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The Conversation: Profs. Augsberger & Collins Say Child Welfare System Failures Are Due to Child Poverty
BA (Criminal Justice)University of Illinois, Chicago
MA (Social Work)University of Chicago
PhD (Social Work)University of Chicago
Postdoctoral (Social Work)University of Michigan
WP700 Social Welfare Policy I: Conceptions, Scope, History, and Philosophies of Social Welfare
WP701 Social Welfare Policy II: Social Problems and Social Policy
WP707 Social Welfare Policy and Programs for Children
Collins, M.E., Spindle-Jackson, A., & Yao, M. (2021). Workforce development systems efforts for system-involved youth: Opportunities and challenges. Children and Youth Services Review. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2021.106158
Collins, M.E., Augsberger, A., & Sirois, L. (2021). Civic engagement approaches for system-involved youth: A comparative analysis. Journal of Youth Studies. DOI: 10.1080/13676261.2021.1892617
Collins, M.E., & Augsberger, A. (2020). Child welfare outreach work in a time of coronavirus: Discretion and constraints. Journal of Comparative Policy Analysis: Research and Practice. DOI: 10.1080/13876988.2020.1841560.
Collins, M.E., & Baldiga, S. (2020). Normalcy for children in foster care in the time of coronavirus. Journal of Children’s Services, 15, 4, 215-219.
Collins, M.E., Dixon, Z., & Zimmerman, T. (2020). Building policy practice into foundation field placement: Experiences and outcomes. Social Work Education. DOI: 10.1080/02615479.2020.1807495
Collins, M.E., & Mead, M.A. (2020). Social constructions of children and youth: Beyond dependents and deviants. Journal of Social Policy, 50, 3, 493-510. DOI:10.1017/S004727942000039.
Collins, M.E., & Kim, S.H. (2020). Governors as policy entrepreneurs: Setting the agenda for children. Child Welfare, 98, 2.
Collins, M.E. (2020). Transitioning from foster care to independence: Lessons from recent research and next steps. Child Welfare, 97, 5, 233-240.
Collins, M.E., Putnam, D., & Doherty, J. (2019). Assessing student competency in diversity and social justice. Social Work Education, 40(4), 462-472. DOI:10.1080/02615479.2019.1701643
Collins, M.E. and Spindle-Jackson, A. (2021). Inclusion of youth perspectives in employment programming for disconnected youth. Presentation (recorded for on-line) at XVI European Scientific Association on Residential and Family Care for Children and Adolescents (EUSARF). ZHAW Zurich University of Applied Sciences.
Collins, M.E. and Garlington, S. (2021). Ethical responses to the COVID pandemic: Compassion, solidarity and justice. Presentation (on-line) at Ethical Perspectives on the Social and Economic Consequences of the COVID-19 Pandemic. Centre for Ethics and Poverty Research, University of Salzburg, Austria.
Collins, M.E., & Spindle-Jackson, A. (2021). System-involved youth and workforce development: How do localities address youth needs? Society for Social Work and Research 25th Annual Conference. Virtual.
Collins, M.E., & Banks, M. (2021). Benefit interactions for foster youth leaving care: A Policy analysis. Society for Social Work and Research 25th Annual Conference. Virtual.
Kim, S.H., Collins, M.E., & Duffy, J. (2021). Borders: An international comparative perspective of social work’s response. Society for Social Work and Research 25th Annual Conference. Virtual.
Collins, M.E. (2021). Local workforce systems: Understanding implementation processes to effectively serve vulnerable youth. Invited presentation. Youth Employment: Connecting Research and Policy. Institute for Research on Poverty/ASPE. Virtual panel.
Collins, M.E. (2019). Supporting positive transitions for youth in child welfare: Policy approaches in comparative perspective. Invited presentation at 4th biannual international ISTAR conference: Adolescence in a multicultural transition and context. UIT, The Artic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway.
Collins, M.E. (2019). Promising models to facilitate employment of care-leavers in the U.S. Invited presentation at Africa Care-leaving Conference. University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
Collins, M.E. (2019). Macro issues impacting care-leaving in the U.S. Invited presentation at Africa Care-leaving Workshop. Johannesburg, South Africa.
Principal Investigator. (2020-present). Local Workforce Systems: Understanding Implementation Processes to Effectively Serve Vulnerable Youth. Funded by The Institute for Research on Poverty (IRP) at the University of Wisconsin and the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Faculty Fellowship, Boston University School of Theology. (2016-2017). Religion and Race: Intersections in the Construction of Identity. Examining Religion and Race in Child Welfare: Influences of Policies and Programs.
Principal Investigator. (2016-2017). Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative. Funded by the Council on Social Work Education. Funding: $20,000.
Co-Principal Investigator. (2015). PI: Augsberger, A. Understanding the Social Justice Function of Youth Councils. Funded by the Initiative on Cities, Boston University. Funding: $5000.
Fulbright Fellowship. (2011-2012). University of Social Sciences and Humanities, Department of Social Work, Vietnam National University, Ho Chi Minh City.
Principal Investigator. (2003-2008). Professional Education for Current Public Child Welfare Agency Staff. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. Funding: $374,121.
Principal Investigator. (2006-2007). Leaving Care in Massachusetts: Policy and Supports to Facilitate Transition. Funded by the Massachusetts Youth Transition Task Force. Funding: $115,000.
Evaluation Consultant. (2005-2008). Training of Child Welfare Agency Supervisors in the Effective Delivery and Management of Independent Living Services for Youth in Foster Care. University of Massachusetts Medical Center for Adoption Research. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families.
Principal Investigator. (2003-2007). National Evaluation of Child Welfare Training Grants. Funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration on Children and Families. Funding: $1,048,434.
Professional Activities and Certifications
Professional Activities and Certifications
2021-2022: Vice-President Elect, Society for Social Work Research (SSWR)
2016-2019: Subject Extern Examiner, School of Social Policy, Social Work, and Social Justice, University College Dublin, Dublin, Ireland.
2014-Present: Academic Consultant, Northeastern region. Hedge Funds Care/Help for Children Grant-makers.
2016-2019: Member, Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Council on Leadership Development.
2014: Program Reviewer, Social Work Undergraduate Program. Lebanese American University, Beirut, Lebanon.
Awards and Honors
Awards and Honors
2014-2015 Cohort: Selected Participant, Higher Education Resource Services (HERS), Wellesley Institute.
2011-2012: Fulbright Lecturing Fellowship. Supporting the development of a professional workforce for child protection in Vietnam: A collaborative approach.