CWLA 2018 NATIONAL CONFERENCE:

ADVANCING EXCELLENCE IN PRACTICE AND POLICY:
BUILDING RESILIENCE IN CHANGING TIMES

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC
April 26 – 29, 2018

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Overview

The 2018 National Conference, Advancing Excellence in Practice & Policy: Building Resilience in Changing Times, will highlight how organizations are advancing excellence in child and family services in changing times. Conference presentations will feature evidence-informed/evidence-based programs and practices and their related policies and tools that lead to the successful implementation of the CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare.

The conference will build on learning and examine how organizations in the United States and globally are responding to changes in funding, policies, and client needs through advocacy, community organizing, and service change; demonstrate the resiliency in organizations, families, and communities in response to changing times; and lay the groundwork for transitioning to CWLA’s second century of service in 2020.

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 some of the most pressing issues related to children and families.

The conference will feature a pre-conference session focused on critical policy issues facing child welfare; Advocacy Day activities; special learning opportunities for public sector staff members; five full conference plenary sessions on current issues; workshops, poster sessions, and learning labs; and an extended learning opportunity in our two-day Training Institute.

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, youth, and family members 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 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 responding to change
  • Learn about resiliency in organizations, families, & communities
  • Visit monuments & attractions in our nation’s capital

We look forward to seeing you April 26 – 29 at the Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill, Washington, DC.

Contact us Resilience2018@cwla.org for assistance.

At-a-Glance Schedule

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

11:00 am – 6:00 pm
Registration

12:00 pm – 5:30 pm
National Advocacy Leaders Convening

Thursday, April 26, 2018

7:00 am – 5:30 pm
Registration

10:30 am – 1:00 pm
Opening Plenary Session

1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Capitol Hill Visits

________

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Public Sector-Focused Workshops A

3:15 pm – 4:45 pm
Public Sector-Focused Workshops B

________

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner Plenary Session

7:00 pm
Dessert Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, April 27, 2018

7:30 am – 5:30 pm
Registration

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

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Breakfast in the Exhibit Hall

Friday, April 27, 2018 (cont.)

8:45 am – 10:15 am
Plenary Session

10:30 am – 11:30 pm
Learning Labs

11:45 am – 12:45 pm
Learning Labs

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Lunch in the Exhibit Hall

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Workshops C

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Plenary Session

5:30 pm
Networking Reception in the Exhibit Hall

Saturday, April 28, 2018

7:30 am – 8:30 am
Poster Sessions Breakfast

8:45 am – 10:15 am
Workshops D

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Workshops E

12:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Lunch Plenary Session

2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Training Institute Sessions

Sunday, April 29, 2018

8:30 am – 3:00 pm
Training Institute Sessions

Plenary Sessions

The 2018 National Conference Plenary Sessions will be panel presentations to share and discuss current issues for the field of child welfare.  Join us to hear from experts and leaders about these important topics and efforts for advancing excellence and building resilience in changing times.

Advocacy: Speaking Up in Turbulent Times
The goal of this plenary session is to bring together national leaders to share their knowledge about the critical issues in Congress that will impact child welfare and children and families in general. Given the changing dynamics, the decision about topics to be discussed will not be made until after January, when this still-new Administration has introduced its first complete budget and set of policy proposals. Come learn about the current issues and policies that all of us need to be aware of so that we can speak up for children and families who are vulnerable.

Thinking Outside the Box: What Works in Workforce Development and Wellness
This plenary presentation will provide innovative ways to build and sustain the child welfare workforce, including effective workload supports, changes to leadership at all levels, strategic recruitment and retention, and worker resiliency and well-being. Speakers will address special supports ranging from caseload/workload protections to the use of technology.

Building Evidence That Fits Your Community: The Untold Story about Implementation Science
The primary goal of this plenary session is to demonstrate the potential for research to honor, respect, and give voice to community. That is, to show how research can complement rather than compete with practice wisdom and community expertise. A second goal is to illustrate how research can facilitate opportunities for learning and improvement and generate evidence that is responsive to the needs and culture of a local community.

