"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."
Child Welfare; permanency and well-being; youth connections to supportive adults; strengthening families; racial equity; child welfare policy
Annette Semanchin Jones is an assistant professor who joined the UB School of Social Work faculty in August 2013. After earning a BA in English and Psychology from University of Notre Dame, she went on to the University of Minnesota to earn her MSW and PhD in Social Work, where she was the recipient of the Children’s Bureau’s National Quality Improvement Center on Differential Response in Child Protective Services Dissertation Award. Her dissertation examined the implementation of a differential response approach in child welfare, focusing on the impact of this approach on racial equity outcomes.
Semanchin Jones’ current research is focused on innovative approaches in child welfare that aim to strengthen child well-being and permanency. In working towards this aim, she has partnered with public and private child welfare organizations on projects such as promoting relational permanence for youth in foster care; strengthening supportive networks for vulnerable youth; identifying supports for families and children who experience chronic neglect; and building organizational capacity to implement evidence-based trauma treatments.
Semanchin Jones’ research and teaching are informed by her years of professional experience working with children and families. Her teaching interests include courses in social welfare history and policy, trauma-informed child welfare, and social services to children, youth and families.