About the Author & Founder
Jody Johnston Pawel is a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Family Life Educator, and second-generation parent educator. Jody has been involved in the child protective service field since being Wright State University’s Outstanding Social Work Graduate of 1981, specializing in child abuse research. As a caseworker, she was in the Sexual Abuse unit and on a multi-disciplinary community-based planning team. Since 1983, she has been training parents from the community, including protective service birth parents, foster parents and caseworkers. She has been on the training staff of the Ohio Child Welfare Training Program since 2002. Jody also serves as a parenting expert to the media worldwide and has created over 100 multimedia resources for parents and parent educators, including an award-winning book and the trauma-informed, research-based training curriculum Foster-Adoptive Parent's Toolshop®.
Jody has collected research findings, information on trauma-informed care, and the wisdom of countless foster-adoptive parents. She's compiled them into edu-taining workshops you can attend live online or through our evergreen online courses specifically for foster-adoptive parents.