Date : February 25, 2005

Date : 109 Atkinson College, York University, Toronto, Canada

8:00-8:45: Registration

8:45: Welcome

9:00- 10:15 Keynote, Karen Swift (York) “Manufacturing “Bad Mothers”: A Critical Perspective on Child Neglect”

10:15- 10:30 Break

10:30- 11:45: Changes and Challenges in the Mothering Role: Adoption, Fostering and Co-Mothering

Sandra Jarvie, social researcher and Vice President of the Canadian Council of Natural Mothers, “Social Work Theory and Practice in connection with Mothers’ Surrender to Adoption”

Judy Martin, author of Foster Family Care and the co-authorof Child Welfare Services, “Women Raising Foster Children: Who are They, Really?

11:45- 12:00 Break

12:00- 1:15 Abuse and Violence

Rachael Crowder, Carleton University, “Mothering and Sibling Sexual Abuse: Findings from the Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect, 1998.”

Marian Anderberg, University of British Columbia, “Women’s Reflections on Domestic Violence”

Irene A. White, Memorial University, “Navigating Mothering Through the System: Women’s Experiences of the Public Institutionalised Support System in Newfoundland and Labrador”

1:15-2:30 Lunch (on your own)

2:30-3:30 Work and Mothering

Justyna Sempruch, Basel University, Switzerland,” ‘Spaced out’: The politics of private emotions, toy schedules and who has time to play?”

Luann Good Gingrich, University of Toronto, “Women’s Work”

3:30- 3:45 Break

3:45-5:00 The Mother and Social Worker Relationship

Sharon Wexler, McGill University, “Is anyone listening?”

Merlinda Weinberg, Carleton University, “The mother menagerie: The socialwork relationship with young single mothers.”

Linda Davies and Julia Krane, McGill University, ” Developing mothering narratives in Child Welfare”

5:00-5:15 Break

5:15- 6:15: Addressing Health Issues from a Mother-Centred Perspective: Mental Illness and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome

Tracy-Anne Northey, social worker, ” The eclipsing of mothers within the discourse of Fetal alcohol syndrome: Towards a framework for services”.

6:15-8:00 Reception