CWLA 2019 NATIONAL CONFERENCE

ADVANCING EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AND POLICY: MEETING
THE CHALLENGE OF THE FAMILY FIRST PREVENTION SERVICES ACT

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

Overview

The CWLA 2019 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Meeting the Challenge of the Family First Prevention Services Act, will 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 multi-system, community-based approach to protecting children and supporting families. The conference will feature evidence-informed/evidence-based programs and practices and their related policies and tools that will accomplish the goals of the Family First Act and lead to the successful implementation of the National Blueprint.

Session presentations will focus on effective strategies and practices to: strengthen families; implement a comprehensive array of services; transform residential care/treatment services; engage in successful collaborations with other related systems; refocus resources to respond to changes in service delivery; develop data/evaluation for programs to be well-supported, supported, or promising; and advance policies/funding to effectively implement the Family First Act.

This exciting conference is a prime opportunity for you to reconnect with your practice and policy colleagues from around the country and to interact with national-level representatives who are focused on improving outcomes for children, youth, and families. It is designed to encourage cross-system, cross-sector, and local to national communication about critical issues related to children and families.

The conference will feature Advocacy Day activities; special learning opportunities for public sector staff members; exciting plenary keynote speakers; workshops, learning labs, and poster sessions; an extended learning opportunity in our post-conference Training Institute; and a special post-conference Global Session (see call for presentations below).

The uniqueness of the CWLA National Conference is that it provides an opportunity for people from every state; public and private providers from child welfare and other fields of service; corporations, advocates, educators, caregivers, and youth to come together and share learning based on our common vision of a better future for all children.

REASONS TO ATTEND:

  • Experience exceptional learning
  • Hear outstanding speakers and presentations
  • Meet your Members of Congress
  • Make YOUR voice heard – Promote child welfare policy priorities
  • Network with colleagues and peers
  • Advance excellence in child and family services
  • Share ideas and wisdom on strengthening families
  • Learn about successful prevention and intervention programs
  • Visit attractions in our nation’s capital

We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC! Contact us at CWLA2019@cwla.org for assistance.

Schedule

Tuesday, April 9

12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Registration

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CWLA Members Leadership Session

Wednesday, April 10

8:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Special Session

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Opening Plenary Session

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Networking Lunch & Advocacy/Policy Briefing

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Workshops A

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Coffee Break

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Learning Labs B

5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Learning Labs C

6:15 pm – 7:30 pm
Opening Reception in Exhibit Hall

Thursday, April 11

7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Registration

7:30 am – 8:45 am
Annual Meeting Breakfast

7:30 am – 8:45 am
Breakfast in Exhibit Hall – Poster Sessions

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Workshops D

10:45 am – 12:15 pm
Plenary Session – Advocacy

Thursday, April 11 (cont.)

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm
Box Lunch – Meet-up for Hill Visits – Poster Sessions

12:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Capitol Hill Visits
___________

1:15 pm – 2:45 pm
Public Sector-Focused Workshops E

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Public Sector-Focused Workshops F
___________

4:45 pm – 5:30 pm
Call to Action

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Networking Reception in Exhibit Hall – Poster Sessions

Friday, April 12

7:00 am
Breakfast On Your Own

7:30 am – 4:00 pm
Registration

8:00 am – 9:00 am
Learning Labs G

9:15 am – 10:45 am
Plenary Session – Panel

11:00 am – 12:30 pm
Workshops H

12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Closing Lunch Plenary Session

2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Training Institute Sessions

Saturday, April 13

7:30 am
Breakfast On Your Own

8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Training Institute Sessions (continued)

Global Session

POST CONFERENCE SPECIAL SESSION
Strengthening Families: Moving to a Global Perspective

April 12-13, 2019
Washington, DC

CWLA is pleased to announce that we are accepting proposal submissions for short round table presentations at a special post conference session immediately following the CWLA 2019 National Conference. The theme of the special session is to explore how a global perspective can support the transition to more inclusive, family-centered models and service designs that are aligned with the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare as well as the goals of the Family First Prevention Services Act. The session is an opportunity for U.S.-based child welfare researchers, practitioners, and advocates who have worked in countries outside of the United States to share (1) key findings from their work that could help support the transition to a more inclusive, family-centered system; and (2) their perspectives on the value of working globally. Approaches selected to inform the discussions in the special session should be promising programs or practices that have been shown to be effective in their country of origin. Services that address poverty and unemployment along with material hardship are welcome. Economic, employment, and occupational ladders and related anti-poverty suggestions are recommended for families struggling with poverty. Strategies that include parental leadership and multi-system engagement can lead to a more collaborative, community-based child welfare system.

