For important work that has improved child welfare policy and practice, Professor Barbara Fallon of the Factor Inwentash Faculty of Social Work has received the President’s Impact Award.
“Children and families involved with the child welfare system have experienced violence, trauma, poverty and addictions, rooted in inequity,” Professor Fallon said. “It is with gratitude that I accept this award as we need to mobilize every resource available across multiple sectors to better understand our role in addressing these significant challenges.
“I am humbled to work in partnership with child welfare communities to advance the evidence around intervention and policy in service to children and their families.”
An internationally renowned researcher, Fallon's findings have informed organizations such as the United Nations and Canada's Senate Committee on Human Rights. Her research, which reveals stark disparities between Indigenous and non-Indigenous children and families in the child welfare systems, represents an important contribution to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action to improve child welfare data collection on First Nations, Metis and Inuit children, youth and families.