Event Details:

“Conversations on Race and Racism in Child Welfare,” is the topic for the series of online skill-building webinars hosted this year by the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect and the New Jersey Department of Children and Families.  

Through this series of virtual events, you will:

  • Learn about the history of race and racism in New Jersey.
  • Gain a deeper understanding of the causes and consequences of racial disparties in child welfare settings.
  • Discover how the New Jersey Department of Children and Families is responding to racial disparities in the child welfare system.

Registration (REQUIRED and FREE):

We are happy to announce that there will be no fee to participate in these conversations and that participants may choose to attend one, two, or all three webinars.  However, you must register for each conversation you wish to attend.  Only registered participants will be able to view each webinar and be eligible for CEUs.

Participants should click the button below to register.  You will have to create a free account (or use Stockton University credentials) to sign in.  Type "TFCAN" in the search bar at the top of the page to see the conversations in this series and click "Add to Cart" for all those you wish to attend.  Once you have done so, click on "Check Out" to finalize your free registration.


If you encounter any difficulty while attempting to register, you can CLICK HERE for step-by-step instructions, call (609) 652-4270 for assistance, or email

Continuing Education:

Conversations #1, #2, and #3 will each offer 2.0 Cultural Competency Hours of Continuing Education (CE) for Social Workers, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapists, and Licensed Professional Counselors. 

Zoom Meeting Information:

Only registered participants will receive the link for these Zoom meetings.  If you're not familiar with the Zoom virtual meeting platform, please CLICK HERE and check out the instructional videos on how to join a Zoom meeting and configure audio/video settings on your device.

Conference Resources:

Materials used throughout the series will be uploaded here following the event.

Conversation #1:

"Race and Racism in New Jersey"

Friday, October 16 |  10am to 12pm


(Registration Closes October 14th)

Speaker:  Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt

 Conversation #2:

"Racial Disparities in Child Welfare"

Thursday, October 22 |  1pm to 3pm


(Registration Closes October 20th)

Speaker:  Dr. Jessica A. Pryce

 Conversation #3:

"How Can We Respond?"

Friday, October 30 |  10am to 12pm


(Registration Closes October 28th)

Speaker:  Dr. Carol Spigner




Guest Speakers

Pat Reid-Merritt

Patricia Reid-Merritt

Distinguished Professor, Stockton University


Jessica A. Pryce

Assistant Professor, Florida State University


Carol Spigner

Associate Professor Emerita, University of Pennsylvania

Conference Host Agencies


The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state’s first Cabinet-level agency devoted exclusively to serving and supporting at-risk children and families. It is made up of about 6,600 staff who are focused on and committed to assisting and empowering residents to be safe, healthy and connected.



The purpose of the New Jersey Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect is to study and develop recommendations regarding the most effective means of improving the quality and scope of child protective and preventative services provided or supported by State government.



The Child Welfare Education Institute (CWEI) at Stockton University is facilitating logistics for this event.  The mission of CWEI is to support the ongoing transformation of the public child welfare system through social work education and professional training.  Our vision is safety and well-being for the children and families of New Jersey.


Presented in partnership with:


Need Assistance?

For any questions or concerns regarding the registration process or the event itself, 
please call (609) 652-4270 or email

Stockton University 
Child Welfare Education Institute
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205