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CWLA 2018 NATIONAL CONFERENCE:

ADVANCING EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AND POLICY:
BUILDING RESILIENCE IN CHANGING TIMES

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
April 26 – 29, 2018

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Call for Proposals

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Call for Proposals

CWLA is accepting proposal submissions for presentations for our 2018 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Building Resilience in Changing Times. This conference will highlight how organizations are advancing excellence in child and family services in changing times and working toward creating the next century of service. We seek proposals that feature evidence-informed/evidence-based programs and practices and their related policies and tools that lead to the successful implementation of the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare.

For the 2018 National Conference, we want to build on learning and examine how organizations are responding to the challenges and opportunities presented by the priorities of the federal administration, and lay the groundwork for transitioning to CWLA’s second century of service in 2020. We would like to see proposals that demonstrate the resiliency in organizations, families, and communities in response to changing times.

Proposals should detail the ways that organizations in the United States and globally are responding to changes in funding, policies, and client needs through advocacy, community organizing, and service change. Presentations that show collaborative working relationships and partnerships within or across systems or with youth, families, and communities are especially welcome.

The presentation topic areas are organized within the context of the National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare.  Emerging issues that fall within these topical areas are of special interest.

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.

Quality Improvement
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.

Workforce
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.

Advocacy
Successful strategies and policies to promote supports and services that will benefit vulnerable children and youth, their families, and their communities.

Selection Criteria:

  • 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.

Requirements:

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.

PRIDE Strategies Exchange

The PRIDE Learning Collaborative will convene a Strategies Exchange on Saturday, April 28, 2018, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm in conjunction with the conference. The theme for the Strategies Exchange is consistent with the overall conference theme, Building Resilience in Changing Times. The focus is on strategies that have proven to be successful in achieving the five competence categories of the PRIDE Model of Practice: protecting and nurturing children; meeting developmental needs and addressing delays; supporting children’s relationships with birth families; connecting children to safe and nurturing relationships intended to last a lifetime; and working as a member of a professional team.

Representatives from PRIDE licensed agencies are cordially invited to submit proposals to share successful strategies for implementing the PRIDE Model of Practice. Presentations will be 30 minutes in length. Proposals should include achievements and challenges in the following areas:

  • Implementing one or more of the 14 steps of the PRIDE Model of Practice. The steps include: aligning resource parent role descriptions with agency vision and mission; conducting community resource family needs assessments; developing and implementing agency resource family recruitment programs; responding to inquiries; conducting at-home consultations; integrating preservice training and family assessment; matching resource families with children in care; implementing the family development plan; teeming with resource parents to achieve safety, well-being, and permanence for children; supporting resource parents; providing in-service training for resource families; ending agency relationships with resource parents.
  • Building child welfare worker/resource parent training teams
  • Securing agency leadership support for implementing the PRIDE Model of Practice

All submissions are due no later than Friday, August 11, 2017.  Submit your proposal online at PRIDE Strategies Exchange.

Contact Resilience2018@cwla.org for assistance.

Hotel & Travel

Conference Location and Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234
Conference Room Rate:  $249

Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations must be made directly with the hotel. You can reserve by phone at 1-888-421-1442. Room availability and special rates are guaranteed only until April 5, 2018, or until the space is filled.

Travel

The closest airport to the conference is Reagan Washington National Airport (DCA). A map of the area, driving directions, and ground transportation options are available at Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill.

Sponsorship

Make a lasting impression on child and family experts and advocates. Become a conference sponsor or sponsor a special event, food function, or conference item. For more information, please contact Resilience2018@cwla.org.

Platinum Sponsors — $50,000

  • Overall conference sponsor, with four complimentary conference registrations
  • Company logo on CWLA conference material and on the CWLA website, cwla.org (sponsor will be flagged as a Featured Partner)
  • Webinar opportunity
  • Special logo and name billing on signage
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Full-page ad space in the conference registration and final programs
  • Two “specialty advertisements” in the CWLA Networker, our twice-monthly e-brief
  • Logo on conference tote bag
  • Premium exhibit space
  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Tote bag insert
  • Logo on the sponsor page in the conference final program and conference webpage

Gold Sponsors — $25,000

  • Company logo on CWLA conference material and on the CWLA website, cwla.org
  • Two complimentary registrations
  • Special logo and name billing on signage
  • Logo on conference tote bag
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Full-page ad space in the conference registration and final programs
  • Exhibit space
  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Tote bag insert
  • Logo on sponsor page in the conference final program and conference webpage

Silver Sponsors — $15,000

  • Special logo and name billing on signage
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Half-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Discounted exhibit space
  • One complimentary conference registration
  • Tote bag insert
  • Logo on sponsor page in the conference final program and conference webpage

Bronze Sponsors — $10,000

  • Special logo and name billing on signage
  • Quarter-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Tote bag insert
  • Logo on sponsor page in the conference final program and conference webpage

Snack/Coffee Break — $7,500

  • Special logo and name billing on signage
  • Logo on sponsor page in the conference final program conference webpage
  • Tote bag insert

Business Card Flash Drive/USB – $5,000

  • Name and logo on business card
  • Logo on sponsor page in the conference final program and conference webpage

Conference Wi-Fi — $3,000 (multiple available)

  • Special logo and name billing on signage
  • Sponsor logo on Wi-Fi card distributed to conference attendees with password
  • Sponsor logo on Wi-Fi login page
  • Logo(s) on sponsor page in the conference final program and conference webpage

Friends of CWLA — $500+

This sponsorship covers general underwriting expenses that are needed to host this conference. A perfect add-on for conference vendors.

  • Special name billing on friends page in final program
  • Tote bag insert

We look forward to seeing you in Washington!

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