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‘Safe & Connected’ Training to be Offered to the Community

(Above: KVC staff in the Logan office practice using Safe & Connected tools)

KVC will be offering an orientation to its unique Safe & Connected™ child welfare practice model during a training on Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the KVC Charleston Office. KVC invites the W.Va. Department of Health and Human Resources (DHHR) and all other community partners who are interested in learning about this interesting and effective model. KVC is using the Safe & Connected model to staff foster care and adoption referrals, placement disruptions, and cases with other safety concerns. This model is used by KVC nationwide as well as by other public child welfare agencies around the country.


Roane and Jackson staff discuss cases using the model.

Safe & Connected creator Sue Lohrbach will be presenting and will provide an overview and orientation to the model this day. Safe & Connected has assisted in reducing the amount of time children are in foster care, while increasing communication and partnerships within communities. KVC invites you to join in learning more about the Safe & Connected model and how it can positively affect West Virginia children.

Sue Lohrbach is currently the Director of Child Welfare Innovation & Research for KVC Health Systems, where she works with child-serving organizations to improve direct practice and organizational operations through models that integrate evidence-based assessments, family involvement strategies and trauma-focused interventions. Sue is also currently a Senior Fellow with the American Humane Association’s Children’s Innovation Institute.

Ms. Lohrbach received her B.A. from Luther College, her M.S. from Winona State University and is currently a PhD Candidate in social work from the University of Minnesota in St. Paul. She is licensed in the state of Minnesota as a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker. She also serves on the advisory boards for the implementation of differential response in the Republic of Ireland; the Strengths Institute at the University of Kansas; the Dissolution and Custody Planning Series and Family Access Center in Rochester, Minnesota.

The training will be held at the KVC’s office at 300 Kenton Drive, Suite 200, Charleston, W.Va.  Training hours are from 9am to 12pm.  CEUs are applied for in Social Work (pending), Psychology (approved) and Counseling (approved). The fee is $50 per person or free for current DHHR employees. Please email Erin Keltner at to sign up. We hope to see you there!