National Center on Permanency Awarded $1.5 Million
The National Center on Permanency for
African American Children, at Howard University School of Social Work,
was awarded a $1.5 million subcontract from the Illinois Department of
Children and Family Services as part of a $2.4 million grant to the Jane
Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The contract was signed on February 10,
2000 in Chicago with Jess McDonald, director of the Illinois Department
of Children and Family Services, and Dr. Creasie Finney Hairston, dean
of the Jane Addams College of Social Work.
The agreement was achieved in
collaboration with the African American Council of the Illinois
Department of Children and Family Services. The council spearheaded this
initiative under the leadership of Michael Burns, council chair.
At the signing of
letters of commitment (L. to R.):
Seated: Jen McDonald, Dr. Creasie Finney Hairston.
Standing: Wade Parker, Donella Bishop-Ward, Elvrid
Lawrence, Michael Burns, Cretoria Barnett, Dr. Jordan
Jaiya John (in back), James Craigen (in front), Jacquelyn
Bailey Kidd, Marsha Williams,
Other council members are Martha Allen,
Cretoria Barnett, Frances Elbert, Elvrid Lawrence, Wade Parker, Donnella
Bishop Ward and Marcia Williams.
Now completing its first year, the
National Center on Permanency for African American Children continues
under the leadership of Professor James Craigen, Dr. Ura Jean Oyemade
Bailey and Jacquelyn Bailey Kidd, with the coordinator of the Illinois
program, Dr. Jordan Jaiya John, and the support of Ph.D. graduate
assistants Oronde Miller and Laura House. Alumna O. Delmar Weathers, MSW
'62, serves on the advisory committee.
The National Center is negotiating with
other localities to develop curriculum and training, and to provide
technical assistance. A top priority is to support African American
children in their communities in compliance with recent federal
legislation to include kinship care, and to incorporate family group
For more information, contact
Jacquelyn Kidd, director, at 202/806-8100 or by email at