The special session is part of an ongoing movement to transition to family-strengthening and supportive child protection interventions and will be followed by a Global Conference on Child Protection in connection with the CWLA National Conference in 2020. The objective of this special session is to inspire a more global perspective in child protection and child welfare policies and programs in the United States. Successful presentations should be supported by handouts describing the program or service model that will be more broadly distributed.

Specific to the theme of the special session, we are looking for proposals regarding programs outside the United States that focus on:

  • Effective strategies and practices to strengthen families
  • Transformation of residential care/treatment services
  • Successful collaborations in communities that strengthen families and keep children safe
  • Collaborations between poverty-reduction and health-promotion activities

Additional Selection Criteria:

  • Relevance to the theme of the special session
  • Engaging format, including use of handouts and PowerPoint presentations
  • Amount of experience presenters have working outside the United States

Requirements:

Presentation proposals must include a presentation description, an abstract of the presentation that could be used for the conference brochure, and a brief biographical summary for the presenter. Proposals must include outcomes information and level of evidence, tools, and resources.

The selected presenters must agree in writing, 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 the special session participants.

We anticipate that we will receive substantially more proposals than we are able to accept. We 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 special session and pay their own expenses. They will be eligible to register for the full CWLA conference at a discounted rate.

Prospective presenters should submit a proposal of not more than two pages to MemberServices@cwla.org by October 31, 2018. Proposals should clearly identify the topic, methods, outcomes, and practice or policy implications of the proposed approach. Each proposal should include the name of the presenter, institutional affiliation, and email address.

Successful proposals will be notified of the invitation to present at the special session on April 12-13, 2019, by December 1, 2018.

Advocacy

JOIN US FOR ADVOCACY DAY 2019 AND GO TO THE HILL!

Thursday, April 11

CWLA members and conference participants will have an opportunity to take the information and learning from the Wednesday Policy Luncheon, various workshop sessions, and Thursday morning Advocacy Plenary to go to Capitol Hill and meet their Senators and House Members. Thursday, April 11, from 12:30 pm–4:30 pm, will be our dedicated time for Capitol Hill visits. The conference hotel is only a short distance away from Capitol Hill offices—just a brief walk or quick ride to reach your Senators and Representatives—making it easy for you to share your constituent voices without missing important conference programming.

The most important thing you can do while you’re at the conference is promote child welfare priorities on Capitol Hill! 2019 will see the first opportunity for states to implement the Family First Prevention Services Act—and it will be the beginning of a new Congress. The new Congress will need to focus on the need for a new budget deal, what will happen next on health care, how to implement the Family First Act, extending the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), and dealing with expiring child welfare waivers. It will be more important than ever to make your voices heard.

CWLA staff will provide instructions and information so that you can set up meetings with your members of Congress and Senators before you come to Washington. Meeting with your members of Congress or their key staff is incredibly important—especially in times like these, with the opioid epidemic impacting children and families, 2019 being the first year of a new Congress, and continuing interactions with the Trump Administration. Even if you don’t meet with members of Congress themselves, their staff members are their closest advisors and can heavily influence decisions. Value every moment with them!

In 2017 and 2018, CWLA was in the fight: the Affordable Care Act, extending Home Visiting and CHIP, fighting Medicaid block grants and budget cuts, and much more! What will the challenges be in 2019? What will be your role?

Join us on Capitol Hill for Advocacy Day. Your voice is powerful when you share it in person!

Training Institute

TRAINING INSTITUTE

 Friday, April 12 – 2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Saturday, April 13 – 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The two-day Training Institute offers an extended learning opportunity for conference attendees. Select the “Premium” Full Conference Registration to participate in an additional day and a half of exceptional educational offerings. The Training Institute sessions will provide you with an opportunity for in-depth learning on focused topics such as:

Trauma-Informed Parenting in a Digital World

Achieving Accreditation to be a Qualified Residential Treatment Program

Using Group Facilitation to Address Secondary Traumatic Stress and Worker Wellness

Reunification Implications for Older Youth in Care

More details coming soon…

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.

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. There is an opportunity for every organization and budget!

This year, we will again feature our exciting Conference Mobile Event App, with advertising options that assure increased impressions and exposure for our sponsors and help maximize your brand awareness with our attendees. Check out all the features to enhance your visibility!

