Announcing season 2 of Overloaded: Understanding Neglect, a podcast series from the Institute for Child and Family Well-being.

Neglect is a complex and wicked problem, but it’s one that we believe is preventable if we work together to reimagine how we support families overloaded by stress.

So how might we address the root causes of poverty-induced stress and support family economic stability?

How might we strengthen social connectedness for our communities, caregivers, and children?

How might we foster authentic and inclusive community collaboration so that we can effectively address the historical and current inequities that have resulted in disproportionate rates of family separations among families of color and poor families?

And how might we diversify and support our workforce, and elevate and empower the contribution of families and staff with lived experience in our prevention services and the child welfare system to advance equity and justice for all families?

In season 2 of Overloaded: Understanding Neglect, we will be confronting these complex questions as we explore our Strong Families, Thriving Children, Connected Communities’ four Critical Pathways, our roadmaps for discovering and developing innovative solutions to these wicked problems. Through the first year of our Strong Families initiative, which included season 1 of this podcast series, we were able to align the insights and experiences of those who know these issues best with the evidence that has shown promise in advancing meaningful solutions. This collaborative effort identified four critical pathways – Economic Stability, Social Connectedness, Community Collaboration, and Workforce Inclusion and Innovation – that will shape the future of our initiative that aspires to reduce family separations for reasons of neglect.

Join host Luke Waldo as he explores these Critical Pathways with research, policy, and practice experts Julie Ahnen from Dane County DHS, Clare Anderson from Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Mark Cabaj of From Here 2 There, Laura Glaub of Madison Metro School District, Tim Grove of Wellpoint Care Network, Linda Hall of Wisconsin’s Office of Children’s Mental Health, Josh Mersky of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Rebecca Murray of Wisconsin’s Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Board, Jermaine Reed of Fresh Start Family Services, Marc Seidl of Brown County DHHS, and Liz Weaver of the Tamarack Institute. Additionally, he will shine a light on these Critical Pathways through the practice and lived experience experts of many of Children’s Wisconsin’s child welfare and child maltreatment prevention programs and the caregivers with whom they have worked closely.

We believe neglect is preventable. Take a journey with us on our Critical Pathways to discover some of the strategies that can help us make that belief a reality for our families and communities. The conversations begin on Wednesday, December 6th when we premiere the first episode of season 2 of Overloaded: Understanding Neglect wherever you listen to your podcasts. Then come back each week on Wednesday to listen to the rest of the series.

Listen to the trailer wherever you listen to your podcasts:

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Season 2

Season 2 Episodes and Show Notes

Season 2 Podcast Guests

Season 1

Season 1 Episodes and Show Notes

Podcast Contributors

Season 1 Podcast Guests