Emerging Issues Affecting the Mental Health of Children at Risk of or Involved with Child Welfare
While much progress has taken place over the last decade to address the mental health needs of children i n general and in particular those at risk of or involved with child welfare, there is still much more that needs to be done in order to achieve the CWLA National Blueprint vision of all children flourishing. Advances in other fields such as neuroscience and implementation science, and such issues as the continuing substance use in this country—in particular the current opioid crisis— compel us to continue to try new approaches and find workable solutions. Plenary presenters, who are leaders at the federal and national level, will address what they see as the emerging issues that we will need to be paying attention to and addressing going forward.

Reimagining Child Welfare
As children and families are met with new and emerging challenges in our changing society, the field of child welfare must harness developing strategies and technologies to respond effectively to support the healthy development of children, families, and communities. This final plenary session will draw upon the research, approaches, and strategies presented through earlier plenary sessions to create a new vision and way forward for child welfare to achieve its mission and promote resilience.

Check back soon for details on plenary session presenters.

Workshops, Learning Labs & Poster Sessions

WORKSHOPS

Public Sector-Focused Workshops A
Thursday, April 26
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm

A1 – Virginia Children’s Services Practice Model Implementation Study
This session will highlight a policy, practice, research partnership from inception of practice profiles to evaluation of implementation. The practice profiles were developed in partnership with local child welfare agencies “innovators” and rolled out to innovator agencies and other “early adopters,” in preparation for full-scale dissemination to all state agencies. Presenters from the Virginia Department of Social Services will discuss the process used for development and implementation, including use of coaching in supervision.  The workshop will also feature the findings from a mixed methods study of implementation contexts, strategies, and lessons learned for dissemination of the practice model to all agencies.
Presenter(s): Carl E. Ayers and Anne Kisor, Virginia Department of Social Services, Richmond, VA; and Kerrie Ocasio, Rutgers University School of Social Work, New Brunswick, NJ

A4 – A New Way of Removing Barriers to Permanency: Minnesota’s Northstar Care for Children
In 2015, Minnesota implemented Northstar Care for Children, which was both a redesign of its foster care and adoption assistance programs and an opt-in to the federal Guardianship Assistance Program. Northstar Care for Children was meant to equalize foster care, adoption assistance, and guardianship assistance benefits for children ages 6 and older so as to reduce the time to permanency and stabilize families post-permanency. This workshop will provide an overview of the redesign efforts, implementation strategies, and lessons learned, as well as review data and outcomes related to Northstar Care for Children goals.
Presenter(s): Heidi Ombisa Skallet, Jody McElroy, Cynthia Shypulski, Mical Peterson and Kathleen Hiniker, Minnesota Department of Human Services, St. Paul, MN

Public Sector-Focused Workshops B
Thursday, April 26
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm

B1 – Innovative Strategies to Strengthen and Support the Successful Child Welfare Workforce
This session will be co-facilitated by representatives of the New Jersey Department of Children and Families and a community provider, and will focus on stabilizing the child welfare workforce. The presentation will cover hotline screening operations, the use of technology to strengthen the frontline staff, quality assurance, addressing secondary trauma in the workforce, and will also speak to stabilizing the workforce through special initiatives and leadership development to contribute New Jersey’s attrition rate of less than 7%.
Presenter(s): Mary Sunder, Nancy Carre-Lee and Robyne Jiles, New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Trenton, NJ; and Cherie Castellano, Rutgers University Behavioral Healthcare, Piscataway, NJ

B3 – Addressing Secondary Traumatic Stress in Child Welfare Staff
Working in the child welfare field is a demanding and high stress job. Not only does staff face burnout from a high demand job, but also Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) due to working with individuals and families who are dealing with trauma in their lives. This often leads to the question is it burnout or STS? This workshop will look at the impact of Secondary Traumatic Stress (STS) and ways to differentiate STS from burnout. Looking at the process and signs of STS, and ways to not only help individuals deal with STS, but how organizations can build processes to help monitor and alleviate STS. Presnters will discuss and explore how participants can implement the ABC’s of Prevention both individually as well as organizationally.
Presenter(s): Stan Waddell, Cenpatico, Wolfforth, TX; and Mary Armstrong, Cenpatico, Dallas, TX

