Speakers

Dr. Rawan Ibrahim

Assistant Professor, Department of Social Work - German Jordanian University (Jordan)

Her career began in residential care for severely abused children in Jordan. Upon completing her doctorate that examined pathways of young Jordanian adults transitioning from residential care to adulthood, she returned to Jordan and was appointed Project Director and Co-Investigator of the Community-Family Integration Teams (C-FIT). The C-FIT program was a multi-year UNICEF funded partnership with Columbia University and Jordan’s Ministry of Social Development.  Through the introduction of foster care to the Jordanian child welfare system, the program aimed to deinstitutionalize children in residential care homes. The project represents one of the first formal implementations of community-based alternatives to institutional care in the region. The foster care program is now implemented in three cities serving 200 children. 

Dr. Ibrahim continues to consult for the UNICEF Jordan Country Office, as well as other local and international organizations such as in Northern Iraq, Indonesia and Morocco on areas along the continuum of alternative care. She has been a member of the International Research Network on Transitions to Adulthood from Care (INTRAC) since 2006, and was recently re-elected to continue to be part of INTRAC’s executive committee. She was also invited to be a member of the International Advisory Board at the Institute for Inspiring Children’s Future in the University of Strathclyde. 

Her interests include preparation and post-care support of youth transitioning from substitute care to adulthood and implementation science.  Of particular focus are subgroups of young people in care such as those separated from families at birth, and at-risk and unwed young mothers. She completed her PhD at the School of Social Work in the University of East Anglia (Norwich, UK) in 2010.