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December 9, 2015 — Exclusive Executive Web Briefing For Members Of The Leadership Council For Children’s Services

Children in the foster care system have very unique needs, including high levels of trauma, transiency, psychotropic medication use, and higher rates of hospitalization and readmissions. They are also subject to more “touch points,” interacting with foster families, biological and kinship relations, medical consenters, child protective services, judges, health care providers, child placing agencies, and advocacy groups, to name a few.

To meet these unique needs and better coordinate care for children in the foster care system, many provider organizations are turning to technology. From smartphone apps that help find placements for children, to e-communications for coordinating care, to remote service delivery via iPad – there are a number of new technologies that are improving care for this special population.

Join Paul Epp, Managing Director of Foster Care Technologies, LLC; Marquis Cabrera, Founder and CEO of Foster Skills; and Howard Shiffman, Senior Associate at OPEN MINDS for this exciting executive web briefing to hear how different technologies are influencing children’s services, and how these organizations have created innovative solutions to helping the foster care population.


The agenda for this exciting event will include:

  • An overview of technology in child welfare
  • Successful crowdsourcing efforts used in child welfare
  • Innovative technologies, like MyHome and ECAP, influencing the child welfare system

Featured Speakers

Marquis Cabrera, Founder & CEO, Foster Skills — Marquis is the Founder and CEO of Foster Skills, a social enterprise supported by Microsoft and AOL Co-Founder Steve Case that develops innovations intended to help state governments improve the child welfare system. He is also the Co-Founder and Chairman of, a healthcare startup disrupting primary care. Marquis worked at City Year, Massachusetts Appeals and Supreme Courts, and The White House. He also consulted in retail operations and corporate communications at Wayfair (NYSE: W) and worked for Wefunder – a Y-Combinator, Paul Graham-backed startup and helped to champion the Startup Jobs Act. Marquis has coached Black Startup, reweave, Krystal Board.

Marquis was the youngest to win Massachusetts Innovator (Boston Globe) and Massachusetts Young Nonprofit Professional (Massachusetts Nonprofit Networks) of the Year. He was a plenary speaker at the Opportunity Nation Conference, Boston Children’s Hospital Management Forum, United Way Youth Venture Kick-Off, and his TEDx talk at Columbia University on ‘How To Build a Social Enterprise’ received 20,000+ views. He has been featured in Reuters, NPR, and Forbes. Marquis blogs for Huffington Post, Harvard Business Review, and the StanfordSocial Innovation Review. Hillary Clinton nominated Marquis to attend the Air Force Academy, but he decided to follow his heart (aka his high school sweetheart) and study under the tutelage of Governor Dukakis and Chief Justice Ireland at Northeastern, where he graduated with high honors. He has been accepted to Harvard and Yale for graduate school.

Paul Epp, Managing Director, Foster Care Technologies, LLC — Paul Epp is the Managing Director for Foster Care Technologies, an innovative company that creates technology-based solutions for child welfare organizations. He has worked with child welfare specialists, researchers, business leaders, and technologists to help launch and develop ECAP, the company’s flagship product. As a teacher, a children’s media producer, and a software industry manager, he has dedicated much of his career pursuing projects that help children.

Howard Shiffman, Senior Associate, OPEN MINDS — Mr. Shiffman has over 30 years of successful organizational and business experience in human service fields including expertise in executive management, strategic planning, business development, finance, marketing, market intelligence research, fundraising, and board development. He has hands-on expertise that comes from successful management and consulting with a number of programs. Prior to joining OPEN MINDS Mr. Shiffman served as Chief Executive Officer of Griffith Centers for Children, a COA-accredited, full-service treatment program for severely troubled youth and their families. He also developed one of the first offense-specific sex offender program in the United States.

Registration for this executive web briefing has been provided at no charge courtesy of the Leadership Council For Children’s Services.

Unable To Attend? Still register! At the conclusion of the event, all registrants will receive a recorded copy of the executive web briefing and presentation slides — regardless of attendance.

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