Kaleidacare DemonstrationRoom: Virginia B 1:30 - 3:00 pm
Attend this session to see what the fastest growing child welfare software company can provide for your agency. You will see software solutions that can help you track clients, measure outcomes, streamline billing, manage documents, and provide and track online training. Everyone who attends will receive a free drink ticket to use at tonight's reception!
A4In the first line, the word "work-shop" should be one word (workshop)
A9change presenter: Joel Johnson, COO
A11:The 110th Congress has been a busy one, with a series of hearings on key child welfare issues including financing, health needs of children in care, youth aging out, and the over-representation of children of color in the system. Bills including legislation on kinship care, extending Medicaid to youth leaving foster care, extending the age of foster care funding, and fixing the current eligibility requirements for federal funding are being debated. Where does this leave us for 2008 and the next administration? Is there a White House Conference on Children and Youth in the future? What can we expect from Washington? This panel presentation includes a status report on the latest legislation, important reauthorizations such as the Child Abuse Prevention Treatment Act (CAPTA), and many other emerging issues. Participants will hear from Capitol Hill staff and Washington insiders.
A11Presenters: John Sciamanna, Codirector, Government Affairs, CWLA, Arlington, VA; Matt Weidinger, Staff Director, House Republicans, Washington, DC; Sonja Nesbit, Professional Staff Member, House Democrats, Subcommittee on Income Security and Family Support, Washington, DC; and Catherine Graham-Hildum, Professional Staff Member, Senate Democrats, Senate Education and Early Childhood Development, Washington, DC
A12Presenters: Jaia Peterson Lent, Public Policy and Outreach Director, Generations United, Washington, DC; Tiffany Conway, Policy Analyst, Child Welfare, Center for Law and Social Policy, Washington, DC; Branden McLeod, Government Affairs Associate, CWLA, Arlington, VA; and Jill Hunter-Williams, Legislative Director, Representative Danny K. Davis (D-IL)
LE1Facilitator: Phyllis A. Wallace, Nonprofit Partnerships & Management Institute, American Humanics, Kansas City, MO
Panelists: Christine James Brown, President & CEO, Child Welfare League of America, Arlington, VA; Edward P. Kelley, President & CEO, Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Boston MA; and Dr. William Pollard, Vice President, Office of Access and the Advancement of Public Black Colleges and Universities, National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges, Washington, DC
B5Presenters: Sue Heilman, Executive Director, Horizons for Homeless Children, Roxbury, MA
B10Presenters: Wayne Duehn, Professor, School of Social Work, University of Texas at Arlington, Arlington, TX; Adrianne Franklin, Executive Director, Neighbor To Family, Orlando and Daytona Beach, FL; Maritza LaSalle, Family Advocate and Foster Care Giver, Neighbor To Family, Daytona Beach, FL; and Gail Biro, Vice President, Neighbor To Family Policy and Program Development, Daytona Beach, FL
B11Presenters: Jeffrey S. Crowley, Senior Research Scholar, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Ken Olson, Chair, Public Policy Committee, Foster Family-Based Treatment Association and Regional Director, KidsPeace National Centers, Portland, ME; Jen Beeson, Codirector, Government Affairs, Families USA, Washington, DC; Laura Weidner, Government Affairs Associate, CWLA, Arlington, VA; and additional speakers TBA
B12Presenters: Jeffrey S. Crowley, Senior Research Scholar, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Ken Olson, Chair, Public Policy Committee, Foster Family-Based Treatment Association & Regional Director, KidsPeace National Centers, Portland, ME; Jen Beeson, Codirector, Government Affairs, Families USA, Washington, DC; Laura Weidner, Government Affairs Associate, CWLA, Arlington, VA; and additional speakers TBA
Fun NightTour Bus meets at the hotel's 24th Street entrance.
Karaoke Night is in the Maryland Room.
Movie Night is in the Virginia Room and features the short Demand and the feature film The Pursuit of Happyness staring Will Smith.
Meet with the Media: An Opportunity to Meet with Your Local Affiliates
To create visibility around the White House Conference and other policy priorities for children, the League has designated this day for you to meet with your local media affiliates in Washington. If you're interested, check in with Joyce Johnson, CWLA Director of Public Relations, in the media ready room, and she will help you contact your local media representative to set up a discussion. Media is a huge component in our strategy to shift our nations's priorities back toward children. CWLA will help you make this happen!
Mondaynoon-1:30 Light Fare in the Exhibit Hall
3:00-3:30 p.m. Snacks in the Exhibit Hall
6:30-8:00 p.m. Opening Night Reception in the Exhibit Hall.
Tuesday9:30-10:00 a.m. Grand Prize Drawing in the Exhibit Hall
C3Replaced Melanie Hackett, Professional Development Coordinator, with Ronda Gadd, TFM Program
C4For Cheri Hoffman, change "Student" to "Predoctoral Fellow."
