Ilze Earner is an Associate Professor at the Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College and specializes in the field of family and children's services. In 1999 she founded the Immigrants and Child Welfare Project providing consulting, technical assistance and training on issues related to foreign-born populations and child welfare. Dr. Earner has been instrumental in raising awareness about the special needs of immigrant families, children and youth through her research, training and speaking engagements. She co-edited a special edition of the Journal of Child welfare "Immigrant and Refugee Families and Public Child Welfare" published by the Child Welfare League of America in September, 2005 with Dr. Hilda Rivera and recently co-edited a special issue of “Protecting Children”, a publication of the American Humane Society with Dr. Alan Dettlaff of the University of Illinois in 2008; Dr. Earner has published extensively on topics related to program and curriculum development about refugees, immigrants and human trafficking.
Dr. Earner is a consultant with the National Resource Center for Family Connections and Permanency, Bridging Refugee Youth and Children’s Services (BRYCS) of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Adolescent Services Resource Network in New York State (ASRN). From 2000-2007 she sat on the New York City Administration for Children's Services Sub-Committee on Immigrant Issues.
Dr. Earner received her Ph.D. from Columbia University and a Masters in Social Work from the California State University in Fresno. Dr. Earner lives with her family in upstate New York. In 2007 they were joined by her 90 year old mother – an experience profiled in Paula Span’s book “When the Time Comes”. Also in 2007 the Earners adopted an abandoned relative child from Latvia. Dr. Earner is an immigrant; she was born in a refugee camp in France.
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