For more information, contact us at CWLA2019@cwla.org.

CONFERENCE SPONSOR OPTIONS

ALL CONFERENCE SPONSORS RECEIVE:

  • Company logo on sponsor page in conference programs
  • Recognition on conference e-communications and website
  • Company logo and name billing on conference signage
  • Insert for conference tote bags
  • Company listing on conference mobile event app

Additional Benefits for Conference Sponsorship!

BRONZE SPONSOR $10,000

  • Exhibit booth discount (50%)
  • Quarter-page ad space in the conference final program

SILVER SPONSOR $15,000 

  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Exhibit booth
  • Half-page ad space in the conference final program

GOLD SPONSOR $25,000 

  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Upgraded exhibit booth (Premium)
  • Full-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Banner ad on conference mobile event app

PLATINUM SPONSOR $50,000

  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Upgraded exhibit booth (Premium)
  • Full-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Special recognition in three conference e-blasts
  • Banner ad on conference mobile event app
  • Premium sponsor listing on event app (includes logo, website and social media links)
  • Webinar opportunity

COFFEE/SNACK BREAK SPONSOR $10,000

  • Exhibit booth discount (50%)
  • Quarter-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Company logo and name billing on meal function signage

BREAKFAST OR LUNCH SPONSOR $15,000

  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Half-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Exhibit booth
  • Company logo and name billing on meal function signage

RECEPTION SPONSOR $25,000 

  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Upgraded exhibit booth (Premium)
  • Full-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Special recognition in a conference e-blast
  • Company logo and name billing on meal function signage

TOTE BAGS SPONSOR $10,000

  • Company logo on conference tote bags

WI-FI SPONSOR $7,500 

  • Company logo on Wi-Fi cards distributed to attendees with password

FLASH DRIVES/USB SPONSOR $5,000

  • Company logo on business card style flash drives/USB

LANYARDS SPONSOR – $3,500

  • Company logo on conference name badge lanyards

Add-On Sponsor Options for Conference Mobile Event App!

Conference Sponsors can enhance their visibility and promote brand awareness by selecting a mobile event app advertising option.

MOBILE EVENT APP SPLASH PAGE $1,500

  • Company logo on full screen display when mobile event app is launched or refreshed

MOBILE EVENT APP CUSTOM ICON $3,000

  • Company logo as an icon on home screen on mobile event app

MOBILE EVENT APP BANNER ADS $1,500

  • Rotating advertisement displayed at top of screen on mobile event app

MOBILE EVENT APP PREMIUM BANNER ADS $2,500

  • Extend your banner advertisement’s viewing time on mobile event app

MOBILE EVENT APP PREMIUM SPONSOR LISTING $1,500

  • Enhanced company listing can include logo, images, website and social media links, brochures, and more

Contact us at CWLA2019@cwla.org for more information or to discuss which sponsor opportunities work best for your organization!

Exhibiting & Advertising

Exhibiting

Meet face-to-face with CEOs, administrators, workers, researchers, advocates, and caregivers who are eager to explore new thinking and new products. As a bonus, CWLA exhibitors also receive the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists for marketing, and are listed on our conference mobile event app.

Exhibiting is an easy and economical way to share your company brand and products. The exhibit hall is the hub of the conference, featuring meal functions including breakfast, lunch, a coffee break, and two receptions. Special activities, raffles, and prize giveaways also drive excitement and traffic to and through the exhibit hall!

Past exhibitors who have experienced success at our conference include software companies, publishers, insurance brokers, banks, trainers, accreditors, member and non-member agencies, and other organizations with a message for child and family professionals and leaders. Exhibiting at CWLA is easy, effective, and rewarding.

Interested in sponsoring the overall conference, a coffee break, tote bags, flash drives, or lanyards? Check out our Sponsorship Opportunities. We have options for every organization and budget!

