Child Welfare League of America

Workshop Session A

A1 Creating a Trauma-Informed Child Welfare System: Using Best Practices to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families-Part I

This workshop is the first in a two-part series focusing on best practices for addressing trauma in the child welfare system. Child welfare and mental health systems often fail to recognize the full range of a child's traumatic experiences or the impact of these experiences on the child's thoughts, feelings, and behavior. In this first session, presenters will provide information documenting that emotional trauma can be a driving force in child behavior and have a dramatic impact on their experience of the child welfare system and their outcomes. Presenters will define a trauma-informed system and will outline nine essential elements of a trauma-informed child welfare system.
Presenters: Lisa Conradi, Project Manager, Chadwick Center for Children and Families, San Diego, CA; and Carly Dierkhising, Research Associate, National Center for Child Traumatic Stress, Los Angeles, CA

A2 Is Your Agency Structured For Success? Organizational Responses to Child Neglect

Examine what is known about successful interventions in chronic neglect, identify the organizational barriers to implementing effective practice, and consider strategies to realign service delivery to meet family needs. A case example encourages public and private participants to apply evidence-based principles and organizational concepts to their own agencies.
Presenters: Wendy Whiting Blome, Associate Professor, Catholic University of America School of Social Service, Washington, DC; and Sue D. Steib, Senior Consultant, Systems Improvement, Casey Family Programs, Jackson, LA

A3 Helping Grandfamilies: Supportive Policies & Programs for Kinship Families

Join us for a review of current policies and supportive programs to help kinship families. An overview of pending and newly enacted federal legislation in addition to implementation strategies will be provided. Participants will obtain information about model services to children being raised by grandparents or other relatives and learn how to access resource materials to help enhance their own programs.
Presenters: Jaia Peterson Lent, Deputy Executive Director, Generations United, Washington, DC; and Ken Bryson, Director, National Center on Grandfamilies, Washington, DC

A4 Early Childhood Partnership for Homeless Preschoolers

Quality early childhood education and care for homeless preschoolers and their siblings were undertaken in a collaboration comprised of eight county funders and providers. The Early Childhood Partnership provides a family-centered, comprehensive, integrated case management approach thanks to funding from three different entities. Learn how it happened!
Presenters: Thomas Papin, Director, Department of Children's Services, Hillsborough County Department of Children's Services, Tampa, FL; Rebecca Robbins, Manager, Administrative Service Organization, Children's Board of Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL; Luanne J. Panacek, CEO, Children's Board of Hillsborough County, Tampa, FL; and Louis Finney, Director, Hillsborough County, Head Start/Early Head Start Grantee, Tampa, FL

A5 Cultural Competence with Distressed Communities

Explore cultural competence in a mental health and community agency setting. Workshop participants will learn about issues facing diverse populations with particular emphasis on the needs of African American clients. Participants will examine issues that impede therapeutic success from a strengthsbased perspective.
Presenter: Juanita Benton, Family Psychologist, Minneapolis, MN

A6 Strategies, Support, and Success for Transitioning Foster Youth

Are you concerned about the many transitioning foster youth without housing, living wage employment, family or community, and access or support for higher education? Come learn about California's Family to Family strategy for transition-aged foster youth, Connected by 25 (CC25I). Hear how California counties can use CC25I to build a comprehensive continuum of supports and services, and learn about the outcomes framework in Web-based ETO software, which is key to self-evaluation and improving transition outcomes.
Presenter: James Anderson, Project Manager and Lyssa Trujillo, Youth Alumni Technical Assistant, California Connected by 25 Initiative-Annie E. Casey Foundation, San Jose, CA

A7 Interactive Technology and You

You've heard about blogs, podcasts, and social networking, but do you use these tools to foster the mission of your organization? Participants will leave this workshop with a better understanding of how properly applied Web 2.0 tools can help organizations, children, and families working within the foster care system.
Presenters: Alexandra Buczek, Manager, Online Marketing and Emerging Media, National Adoption Center, Philadelphia, PA; and Christine Jacobs, Director, Regional Operations, National Adoption Center, Philadelphia, PA