C6Presenters: Anne Havalchak, Research Specialist, Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA; John Emerson, Education Advisor, Child Welfare Practice Improvement, Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA; and Melissa Smith, Foster Care Alumna and Graduate Student, American University, Washington, DC
C12Add the following to the front of the presenters lists: John Sciamanna, Codirector, Government Affairs, CWLA, Arlington, VA
Regional Caucus Room AssignmentsMid-Atlantic Region
Delaware, Washington DC, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin
Mountain Plains Region
Colorado, Kansas, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Wyoming
New England Region
Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia
Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawai'I, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Washington State
National RoundtablesDelete 6 (fundraising & development) and 8 (Hague Convention)
SS1 Tribal-State Collaboration for Native Children and FamiliesStrong, positive relationships of state and county child welfare agencies with tribal governments are critical to implanting the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and to best outcomes for Native children and families involved with the child welfare system. We will focus on challenges and accomplishments in this work, featuring partnerships in California and Washington State as examples, with time for participant sharing and discussion.
Moderators: Terry Cross, Executive Director, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Portland, OR, and John George, Senior Consultant, CWLA, Bellingham, WA
SS1A Collaboration in a Large County-Administered State: The California Indian Child Welfare WorkgroupThe first part of the session showcases partnership in California through a statewide workgroup involving about 55 tribal, county, and state staff who meet bimonthly to address ICWA issues across the state. Their initiatives, challenges, and accomplishments will be covered.
Presenters: Teresa Contreras, Chief, Office of Prevention, California DSS, Sacramento, CA; Percy Tejada, ICW Director, Dry Creek Rancheria of Pomo Indians, Healdsburg, CA; Theresa Sam, Assistant ICW Director, Santa Rosa Rancheria - Tachi-Yokut Tribe; and Loleta Garfield, ICW Director, Tule River Tribal Council, Porterville, CA
SS2Add the following presenter to the end of the list of presenters: Lyn Morland, MSW, MA, Senior Program Officer and Director; and Laura Gardner, MSW, LGSW, Technical Assistance Coordinator, Bridging Refugee Youth and Children's Services, Washington, DC
SS7The Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, in collaboration with the RFK Children's Action Corps of Massachusetts, is working with CWLA to change the dynamic between the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. This partnership seeks a more just society through helping disadvantaged children and youth. CWLA's Juvenile Justice Division is providing consultation, training, and technical assistance resources to implement systems integration, reform, and appropriate and effective responses to reduce juvenile delinquency and victimization. This work focuses on the connection between maltreatment and delinquency and effective multisystem approaches to achieve positive outcomes for this population of youth and their families. This super session examines CWLA-supported state and local initiatives engaged in child welfare and juvenile justice system reform and opportunities for expansion by public and private agencies and foundations. CWLA's initiative grew with federal legislation passed in 2002 and has been generously supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation since 2000. Congress is currently debating new juvenile justice legislation, including language to strengthen and expand this collaboration, and its implications for young people. In this session you will be updated on the status of the new legislation and discuss implementation strategies at the state and local level.
Presenters: Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, former Lieutenant Governor of Maryland and member of the Board of Directors of the RFK Memorial, Washington, DC; Edward Kelley, President and CEO of Robert F. Kennedy Children's Action Corps, Boston, MA; Tim Briceland-Betts, Codirector of CWLA Government Affairs, Arlington, VA; John Tuell, Director of Child Welfare - Juvenile Justice Systems Integration Initiative, CWLA, Arlington, VA; Janet Wiig, Director, CWLA Juvenile Justice Division and Senior Consultant, Phoenix, AZ; and Sorrel Concodora, Program Coordinator, CWLA Juvenile Justice Division, Arlington, VA
SS8Presenters: Khatib Waheed, Senior Fellow, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Washington, DC; Judge Patricia Clark, Chief Juvenile Judge, King County Superior Court, Seattle, WA; Dolores Jimerson, Director of Community Development, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Portland, OR; Robert B. Hill, Senior Researcher, Westat, Rockville, MD; Deborah A. Signer, Senior Analyst, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC; and Kimberly Siegal, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Washington, DC
LE4BAdd facilitator: Facilitator: Dana Wilson, Vice President, Membership and Program Services, CWLA, Arlington, VA
B12 Open Door Policy: Ensuring Access to Quality Health Care for Children in Foster CarePresenters: Jeffrey S. Crowley, Senior Research Scholar, Health Policy Institute, Georgetown University, Washington, DC; Ken Olson, Chairperson, Public Policy Committee, Foster Family-Based Treatment Association, and Regional Director, KidsPeace National Centers, Portland, ME; Laura Weidner, Government Affairs Associate, CWLA, Arlington, VA; and additional speakers TBA
A5 Giving Families a Second Chance: An Evaluation of Secondary PreventionCANCELLED
C4 Proposed Standards for Rural Cultural CompetenceAdditional Presenter: Cheri Hoffman, Student, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
B7 State Policies That Support Children in Kinship CareThis workshop will include information on how to access up to date information, resources, and technical assistance regarding the creation and implementation of effective model state policies that support children being raised by grandparents or other relatives.
Postconference Forum: International Roundtable for PRIDE Program Users
Conference HotelCancellations required at least 72 hours in advance or your credit card will be charged for one night's room, plus tax. Please note, this is a correction to early versions of the conference program PDF, which noted a 48-hour cancellation policy.
PS1 The Power of Accreditation: A Positive Change Agent for Public AgenciesCANCELLED
PS3 Puppy Love Can Be a Real Dog!CANCELLED
PS4 Life-Skills Training for Adolescents in Foster Care: Exploring the Influence of Resilience and Social SupportCANCELLED
PS6 Hitting the MARCCANCELLED