Special Events in the Exhibit Hall:

  • Coffee Break
  • Meal Functions
  • Two Networking Receptions
  • Raffles and Prizes Giveaways

Exhibit Fees (per 8′ x 10′ space):

  • $1,550 for Premium Exhibitor (high-traffic space)
  • $1,295 for General Exhibitor
  • $1,095 for CWLA Member Organizations

Includes:

    • 8′ x 10′ space with standard booth drapery
    • 6′ x 2′ draped table
    • 2 side chairs
    • A complimentary registration for one exhibit staffer with access to all conference sessions, workshops, and meal functions
      Additional exhibit staffers must register at a special rate of $425.
    • A 7″ x 44″ booth identification sign
  • Company listing on conference mobile event app
    • Optional add-ons: tote bag insert, event app and program ads (see below)
    • Registrant mailing list for pre-conference marketing (one-time use)
    • Post-conference attendee list for follow-up outreach (one-time use)
    • Dedicated exhibit hall times and functions
    • A 30% discount on conference program advertising

Raffles and Prize Giveaways

Special activities, raffles, and prize giveaways featured in the exhibit hall will increase exhibitor exposure and attendee engagement. Raffled items will include gift cards. Exhibitors can “sponsor” the cards by selecting to contribute as an add-on option when registering. Exhibitors can also donate prizes to be raffled. Help us drive excitement and traffic to and through the exhibit hall!

Tote Bag Inserts – An Exhibitor/Sponsor Exclusive!

Interested in promoting your products and services in the conference program or on the conference app? Explore our Advertising Opportunities (on 2nd tab of this section) to maximize your impressions and exposure!

Exhibit Hall Dates & Times (subject to change without notice)

  • Set up: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 5:15 pm
  • Dismantle: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 7:00 pm
  • Exhibiting Dates & Times: Wednesday, April 10, 2019, 6:15 pm – Thursday, April 11, 2019, 6:30 pm

Registration and Payment:

  • To Exhibit, REGISTER ONLINE. Registering means you agree with the TERMS AND CONDITIONS.
  • Payment in full is due with ONLINE REGISTRATION. Pay by credit card or select “Bill Me” option to receive an invoice.
  • Space will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis beginning November 2, 2018.

Other:

Questions?  E-mail CWLA2019@cwla.org

Can’t be with us in person? Check out our Take-One Exhibiting (on 3rd tab of this section) to share your message with conference attendees.

Advertising

Maximize your exposure! Advertise on the Conference Mobile Event App and in the printed final Conference Program to assure your increased impressions, visibility, and brand awareness with our attendees.

CONFERENCE FINAL PROGRAM

Benefits

  • Full-color advertising!
  • Exhibitors receive a 30% discount on conference final program advertising.

 Deadlines

  • Reserve final program ad space by March 1, 2019.
  • Submit art by March 8, 2019.

Printed Ad Rates and Options:

Ad Type Size (Inches) Exhibitor Cost Non-Exhibitor Cost
Sixth Page 2.5 x 4.75 $210 $350
Quarter-Page Vertical 3.37 x 4.75 $420 $675
Half-Page Vertical 3.75 x 9.25 $840 $1,300
Half-Page Horizontal 7.50 x 4.75 $840 $1,300
Full Page (no bleed) 7.50 x 10.00 $1,680 $2,500
Full Page (bleed) 8.75 x 11.25 $1,680 $2,500
Back Cover (no bleed) 7.50 x 7.00 to 8.00 $2,100 $3,450
Back Cover (bleed) 8.75 x 7.25 to 8.25 $2,100 $3,450


CONFERENCE MOBILE EVENT APP

 Deadlines

  • Reserve mobile event app advertising options by March 1, 2019.
  • Submit art by March 8, 2019.

App Splash Page $1,500 (Exhibitor/Sponsor Exclusive)

  • Company logo on full screen displayed when mobile event app is launched or refreshed

App Banner Ads $1,500

  • Rotating advertisement displayed at top of screen on mobile event app

App Premium Banner Ads $2,500

  • Extend your banner advertisement’s viewing time on mobile event app

App Premium Exhibitor Listing $1,000 (Special Exhibitor Rate)

  • Enhanced company listing can include logo, images, website and social media links, brochures, and more

Registration and Payment:

Other:

Questions?  E-mail CWLA2019@cwla.org.

Take-One Exhibiting

Can’t be with us in person, but have a message for conference attendees? Send fliers, brochures, and other material for our Take-One tables in or near the Exhibit Hall and Conference Registration area.

Cost: $300.00 per item

General Shipping Instructions:

  • Clearly label all boxes.
  • Ship by traceable means.
  • Leftover items will not be returned.
  • Materials should not arrive earlier than Monday, April 8, 2019.

Registration and Payment:

  • Payment in full is due with ONLINE REGISTRATION. Pay by credit card or select “Bill Me” option to receive an invoice.

Other:

Questions?  E-mail CWLA2019@cwla.org.

Early registration is now open.  We look forward to seeing you in Washington!

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