Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
April 9 – 13, 2019




CWLA is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposal submissions for our 2019 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Meeting the Challenge of the Family First Prevention Services Act, to be held April 9 – 13 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. With the framework of the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare, this conference will highlight successful strategies and practices organizations and communities are using that can be leveraged to meet the challenges and opportunities of the Family First Prevention Services Act and help ensure that children and families flourish.

Both the CWLA National Blueprint and Family First Act are calling for a multisystem, community-based approach to protecting children and supporting families. We know many of you are already using and implementing strategies and practices that will accomplish the goals of the Family First Act as well as advance the CWLA National Blueprint.

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.

Selection Criteria:

  •  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.

Please review the sample submission form for required information. Submit at ONLINE PROPOSAL SUBMISSION.

Contact us at 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:  $285

Hotel Reservations

Hotel reservations must be made directly with the hotel. You can reserve by phone at 1-888-421-1442 or online at Hyatt Reservations. Room availability and special rates are guaranteed only until March 19, 2019, or until the space is filled.


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.


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