The RAFT blended learning experience was developed by the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department- Protective Services-Foster and Adoption Bureau. Many individuals have contributed their expertise, vision, creative abilities, and support to the development of the Relative, Adoptive and Foster Parent Training curriculum over the years. All contributors have enriched the RAFT process. For information about the website and new RAFT process please contact Isela Burciaga

Raft Blended Learning Development Team

Isela BurciagaIsela Burciaga (content specialist) is a licensed Masters Social Worker and currently serves as the Foster Care and Adoption Bureau Chief for the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families, Protective Services. Since beginning her career in child welfare, a few of her roles include, Statewide Recruitment Manager, liaison for the Mountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center and Protective Services, Statewide In-Home Services Coordinator, In Home Services and Permanency Planning Supervisor, Clinical Consultant and direct field practice. Isela is also a graduate of STEP: The Data Leaders and Quality Improvement Course. Ms. Burciaga has been working in the field of child welfare and child protection for over 22 years and holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Social Work from New Mexico Highlands University.

Dominic CappelloDominic Cappello (developer and designer) is the strategist at Safety+Success — a socially engaged design and strategic planning firm. He is currently leading the development of the STEP Data Leaders and Quality Improvement Initiatives in New Mexico and Connecticut, funded by Casey Family Programs. He worked for the NM Department of Health’s Epidemiology and Response Division and the NM Protective Services-Research, Assessment and Data Bureau. He has a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with an emphasis in Language and Communication from Regis University. Dominic is the co-author of the Ten Talks book series on family safety that gained a national audience, and a place on the New York Times bestseller list, when he appeared on Oprah discussing the art of communicating about tough topics.

Camille HancockCamille Hancock (content specialist) is a licensed Masters Social Worker and the Director of the Family and Child Welfare Training Project with New Mexico State University. The project oversees 3 major conferences (Foster Parent, Adoptive Families and Independent Living Youth); RAFT; Foster Parent Mandated Training; Co-facilitates Foundation of Practice and Foundations of Leadership; and the Scholar Program with the School of Social Work. Prior to NMSU, Camille worked with CYFD for 18 years. 13 of those as a Supervisor in various capacities; Investigations, Placement and Adoptions, In-Home Services and Permanency Planning. Her passion has been in the area of training and ensuring that participants walk away with the necessary skills to achieve greater outcomes for children and families.

Sarah MeadowsSarah Meadows (Evaluation and Survey Design) has a MSW from NMSU and a BA in Psychology from the College of Santa Fe. Sarah works as a Data Evaluation Specialist for the Protective Services Research Assessment and Data Bureau, serving as a STEP Data Leaders instructor, and is supporting development of STEP materials and resources. She previously worked as a Senior Investigator and brings to STEP a perspective from the field. Her interest is in how data can inform policy and empower individuals at every level to facilitate positive change.

This course includes content inspired by and adapted from the following sources:

Safety+Success Communities-Parent Education

Ten Talks Parents Must Have with their Children about Violence by Dominic Cappello

P.A.T.H. Parents As Tender Healers: Training Resource Center Spaulding for Children

Pride Augmentation Curriculum

New Mexico Basic Core

Alaska Center for Resource Families

State of Alaska DHSS, OCS

2005 Child Welfare Training Institute

Child Information Gateway

The Foster Care and Adoption Resource Center

New Mexico State University: Family and Child Welfare Training and Research Project

New Mexico Protective Services Basic CORE Curriculum

Protective Services Specialty Placement Curriculum

American Academy of Pediatrics

American Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Center on Sexual Assault, Alberta University

Child Trauma Academy

Children’s Service Practice Notes, NC

Institute for Attachment and Child Development

Juvenile Justice Bulletin: U.S. Department of Justice

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

National CASA

National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice

National Child Trauma Network

National Institute of Mental Health