for infants, children with developmental disabilities, and teenagers. They work to strengthen families, keeping children in their homes and out of state-run institutions.
In addition to PCSAO’s director, Angela Sausser, and assistant director, Scott Britton, the roundtable featured Linda Austin, director of procurement and contracts for Franklin County Children Services; Mark Mecum, director of the Ohio Association of Child Caring Agencies; and Tracey Izzard, director of Youth Advocate Services.
IHS staff who coordinated and facilitated today’s conversation were Marynell Townsend, Dilya Limes (a former PCSAO intern), Leslie Ahmadi, and Lana Anderson. The week of learning opportunities for the Russian visitors encompasses meetings focused on caregivers, developmental disabilities, residential services, and marketing/messaging, along with evening activities around Columbus.