Sociologist, senior policy analyst at Institute for Human Services, Columbus, Ohio since June 2018, a visiting senior lecturer at ELTE Budapest University Law Faculty post graduate courses, chair of the Family Child Youth Association in Budapest, Hungary will have one of the kick off presentations about Kinship care in worldwide context. She has been doing research on child welfare, child protection and on child rights, family matters for more than 30 years, author of several books, book chapters and journal articles. She has been teaching child welfare and protection at different university courses since 1983. Maria is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences and in the media. Maria was a a member of the of the UNCRC Committee between 2007-2015 and president of Eurochild 2009-2015. She has been the president of the Executive Committee of Child Rights Connect since 2019. Dr. Herczog has been working with UNICEF, Council of Europe, WHO as a temporary scientific expert for many years.

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