B4 – Painting Pathways to Prevention
In the past five years, the volume of incoming reports for child maltreatment has increased within the United States. It is evident that the success and health of children cannot fully rely on child welfare workers, home visitors, medical professionals and/ or educational professionals that typically see children daily, but everyone has to be involved in building stronger families to prevent child maltreatment from ever occurring. This workshop will allow participants to experience a child’s life as they live with a parent who is unable to meet their needs. Participants will gain a perspective of what a child may endure while they are in a home of abuse and neglect, and outweigh building avenues to connect with a child that has been maltreated. Participants will understand how their daily professions and contact with community members provides them an opportunity to offer support and education for children and families that are affected by maltreatment so they do not have to go through it alone. Presenters will share avenues to connect to help identify local trends of child maltreatment so participants can learn to paint pathways toward prevention in their own communities.
Presenter(s): LeCole White, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, Little Rock, AR

Workshops C
Friday, April 27
2:15 pm – 3:45 pm

C1 – Right-time Risk Taking
Since 2008 and passage of Fostering Connections to Success Act, “successful advocacy” has been restricted to “cost neutral” proposals.  That is, any expansion of needed child welfare services must cut funding from other child welfare services.  Yet during this same time frame, our field has provided more data about what works to prevent or ameliorate poverty on child well-being, opioid and addiction crisis and treatment, violence, and trauma based behaviors and dysfunctions. Presenters will examine challenges and barriers to our work of healing families, politically and fiscally. Participants will be encouraged to brainstorm new ideas for advocacy around prevention and intervention services.
Presenter(s): Dr. Laura Boyd, Family Focused Treatment Association, Norman, OK; and John Sciamanna, CWLA, Washington, DC

C3 – Building Organizational Resilience through a Racial Equity Team
This workshop is designed to give participants the opportunity to explore and discuss the process for establishing a racial equity team at their organization. Participants will receive guidelines for creating a strategic plan for workforce development and organizational change that addresses issues of inequity and inclusion using an evidence-informed analysis and action framework. Tools that lead to the successful implementation of a racial equity strategic plan will be examined by exploring the journey of a racial equity team at a community-based child and family services agency for youth and families involved with child welfare in San Francisco, CA.
Presenter(s): Sharon Kollar, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, Albany, NY; and Kimberly Bradley, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, Berkeley, CA

C4 – Developing Outreach Programs for Child Maltreatment and Children in Foster Care in Geographic Shortage Regions
This workshop will review an established approach regarding the development, in shortage areas, of an outreach clinic for child maltreatment and foster care evaluation.  Discussion will be held regarding challenges needed to bridge across  multiple agencies (medical, child protective services, legal) to offer a complete “Medical Passport” that provides the child, biologic family, foster family and CPS (in working with the medical staff) a comprehensive care plan to better serve the needs of the child and family. Presenters will discuss the challenges, which include financial, limited services and communication problems that are often faced by the multiple agencies involved in care for these children.  The discussion will demonstrate how this approach is able to cast a safety net over a large region because of the coordinated and cooperative efforts by multiple agencies for these children that offers both short-term as well as long-term benefits in the care of these children.
Presenter(s): Arne Graf and Alison Larson, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

C5 – Complex Challenges and Complex Solutions: A Continuum of Response to Human Trafficking Survivors in the Child Welfare System
Human trafficking is an inherently complex problem and, thus, requires a complex solution.  Saint Francis Community Services (SFCS), a private child welfare agency, has developed internal resources and engaged external resources in order to advance the cause of identification, treatment, and secondary prevention of human trafficking (HT).  This workshop explores the underlying vulnerabilities of youth in foster care, the SFCS coordinated response to HT, and effective therapeutic strategies in supporting the healing of minor survivors. Participants can expect a dynamic and interactive workshop, designed to engage attendees in understanding the SFCS model of response to HT, as well emerging needs being identified.
Presenter(s): Melanie A. Miller Garrett, Saint Francis Community Services, Salina, KS; and Vickie McArthur, Saint Francis Community Services, Wichita, KS

