CWLA’s 2020 conference will bring together policy, research, and practice professionals from child- and family-serving systems in the United States and other countries, as well as youth, caregivers, and community partners, to share and advance more effective family supports and systems of care for children and families in the 21st century. We are honored to have the support of the CWLA Conference Planning Committee to develop the conference program, along with additional input from our Global Planning Committee, which includes representatives from 21 countries.
Our conference is designed to facilitate an innovations exchange across systems, sectors, and countries in order to significantly expand the availability of:
(1) Supports that are family-friendly, culturally responsive, informed by lived experiences, and dedicated to keeping children in their families and communities.
(2) Intergenerational family supports to protect children who are vulnerable, build new protective factors that enhance their resilience, and support the resilience of their families.
(3) Indigenous innovations that address not just children, youth, and families who are the most vulnerable, but the services and policies in place that may do harm to those they are trying to protect and help.
We look forward to receiving proposals that share the best ideas and proven strategies from around the world that focus on strengthening families and engaging communities to promote child well-being. We want proposals that describe endeavors at program and systems levels, including how they are planned and developed. We also encourage sharing strategies for policy and organizational change as well as funding. Outcomes are valued, especially the research and evaluation designs.
CWLA’s National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare calls for a multi-system, community-based approach to protecting children and supporting families. This can be a helpful reference as U.S. proposal submissions are being developed, and may have relevance for others.
Specific to the conference theme, we are looking for proposals that focus on:
- Effective strategies and practices to strengthen and support families that will prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their parents and/or facilitate family reunification.
- Effective strategies for determining and implementing a comprehensive array of programs and services to meet the needs of children and families.
- Transformation and strengthening of institutional/residential care and foster care services, and innovative alternatives to these services.
- Successful collaborations among child- and family-serving agencies such as child welfare, substance abuse, mental health, juvenile justice, prevention, and childcare, that provide holistic, comprehensive, and integrated services to support families and prevent children from being separated from their parents and family.
- Refocusing resources in agencies and organizations to respond to shifting changes in service delivery (e.g., financing, business, culture).
- Implementing programs and supports for a healthy and successful workforce (e.g., self-care, secondary traumatic stress, and professional/leadership development especially for young professionals).
- Effective strategies related to research, evaluation, and data to meet the U.S. criteria for programs to be well-supported, supported, or promising.
- Successful integration of evidence-informed/evidence-based programs and practices that promote primary prevention and improve outcomes for children and families.
- Effective strategies related to engaging families, youth, and communities in rethinking services to increase the focus on family support and strengthening.
- In the United States, advancing the implementation of Family First – successful strategies being utilized, how challenges are being addressed, etc.
- Advocacy strategies to ensure legislation, funding, and policies for effective services that successfully strengthen and support families, prevent child abuse and neglect, and prevent the unnecessary separation of children from their parents and families.
We are also especially interested in programs and services that effectively factor in or address the following issues that can threaten child well-being, strong families, and engaged communities. Prominent among these are:
- Poverty, income insufficiency, housing instability, and environments that are resource poor or toxic.
- The migration of millions of people around the world in recent years due to war, civil unrest, economic instability, persecution and oppression due to race, religion, culture, and other factors.
- Social exclusion of groups of children and families due to disability, poor physical or mental health, gender and gender identity, sexual orientation, race, religion, immigration status, criminal history, or other factors.
- Lack of supports to address issues that limit parents’ capacity to provide adequate nurture and care for their children such as substance use, mental illness, and developmental disability.
- Lack of resources to protect children from harm including adequate housing, access to education, clothing appropriate for the weather, and sanitation practices.
- Children who experience traumatic stress due to physical and/or psychological harm, exploitation, and maltreatment.
- Family structures and communities with diminished capacity to care for their children due to many of the issues identified above.
- Relevance to the conference theme and alignment with focus areas.
- Engaging format, including use of handouts and PowerPoint presentations. PowerPoints are required to be submitted and will be shared after the conference as part of the proceedings.
- 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 in a variety of countries.
- For U.S. submissions, a preference for CWLA members who meet the above criteria.
- Special consideration for proposals that include the voices of children, youth, and families with lived experiences and/or community partners as co-presenters.
Presentation proposals must include a session description, an abstract of the session presentation, and a brief biographical summary for each presenter that demonstrates their knowledge of the workshop topic. Proposals must include the outcomes information and level of evidence, tools, and resources that have been developed.
The conference will provide a variety of learning options for conference participants. This includes traditional 90-minute workshops and 60-minute learning labs. Learning labs are designed to share something very specific and should include no more than two presenters. We will also be considering opportunities for more in-depth presentations – 2-hour and/or 3-hour super sessions. Please indicate whether you are proposing a workshop, learning lab, or super session.
The selected presenters must agree in writing to conduct their presentations regardless of the number of participants pre-registered for the session, 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 bring with them to their presentation paper copies of handouts in a quantity sufficient for their session participants.
We generally receive many more excellent 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 all their own travel expenses.
Please review the Sample Proposal Submission Form to see the information being requested.
Please complete an online submission at CWLA 2020 Conference Proposals.
All proposals are due no later than Friday, August 2, 2019.
Contact CWLA2020@cwla.org for assistance. Thank you for your interest in the CWLA 2020 Conference – 100th Anniversary Year: Sharing Ideas that Strengthen Families and Engage Communities to Promote Child Well-Being. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!
Add-On Sponsorship Options
Conference sponsors can increase their visibility, promote brand awareness, and make lasting connections by selecting an advertising or mobile event app enhancement or discounted full conference registration.
UPGRADE TO HALF-PAGE AD – $2,000
- Increase ad space in the conference final program to a half-page
UPGRADE TO FULL-PAGE PROGRAM AD – $5,000
- Increase ad space in the conference final program to a full-page
MOBILE EVENT APP SPLASH PAGE – $3,000
- Company logo on full screen display when mobile event app is launched or refreshed
MOBILE EVENT APP CUSTOM ICON – $5,000
- Company logo as an icon on home screen on mobile event app
MOBILE EVENT APP BANNER ADS – $2,000
- Rotating ad/logo displayed at top of screen on mobile event app
MOBILE EVENT APP PREMIUM BANNER ADS – $4,000
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MOBILE EVENT APP PREMIUM SPONSOR LISTING – $2,000
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SPONSOR CONFERENCE REGISTRATION – $500
- Discounted full conference registration fee for sponsors