CWLA 2022 NATIONAL CONFERENCE:

The Fierce Urgency of Now:
Collective Action to Ensure Children and Families Flourish

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
April 27-29, 2022

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Overview

Join us for the CWLA 2022 National Conference, The Fierce Urgency of Now: Collective Action to Ensure Children and Families Flourish, scheduled to be held at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, from April 27-29, 2022.

We are living in challenging times. There is a fierce sense of urgency and demand for institutions to make bold changes to better serve all children and families, especially those who are Black, Brown, and Indigenous. Child welfare is not exempt from these calls for change. As professionals and volunteers working in a high-stakes field, we have learned from the events of this past year that we can and must do business differently. We need to find bold ways to make the type of changes required to reach the vision of CWLA’s National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare (National Blueprint) “that all children will grow up safely, in families who are loving, with everything they need to flourish – and with connections to their culture, ethnicity, race, and language.”

But child welfare cannot do this alone. We need to collectively work hand-in-hand with families, communities, and other systems, as well as federal, state, and local leadership, to eliminate the many barriers to achieving our vision. The 2022 CWLA conference will be an opportunity to use our 4 A’s approach for transformation: awareness, acknowledgment, action, and accountability. We look forward to welcoming back our friends, colleagues, and partners – old and new – to connect, reconnect, recharge, and make decisions about how we collectively and as individuals, agencies, the child welfare system, and society as a whole can and must take action to achieve a better world for all children and families.

Using the 4 A’s framework for transformation and the National Blueprint, the conference will create awareness; acknowledge where we have not gotten it right; highlight successful strategies, research, practices, advocacy, and actions that individuals, families, organizations, and communities are using to improve supports and services; and identify what we will collectively do as part of our accountability to address today’s critical child welfare issues.

As we again come together in-person, everyone’s health and well-being are our first priorities. The conference planning committee has formed a special Safety Subcommittee and we will be working in partnership with the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill to ensure that all necessary protections and protocols are in place.

For the first time since 2019, CWLA looks forward to utilizing our connections with and access to Congress, the Administration, and other national coalitions and organizations to provide you with opportunities to dialogue with these important stakeholders. Our traditional Advocacy Day activities may look different due to possible restrictions on Capitol Hill, but we will be sure to incorporate opportunities for your voice to be heard on the critical issues of Child Tax Credit (CTC) extension, implementation of child care expansion, and many more significant topics.

We have planned a fast-paced conference that will feature plenary sessions, a panel presentation, and 60-minute Action Labs, which will draw on the experiences of your public and private peers in child welfare and related service areas; our research, advocacy, and education partners; and representatives from families and communities. The sessions will present evidence-informed/evidence-based programs and practices, research, and projects focused on topics related to implementation of the Family First Prevention Services Act, cross-system collaboration, youth engagement, kinship navigation, advancing equity, prevention and intervention, workforce supports, managing organizational change, community partnerships, and much more. Having been apart for so long, we will also provide ample opportunities for networking and reconnecting with friends and colleagues from across the country.

Also, you will have opportunities during the conference to provide input into what CWLA includes as we update the current Standards of Excellence for Child Protective Services and create a new Standards of Excellence for Community-Based Prevention Services. Come hear about what CWLA is doing and contribute your wisdom to our final product!

And stay tuned for more details coming soon about pre-conference special sessions and post-conference training opportunities.

As always, the conference is an excellent opportunity for all of us to recommit to our collective work and advocacy to advance quality services and a continuum of care, create communities of support, and take action to ensure that all children and families flourish. We look forward to seeing you in Washington, DC!

Contact us at CWLA2022@cwla.org for assistance.

Conference Schedule

Tuesday, April 26, 2022

9:00 am – 4: 00 pm
Pre-Conference Sessions

Wednesday, April 27, 2022

8:30 am – 11:30 am
Pre-Conference Session

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Opening Plenary & Lunch

1:45 pm – 2:45 pm
Action Labs

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Action Labs

4:15 pm – 5:15 pm
Action Labs

5:30 pm
Exhibit Hall & Reception

Thursday, April 28, 2022

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Plenary Session

10:45 am – 12:00 pm
Panel Session

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Advocacy Day Activities

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Exhibit Hall & Lunch

Thursday, April 28, 2022 (cont.)

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Action Labs

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Action Labs

3:45 pm – 4:45 pm
Action Labs

5:00 pm
Reception & Exhibit Hall

Friday, April 29, 2022

8:30 am – 9:30 am
Action Labs

9:45 am – 10:45 am
Action Labs

11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Action Labs

12:15 pm – 1:30 pm
Closing Plenary & Lunch

1:45 pm – 5:45 pm
Training Institute

Saturday, April 30, 2022

8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Training Institute

Hotel & Travel

Conference Location and Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

Room Rate: $258/night

Hotel Reservations

Room reservations must be made directly with the hotel. You can reserve by phone at 1-800-233-1234 (reference group code:  G-CW22) or online at Hyatt Reservations. Room availability and special rates are guaranteed only until April 5, 2022, or until the space is filled. Please be sure to make your reservation under our conference group block to ensure waiver of the destination fee charged at this hotel.

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.

Visiting Washington, DC

Washington, DC is filled with exciting and memorable places to visit. Only a handful of cities rival Washington, DC’s history and influence. Make plans to enjoy the nation’s capital by taking in the sights of your favorite American landmarks.  Check out the Official Tourism Site of Washington, DC to plan your visit.

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!

CONFERENCE SPONSORSHIP OPTIONS

ALL CONFERENCE SPONSORS RECEIVE:

  • Company logo and website link on conference webpage
  • Recognition and website link in conference e-communications
  • Company logo on sponsor page in conference programs
  • Name billing and logo on conference signage
  • Insert for conference tote bags

Additional Benefits for Sponsorship Levels

FRIENDS OF CWLA – $1,000+

For general underwriting expenses needed to host the conference. A great option for CWLA members, supporters, and vendors!

CONFERENCE SPONSOR – $5,000

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

BRONZE SPONSOR – $10,000

  • Exhibit booth discount (50%)
  • Quarter-page ad space in the conference final program
  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists

SILVER SPONSOR – $15,000 

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

GOLD SPONSOR – $25,000 

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

PLATINUM SPONSOR – $50,000

  • Upgraded exhibit booth (Premium)
  • Full-page ad space in the conference final program
  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Special recognition in three conference e-blasts
  • Webinar opportunity

COFFEE/SNACK BREAK SPONSOR – $10,000

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

LUNCH SPONSOR – $15,000

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

RECEPTION SPONSOR – $25,000 

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

WI-FI SPONSOR – $7,500 

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

TECHNOLOGY SPONSOR – $20,000 

  • Upgraded exhibit booth (Premium)
  • Half-page ad space in the conference final program
  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Name billing and logo on A/V signage in General Session

Contact us at CWLA2022@cwla.org for more information or to discuss which sponsor opportunities work best for your organization!

Exhibiting & Advertising

Exhibiting and advertising details are coming soon.

Training Institute

Deatils will be shared soon on the post conference Training Institute.

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We look forward to seeing you in Washington in April!