We are seeking proposals that feature evidence-informed/evidence-based programs and practices and their related policies and tools that lead to the successful implementation of the National Blueprint.
Specific to the conference theme, we are looking for proposals that focus on:
- Effective strategies and practices to strengthen families for:
- Prevention and intervention of children coming into care
- For successful reunification/permanency
- For post-adoption support
- Effective strategies for determining and implementing a comprehensive array of services to meet the needs of the population of children and families to be served
- Transformation of residential care/treatment services
- Successful collaborations with the other related systems (such as substance abuse, mental health, juvenile justice, prevention, child care)
- Refocusing resources in agencies and organizations to respond to shifting climate/changes in service delivery (e.g., financing, business, culture)
- Effective strategies related to research, evaluation, and data to meet the criteria for programs to be well-supported, supported, or promising
- Advocacy/leadership strategies to ensure legislation, funding, and policies for effective implementation of the Family First Act
Detailed information about the National Blueprint’s principles and their related standards are available at National Blueprint Executive Summary.
- Relevance to the conference theme and alignment with focus areas especially as it relates to Family First Act
- Engaging format, including use of handouts and PowerPoint presentations
- Innovation and originality; demonstrated leadership in advancing effective strategies, programs, and practices
- Ability to be replicated and adapted within other communities, systems, and practice areas
- Preference for CWLA members who meet the above criteria
- Special consideration for proposals that include the voices of children and families with lived experiences with the organization’s services as co-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 conference will provide a variety of learning options for conference attendees. This includes traditional 90-minute workshops, 60-minute learning labs, and poster session presentations. The learning labs are designed to share something very specific and should include no more than two presenters. Poster sessions are designed as a special interactive and engaging presentation to share information on a specific topic. We will be selecting a limited number of poster session presentations. Please indicate whether you are proposing a workshop, learning lab, or poster session.
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 presentation materials and handouts for possible publication/posting pre- and post-conference on the conference app and/or 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, July 27, 2018.
Contact us at CWLA2019@cwla.org for assistance.