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What is Digital Storytelling?
The ancient art of storytelling has recently gained new life through an unlikely partner: technology. Digital storytelling harnesses the power of digital tools to allow people to tell and archive important stories in exciting new ways.


Digital storytelling uses the available tools of the computer and Internet, and morphs it with words and narration, with the final outcome being an interesting multi-media mix of images and voice. We have used digital stories to enhance the quality of our supervisory learning circles. We have incorporated the voices of young people, child welfare workers and supervisors to highlight critical practice issues. The stories are told from personal points of view and reflect issues of permanency and preparation for adulthood services, supports and opportunities. We have made twenty digital stories with our project partners in New York City and Oregon.

Here are some of the New York Stories. If you are interested in obtaining DVD’s of all the stories, please contact Joan Morse at 212-452-7480 or jmorse@hunter.cuny.edu


Aurora Anderson, New York
Aurora’s story focuses on the power of the worker/youth relationship. The story is also highlights youth permanency and the importance of listening to young people.

Sasha Charles, New York
Sasha’s story reveals the importance of sibling relationships and visitation. She also talks about school and post secondary education.



Patty Cooper, Oregon
Patty uses her own life and career as the lens to understand the changes in service to young people in foster care.


Ember Dahl, Oregon
Ember talks about the importance of placement stability and school relationships.

Kim Dennis, New York
Kim reflects on her struggle as a worker when her young people are discharged from the foster care system.


Felicia Devine, New York
Felicia uses her social work career to reflect on the changes in preparing youth for adulthood. It highlights the importance of developing relationships with young people.


Adalgisa "Lisa" Diaz , New York
Lisa shares her determination in finding and developing a relationship with a young person on her caseload.


Diane Egger, Oregon
Diane shares her career as a life skills worker and talks about the life long connections that are built in these types of services.


Leslie Fuller, New York
Leslie’s story helps us understand that it is never too late for permanent family connection.


Erin Gladstone, Oregon
Erin talks about her work as a teen caseworker through the story of one of her cases.


Joshua Griggs, Oregon, 2007
Josh shares his journey through the foster care moving in and out of foster homes and school placements. He talks about school achievement, help from supportive adults, and youth engagement.


Joshua Griggs, Oregon, 2008
Josh helps us see the power of “youth voice” in changing both policy and in achieving personal goals. This is an excellent story to promote youth involvement in the CFSR and PIP process.


Giselle John, New York
Giselle helps us understand the importance of church connections in creating a circle of support that lasts beyond the foster care system.


Jessica Kartzmark, Oregon
Jessica talks about the importance of her foster parents and worker in supporting her throughout placement.


Erin Padula, New York
Erin’s story shares the struggles of a child welfare supervisor.


Matthew Rodriquez, New York
Matthew’s story reflects the trauma and loss experienced through foster care placement.


Amanda Sandoval, Oregon
Amanda helps us understand the initial placement struggles and the importance of friends, foster parents and workers in supporting goals.


Wesley Santos, New York
Wesley shares the day to day struggles and triumphs as a adolescent worker.


Katie Wyland, Oregon
Katie shares her relationship with one of her young people and struggles with building relationships and boundary issues.

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