A8 Public-Private Partnerships: Teen Adoptions

A public-private partnership can improve outcomes for waiting teens. This workshop presents successful models and reports outcomes resulting from a 25-year partnership. Focus is on the use of specialized adoption services to achieve Protect Ohio outcomes. Participants begin to think outside the box with regard to how private and public agencies can partner to achieve permanency, learn techniques to promote outcomes, explore common issues, and develop a framework for avoiding problems.
Presenters: Kathy Franz, Associate Director, Northeast Ohio Adoption Services, Warren, OH; and Penny Ray, Division Manager of Children's Services, Portage County Department of Job & Family Services, Ravenna, OH

A9 Reinventing Residential Treatment: National Trends

Come and examine the national trends related to transforming residential treatment from a single stand-alone service to evidencebased, outcomes-driven services within a continuum of services for youth.
Presenter: Jeffrey Bormaster, Senior Director, Special Projects, CWLA, Palm Springs, CA

A10 Developing an Organizational Culture that Nurtures Leaders

Creating an environment that nurtures leaders involves a challenge of connecting approaches. This session will discuss the strategies and structures needed to reach this goal; what CEOs need to embrace this priority; and how your management team can successfully connect with community resources. This workshop will continue into the next session as B10.
Facilitators: Edward Kelley, CEO, RFK Children's Action Corp, Boston, MA; Christine James-Brown, President & CEO, CWLA, Arlington, VA; and James Phills Jr., Director of Stanford University Center for Social Innovation, Stanford, CA (invited)

A11 Data: More than a Four-Letter Word

This workshop provides information on maximizing program success using the National Data Analysis System. In addition to a demonstration of features, there will be an opportunity to assist the NDAS team in charting the course of NDAS' future.
Presenter: Connie Hayek, Director, NDAS, CWLA, Arlington, VA

A12 The Legislative Future of Home Visiting Programs and the Education Begins at Home Act: A Family Strengths-Based Approach

Annual data indicates that 40% of the nearly 900,000 children found to be abused and neglected never receive follow-up services. In some instances, home visitation could help to address this need. Home visitation services have been effective in stabilizing at-risk families by having nurses, professionals, or other trained members of the community conduct regular visits for prenatal care, positive parenting practices, enhanced school readiness, or increased self-sufficiency. Home visiting legislation was most recently introduced in last year's 110th Congress, and both the House and Senate bills have bipartisan support. Capitol Hill staff and home visitation advocates will discuss the advantages of this program during this workshop.
Presenters: YaMinco Varner, Government Affairs Associate, CWLA, Arlington, VA; and program experts and Congressional staff TBA

A13 Crisis Centers as a Prevention Tool

How do you keep youth out of the system? This workshop explores the services, legislation, and attitude needed to offer family- friendly services that effectively intervene in crisis situations. Crisis centers across Wyoming offer families the opportunity to receive help without any strings, hidden agendas, or formal agency involvement.
Presenters: Sharon Weber, Director, Cathedral Home for Children, Laramie, WY; Sabrina Ochoa, Coordinator, Laramie Youth Crisis Center, Laramie, WY; Dan Wilde, Deputy Director, Wyoming Department of Family Services, Cheyenne, WY

A14 Substance Abuse and Child Welfare: An Overview of the Issues and Models of Reform

This session will provide information on national trends and current efforts in providing services to families affected by substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare system and family courts. The presenter will review common barriers and strategies for linking court, treatment, and child welfare and will introduce different models of collaborating. Collaboration that integrates evidence-based practices within substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and the courts can lead to positive outcomes for families. Information on systems level policy and practice models developed also will be discussed.
Presenters: Nancy K. Young, Director, National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, Irvine, CA

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