Watch this on demand webinar from the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and Northwoods to learn how Child Welfare agencies can manage the skyrocketing caseloads caused by the opioid epidemic. 

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Webinar Overview

The opioid epidemic's impact on Child Welfare is front page news. Yet the ripple effect goes undocumented: skyrocketing caseloads increases the volume and rate of information flooding into the agency from a variety of sources: providers, schools, law enforcement, and courts.

While every state has been hit hard by the epidemic, Ohio is ranked No. 1 in the nation for number of heroin deaths, with a 19 percent increase in children entering foster care since 2015 and 50 percent of those cases due to parental drug addiction, according to a representative from Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s office.

Learn how Fairfield County Child and Adult Protective Services in Ohio teamed up with Ohio's Attorney General on a public awareness campaign about the opioid epidemic, and also implemented an approach to manage the information overload.

Who Should Participate

Child Welfare directors, deputy directors, program administrators, supervisors, workers, and anyone responsible for ensuring child safety.


Rich Bowlen
Vice President, Protective Services, Northwoods

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When Rich Bowlen served as director of a child and adult protective services agency, he did everything he could to support his social workers and supervisors, so they could help the kids and families relying on the agency’s care. Today, as Northwoods’ Vice President, Protective Services, Rich is casting an even wider net—not only helping kids and families within one county, but all over the country. Rich serves as the voice for children and families and connector between Northwoods’ customers and employees. He focuses on providing a true partnership with customers, while growing Northwoods’ protective services team and guiding how we develop, implement, and support products aimed at helping social workers make a difference.


Kristi Burre
Deputy Director, Fairfield County Child and Adult Protective Services

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Kristi has worked in child protection for over 15 years as caseworker, supervisor, administrator, trainer, and director. She has provided coaching and consultation services throughout Ohio and other states in differential response, domestic violence, engagement, permanency, family-centered practice, group supervision, and organizational and change management. Her administrative leadership, advocacy, and commitment to protect children and elderly by strengthening families and promoting collaborative community-based interventions are the foundation of her practice.