Cross-appointed professor gets grant to improve family justice system
February 5, 2016
King’s Professor Dr. Rachel Birnbaum, who is cross appointed in Childhood & Social Institutions & Social Work, is the recipient of a $75,200.00 grant from the Department of Justice, Canada to bring together key decision-makers in the family justice system. These key decision-makers are comprised of individuals who work in legal fields, police, court services, school personnel, private mental health practitioners, mental health educators, and parents. Individuals who are part of these industries will be brought together for a one day symposium in Ottawa, Ontario, to learn from one another about promoting collaborative and better effective family justice services for parents and children, both unrepresented and represented litigants, as well as those who are thinking about separating/divorcing. This will be a unique opportunity for family justice stakeholders to learn from one another, and the findings gathered will be used to identify clear actionable implementation steps to a collaborative and sustainable community based model to help parents and children in the family justice system in Ottawa, Ontario.
This is an exciting community initiative with Ottawa Family Services and the family justice professionals in Ottawa.
Congratulations Dr. Birnbaum.