|Zelma S. Smith
Ms. Smith is the Director of Program Development and a trainer/consultant with the Child Welfare Institute. She is the principal developer of a national kinship educational group support program for relative care givers who are caring for children placed in their homes. She is involved with training staff to work with relatives, the licensing of states in the Model Approach to Partnerships in Parenting/Group Preparation and Selection, and training child welfare staff in the preparation and selection of prospective foster and adoptive parents. She is also a member of the National Kinship Care Advisory Committee. Her work experience includes residential treatment, child abuse and maltreatment and day care. She has been a field instructor and extension associate at Cornell University's Child Protective Training Institute and adoption training specialist with the Research Foundation of the State University of New York's Center for Development of Human Services. She has a Master of Social Work degree and 28 years experience in the field of child welfare.