Community of Practice (COP)

A Community of Practice (CoP) is defined as "a group of people who share a concern, a set of problems, or a passion about a topic, and who deepen their knowledge and expertise by interacting on an ongoing basis" (CDC)

A venn diagram  with overlapping values of Domain - Area of shared interest & key issues, Practice - Body of knowledge methods, stories, tools developed, Community - Relationships built through discussion, activities and learning

The IMPACT WV program and the West Virginia Home Visitation program are partnering to launch a series of Communities of Practice (CoP) to help participants exchange technical information and share experiences about a variety of topics related to serving clients currently experiencing or who have past experiences with substance abuse.


Community of Practice: Adaptive Process to Meet High Risk Families' Needs - Part 3
December 1, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Zoom online meeting

Presenters: Lydia Cooper & Jay Kadash

Although Lydia Cooper has over 35 years of Social Services work history, she feels the most important experience she brings to Caregiver Training is the years she spent as a Kinship Caregiver to her own three grandchildren. Her diverse background ranges from Government and Corporate Training to Homeless Outreach and from Youth Group Leader to Musical Theater. She strives to enrich the people she trains by presenting classes as interesting as they are informative and as entertaining as they are empowering.

Jay Kadash is Sr. VP of Communications, Content and Systems Engagement. His experiences and schooling span over education, child development, brand management, and design. In child welfare, he has worked specifically as a content creator by researching and originating a wide range of materials that conceptualize kinship care in practice, curriculum, and assessment. Jay works extensively with the agency’s national team in organizing and providing the technical assistance, professional development and content development needed to address system reform in child welfare.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe how the family hierarchy impacts relationships in kinship care.
  • Recognize how family loyalties influence conversations in kinship care.
  • Identify strategies for inclusive family engagement in kinship care.
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