C6 – Global Youth in America: Policy Review, Immigration Trends, Fostering Resiliency
At the helm of a national network of foster care providers, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) has remained nimble and proactive in the changing landscape of American immigration policy. Session attendees will receive a history of the federally funded Unaccompanied Children (UC) foster care program; an overview of the administration’s impact on the UC’s served by the LIRS foster care network; and LIRS’ response to this impact at individual, programmatic, and national levels. Presenters will dive into practical examples of the resilience found in the children in care, the agencies serving them, and the national policies shaping the landscape.
Presenter(s): Julia Hutton and Caitlin O’Donnell, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, Baltimore, MD

C7 – Now is the Time: Developing a Comprehensive Kinship System of Care
Kinship care practice and policy has progressed over the years with laws, regulations, and services that have supported kinship families and the children and youth in their care.  Dynamic attention to current kinship care policy and practice issues was demonstrated during the CWLA 2014 National Kinship Conference in New Orleans, and the 2017 CWLA special issue Child Welfare journal, “Kinship Care and Child Welfare: New Directions for Policy and Practice.” Just as kinship care reflects family history, this session will focus on how kinship care evolved over the past 30 years and, most importantly, the direction for the future. Presenters will discuss the current realities of kinship policy and practice, and engage participants in answering the question: What should be a comprehensive response to the needs of all kinship families to create a system of care?
Presenter(s): Gerard Wallace, NYS Kinship Navigator, Delmar, NY; Eileen Mayes Pasztor, School of Social Work California State University, Long Beach, CA; Charlene Ingram, CWLA, Erial, NJ; Alison Caliendo, Foster Kinship, Las Vegas, NV; and Marla Spindel and Stephanie McClellan, DC KinCare Alliance,Washington, DC

C8 – Promising Ways to Serve Families Affected by Substance Use Disorders:  Improving Outcomes by Infusing Effective Family Drug Court Strategies into Child Welfare and Dependency Court Systems
Research and practical experience has established the prevalence of parental substance use disorders (SUD) among families in child welfare systems.  The Family Drug Court (FDC) Model serves as a promising approach to improving outcomes for children and families affected by parental substance use disorders and is based on 7 Essential Practices. This presentation will explore the FDC movement and the opportunities for serving more families affected by substance use disorders, keeping families together, and reducing child maltreatment by infusing effective FDC strategies into dependency court and child welfare systems.
Presenter(s): Phil Breitenbucher, Children and Family Futures, Lake Forest, CA

C9 – Supporting Older Youth: What’s the Brain Got to Do With It
Adolescent brain development research provides clear evidence that adolescence is a unique period of time, different from both early childhood and adulthood, ripe with opportunities for skill building, healing and growth. This interactive session is designed to translate adolescent brain science concepts into daily practice guidance for those who work with and support young people. Presenters will share relevant research on the importance of authentic engagement; the interconnection between risk-taking and reward-seeking; and opportunities to promote healthy adolescent development especially for young people who are in or transitioning from foster care.
Presenter(s): Leslie Gross and Alexandra Lohrbach, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Baltimore, MD

C10 – The Atlas Project:  How Trauma-Informed Practice Can Improve Outcomes for Children in Foster Care
Increasingly, child welfare providers are looking to become “trauma-informed” in an effort to more effectively address the impact that abuse, neglect and other adversities have had on the children and families they serve. There is less consensus, however, about what trauma-informed child welfare practice consists of, how agencies can become trauma-informed, and its impact on child outcomes. This workshop will share findings from a project focused on implementing trauma-focused practices with treatment family foster care programs in New York City, and provide strategies and tools that can be implemented in a range of child welfare settings.
Presenter(s): Erika Tullberg and Bonnie Kerker, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY

C11 – Using Employee Engagement and Strength-Based Leadership Strategies to Support the Health, Safety, and Well-Being of Children and Families
The leadership style of supervisors is an important consideration for determining organizational effectiveness and employee job satisfaction.  Employee performance, morale, and job satisfaction may directly relate to the culture of leadership within the organization.  Given that turnover rates of child welfare social workers increase the level of vulnerability for abused and neglected children, it is critical for social work administrators to employ engagement strategies to increase the retention and engagement of social work staff.  The goal of the workshop is to provide effective strengths-based employee engagement strategies that support the strategic outcomes of an organization.
Presenter(s): Marie Brown-Mercadel, Charity Douglas, Derrick Perry and Jennifer “Linn” Ramirez, Riverside County-Department of Public Social Services, Riverside, CA

