Honorable Kimberly Seager, Oswego County Family Court Judge, has been selected to lead a newly formed collaboration to enhance court practices for children of Oswego County who have been abused or maltreated.
Oswego County is one of 21 counties within New York State with the highest foster care population designated by the NYS Child Welfare Court Improvement Project to be part of a statewide initiative designed to improve safety, permanency and well-being for children.
The collaborative meetings in Oswego County are co-facilitated by Judge Seager and Frances Lanigan, Commissioner of Oswego County Department of Social Services. The collaborative consists of over 30 members representing various professionals in the child welfare system. In addition to family court and the local department of social services, the collaboration includes attorneys, mental health professionals, educational professionals, local service providers and more.
Recently members from the 21 counties attended a state-wide conference in Albany, entitled, â€œReady, Set Go! Enhancing Court Practices in Child Welfare Proceedings.â€ Topics included: improving relationships between family court and child welfare agencies; data collection projects; examples of successful initiatives; and County team planning time. Oswego County sent a team of 10 members.
The members of the team who attended are:
Honorable Kimberly Seager, Family Court Judge
Frances Lanigan, Commissioner of Social Services
Karen Brandt, Esq., Law Clerk
Kathleen Halstead, Deputy Chief Clerk
Mary Comerford, Court Analyst
Allison Nelson, Esq., DSS Attorney
Gail Godici, Supervisor Child Protective Services
Maureen Petersen, Esq.
Courtney Radick, Esq.
John Spring, Jr., Esq.
Since return from the Albany conference, the full collaborative team is engaged in forming a strategic plan to identify goals and objectives to better serve the children and families of Oswego County.
For more information, please contact Cindy Roth, Child Welfare Court Improvement Project Fifth District Liaison at 315-731-3468.
The ongoing work in Oswego County will continue to be supported by the NYS Child Welfare Court Improvement Project (CWCIP).