Mind the Gap

The Child Welfare System in Massachusetts


Thursday, April 14, 2016 - 12:30pm
Cheever House, Wellesley Centers for Women

Join the Wellesley Centers for Women for a lunchtime seminar: Mind the Gap

Joan Wallace-Benjamin, Ph.D., President and CEO, The Home for Little Wanderers

“Mind the Gap” is a British expression used by the London subway system that warns people to be careful of the gap between the train platform and the train. The child welfare system in Massachusetts and across the country is doing just that—minding the gap. In this presentation, Joan Wallace-Benjamin, President and CEO of The Home for Little Wanderers, will discuss the work of the child welfare system in Massachusetts, how it has changed over the 13 years she has been at The Home, and what responsibility the taxpayers of Massachusetts bear for the system in place and the services it provides. Following the presentation, Wallace-Benjamin will give attendees the opportunity to openly discuss these issues.

Most lunchtime seminars are held Thursdays, 12:30–1:30 p.m. at the Centers' Cheever House location. The programs are free and open to the public. Guests are invited to bring their lunches, and Wellesley Centers for Women will provide tea and coffee. Many programs are recorded and audio files are posted online at www.wcwonline.org/audioarchive. The lunchtime seminar series schedule is subject to change. To confirm program line-up, call 781.283.2500 or visit www.wcwonline.org/calendar.

The Wellesley Centers for Women is a premier women- and gender-focused, social-change oriented research-and-action institute at Wellesley College. Scholars at the Centers conduct social science research and evaluation, develop theory and publications, and implement training and action programs on issues that put women’s lives and women’s concerns at the center. Since 1974, WCW’s work has generated changes in attitudes, practices, and public policy.