"My focus in on a new approach to child welfare called Family Assessment Response and its impact on families, specifically issues of racial equity and disparities. It directly impacts my teaching, encouraging future social workers to help build knowledge and advocate for equitable implementation of policies and programs that impact children and families."
Annette Semanchin Jones, arriving from the University of Minnesota School of Social Work, joined the UBSSW faculty in August 2013. After earning a BA in English and Psychology from University of Notre Dame, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude, Jones went on to the University of Minnesota to earn her MSW and PhD in Social Work. Her dissertation examined the implementation of a differential response approach in child welfare, focusing on the impact of this approach on racial equity outcomes; she was also the recipient of the prestigious National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services Dissertation Award. During her doctoral program, Jones served on the social work faculty as a community faculty and now at UBSSW continues to teach courses in social welfare history and policy, trauma-informed child welfare and social services to children and families. She also served as Co-PI and research assistant on several projects examining and evaluating innovative child welfare policies and practices.
Jones aims to continue in this vein of research, which highlights the importance of applying a racial equity lens for new social policies and practices to ensure equitable implementation for all families. She hopes to explore other innovative approaches that relate to child well-being in child welfare, such as promoting relational permanence for youth in foster care; evaluating the implementation of evidence-based trauma treatment; and identifying supports for families and children who experience chronic neglect. Jones has started building partnerships with local child welfare agencies to explore these very important topics as they relate to children in Western New York.