Reflecting Back …

It goes without saying that 2020 has been an unusual year.  Hardly a day has gone by without hearing the word “unprecedented” in reference to current events, mostly about the Covid-19 pandemic.  For most of us, it’s been an adjustment in work/school arrangements and social activities, but for many others, it’s been a year of tragedy – financial distress, severe illness, violence and fatalities.  Our hearts go out to everyone who has suffered this year, especially the families served by all of us.

With all of this swirling around us, I’ll admit, sometimes I’ve worried about the future of NFPN and the agencies we serve.  Fortunately, we’ve been able to continue activities and pursue projects that allow for social distancing, and as far I know, most agencies are surviving, too.  In fact, some have told me that they’ve had a busier year than usual.  So, I’d like to take this opportunity to touch on NFPN’s main highlights from 2020.

  • NFPN conducted frequent trainings.  We did in-person trainings in the first couple months and then transitioned to live, online training.  We’ve refined this process and will likely continue to have the option of virtual training from now on. 
  • Dr. Esteban Gómez Muzzio developed an online training series on the NCFAS tools in Spanish, which was launched in the summer.  It has been completed by numerous participants so far, and it can be accessed at: https://academia.americaporlainfancia.com/catalog/view.php?id=112
  • Our website was completely redesigned, making it more user-friendly and mobile-accessible.  If you haven’t seen it already, please check it out at www.nfpn.org.
  • For years, we’ve offered a web database in the United States through Integrated Imaging.  This year, we expanded our web-database options by partnering with Community Data Solutions in Australia. 
  • We compiled a report on “Remote Services During Covid-19” which will be published in the Child Welfare League of America’s Child Welfare journal in the near future.
  • We’ve continued to make progress on other goals which are not ready to be unveiled yet, but stay tuned in 2021 …

It is with extreme gratitude that I reflect back on these accomplishments.  I want to thank everyone who has been involved.  I deeply appreciate all that you do for your families and for each other.  I hope that you’re finding joy in this holiday season, despite the fact that it’s different than usual, and that 2021 will be a magnificent year for all of us!  I wish you all the very best!!!

Posted by Michelle Reines, NFPN Executive Director

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