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.
Tuesday, April 9
12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm
CWLA Members Leadership Session
Wednesday, April 10
8:00 am – 6:00 pm
8:30 am – 10:00 am
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
3:15 pm – 3:45 pm
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
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
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
Breakfast On Your Own
7:30 am – 4:00 pm
8:00 am – 9:00 am
Learning Labs G
9:15 am – 10:45 am
Plenary Session – Panel
11:00 am – 12:30 pm
12:45 pm – 2:15 pm
Closing Lunch Plenary Session
2:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Training Institute Sessions
Saturday, April 13
Breakfast On Your Own
8:30 am – 4:00 pm
Training Institute Sessions (continued)
POST CONFERENCE SPECIAL SESSION
Strengthening Families: Moving to a Global Perspective
April 12-13, 2019
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
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.
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!
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…