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In The Spirit of Family

Since 2003, Children's Service has partnered with a respected authority on family issues, WHYY's Dr. Dan Gottlieb of Voices in the Family, to host In the Spirit of Family. This series of highly-attended and well-received quarterly events focus on topics relevant to families and children.

In the Spirit of Family is a live panel discussion with audience participation held in the WHYY Civic Space and other venues in the Delaware Valley. The event is webcast, and is taped so that it may be included in future programs of Voices in the Family. Topics addressed have included - "Including the Special Needs Child," "The Diverse Spectrum of Parenting," and "Keeping the Lines of Communication Open with Teens."

Panel Discussion Topics for 2008 - 2009 year include:

Special Education Policy: Future Trends and Challenges
(June 1st, 2009)
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In 1975, the U.S. Congress passed the Education for All Handicapped Children Act (EHA) guaranteeing a free and appropriate education to all children in the United States between the ages of 3 and 21. Today, millions of children are receiving special educational services, and the population is changing rapidly. Many have learning disabilities or behavioral problems.

Dr. Dan Gottlieb and panelists will take a look at different challenges facing children, parents and schools: family legal rights, inclusion versus specialized education, trends affecting special education today and policy changes that would make special education more efficient.

PQAS and ACT 48 accreditation is available for Pennsylvania educators.

The event is made possible in part by The Thomas Scattergood Behavioral Health Foundation.


The Universal Language of Grief
(January 21st, 2008)

Monitoring Kids' Media
(November 26th, 2007)

Children and Mental Illness:
(September 17, 2007)

Siblings: Adult Children, Adult Relationships
(July 2, 2007)