Presentation Topic Areas:
Shared Responsibility and Leadership
Successful examples of bringing families, individuals, organizations, and communities together to assure the safety and well-being of children and youth. This includes community-driven accomplishments/successes and collaborative approaches with collective impact.
Engagement and Participation
Successful examples of engaging children, youth, and families to promote family success and build community capacity. Special interest in engaging youth, fathers, and the faith-based community, and in projects that use culturally appropriate strategies to engage and respond to children, youth, and families.
Supports and Services
Successful strategies for providing services to parents and families to support them in caring for their children and preventing the unnecessary separation of children from their families— and if they must be separated, to help the family safely and quickly reunite as appropriate.
Successful strategies to meet children’s needs across the age spectrum— in particular for children who have had traumatic experiences, such as trafficking, mental health issues, drug exposure, homelessness, or abuse and neglect, or experience cultural or gender identity issues.
Successful strategies to meet the needs of kinship providers, foster and adoptive parents respond to the complex needs of the children and youth they serve.
Successful strategies that bring together multiple systems to address the needs of youth in multiple systems (child welfare and juvenile justice, child welfare and homeless, etc.). This includes community driven accomplishments/successes, collaborative approaches with collective impact.
Successful strategies to meet the social service needs of unaccompanied minors and/or cross border child protection issues including, kinship care and adoption.
Successful strategies to build organizational and community capacity to design and implement supports and services based on evidence and knowledge. A special interest in research and policy/practice partnerships.
Successful strategies to ensure that the workforce consists of competent, skilled people that are committed to high quality services. A special interest in successful strategies for addressing the impact of secondary traumatic stress, offering leadership development activities, involving people with experience as service recipients, and use of technology to support frontline workers.
Race, Ethnicity and Culture
Successful strategies to understand and promote equity; cultural humility; and strong racial, cultural and ethnic identity. Special interest in strategies for preventing separation of LGBTQ children from their families and communities; responding to the new ICWA regulations; serving immigrant children and families; and helping staff, parents and resource families respond to cultural differences in the population.
Funding and Resources
Successful strategies to advance the funding and resources principle including: leveraging TANF, Medicaid and other resources on behalf of children in the child welfare system and developing public private partnerships on behalf of meeting the needs of children, youth, and families.
Successful strategies and policies to promote supports and services that will benefit vulnerable children and youth, their families, and their communities.
- Relevance to the conference theme, special populations, and organizations and individual in/outside the formal child welfare system
- Alignment with topical areas
- Engaging format, including use of handouts and PowerPoint presentations
- Innovation and originality
- Ability to be replicated and adapted within other communities, systems, and practice areas
- Explanation and/or examples of procedures and tools for implementation
- Demonstrated commitment to cultural humility
- Relevance for the target audience
- Preference for CWLA members who meet the above criteria and for presentations that include parental partners and youth advocates/presenters.
Presentation proposals must include a session description, an abstract of the session presentation that could be used for the conference brochure and a brief biographical summary for each presenter. Proposals must include the outcomes information and level of evidence, tools, and resources.
The 2018 conference will provide a variety of learning options for conference attendees. This includes traditional 90-minute workshops, 60-minute learning labs, 30-minute poster sessions, and 3-hour super sessions. The learning labs are designed to share something very specific and should include no more than two presenters. Poster sessions are designed for an overview presentation by one presenter. Please indicate whether you are proposing a super session, workshop, learning lab, or poster session. Workshop proposals will not be combined into super sessions.
The selected presenters must agree in writing to conduct their presentations regardless of the number of attendees pre-registered for the session, to provide an electronic copy of any handout materials for their presentation for possible publication/posting post conference on the CWLA website, and to bring with them to their presentation paper copies of handouts in a quantity sufficient for their session participants.
We generally receive two to three times more proposals than we are able to accept. The conference planning committee and CWLA staff will use the selection criteria and the goal of having a good mix of presentations based on practice area, geography and experience of presenters.
Presenters will be expected to register for the conference at a discounted rate and pay their own expenses.
All submissions are due no later than Friday, August 11, 2017.
Please review a copy of the online submission form for required information.
Submit your proposal online at 2018 Presentation Proposal Submissions.
Contact Resilience2018@cwla.org for assistance.