C12 – A Roadmap for Success: Managed Care Strategies That Work for Children, Youth and Young Adults
Anthem (Amerigroup) specializes in population health management and has been the managed care partner of the Georgia child welfare system since 2014. Together with state partner DFCS and other state agencies, including Juvenile Justice, Education, Behavioral Health and Medicaid, Anthem has seen a marked change in outcomes in serving 27,000 children, youth and young adult’s each day. The outcomes reflect the results in health, well-being and independence outcomes for young members along with positive pharmacy trends, Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility transitions to family-based care and permanency. Presenters will share a step by step approach to serving and supporting the children, youth and young adults in foster care, adoption and juvenile justice from a Medicaid fee-for-service into a single statewide, integrated managed care approach under one organization.
Presenter(s): Mark Washington and Manny Arisso, Anthem, Washington, DC

C13 – Agile/Scrum: Building Organizational Resilience
Agile/Scrum is a method of project management and implementation born of the software development field that has migrated to organizational change management in a variety of industries. Massachusettes Department of Children and Families (DCF) is the first agency to embrace this methodology and apply it to child welfare.  A tragic high profile case in 2013 highlighted the need for DCF to make dramatic, sustainable agency improvement. Presenters will explain Agile/Scrum, recount DCF’s learning curve and adaptations, discuss the benefits and challenges, report the significant contributions of Agile/Scrum to building the agency’s resilience, and summarize data that demonstrates this effective model for quality improvement.
Presenter(s): Linda Spears, Ruben Ferreira, Lian Hogan, Ryan FitzGerald and Marcia Roddy, Massachusettes Department of Children and Families, Boston, MA

C14 – How Child Welfare and Fatherhood Programs Can Work Together to Improve Child Well-Being
This interactive session will provide an introduction to the National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse (NRFC) and how to access its related resources. Participants will learn about how child welfare agencies and staff can partner with federal, state and locally funded fatherhood programs to improve child and family outcomes.  Presenters will share background information on lessons learned from child welfare agencies who have successfully engaged fathers and what strategies they used. The session will also include an overview of the NRFC’s Responsible Fatherhood Toolkit, which features a chapter on child welfare and fatherhood partnerships as well as facilitation strategies, downloadable activities, and programmatic design tips.
Presenter(s): Eugene Schneeberg and Nigel Vann, National Responsible Fatherhood Clearinghouse, Fairfax, VA

Workshops D
Saturday, April 28
8:45 am – 10:15 am

D1 – Supporting Permanency Outcomes through Diligent Recruitment and Segmented Marketing
This presentation and interactive discussion offers attendees the first-hand opportunity to learn how “diligent recruitment,” specifically segmented marketing, implemented by the federally funded Florida Intelligent Recruitment Project has impacted outcomes for three of Florida’s Community Based Care lead agencies.  Project leadership will discuss strategic marketing campaigns developed by project partner, Gold and Associates, and demonstrate how the plans, as well as other components of diligent recruitment, have strengthened their approach to recruiting foster and adoptive parents, specifically for older youth in care. The workshop will present project objectives and research findings related to implementation strategies, return on investment, and child-specific outcomes.
Presenter(s): John Cooper, Kids Central, Inc., Wildwood, FL; David DeStefano, Strategic Solutions, Lafayette, IN; and Keith Gold, Gold & Associates, Inc., Ponte Vedra Beach, FL

D2 – Weaving Safety into the Fabric of the Community: Challenging the Narrowing Mandate of Child Protection
Brant Family and Children’s Services in Ontario, Canada is a child welfare agency providing an innovative community-based program model that integrates community capacity building with child protection. Early help strategies combined with partnerships within the community enhances opportunities to build relationships and mitigate risk. This strength-based approach builds community cohesion, improves accessibility to supports and strives to prevent unnecessary separation of children from their families. As child welfare mandates narrow, this framework weaves social work values and philosophical underpinnings into the everyday work. A shared responsibility of child well-being belongs to the community and child welfare is part of that community.
Presenter(s): Sarah Robertson and Jill Esposto, Brant Family and Children’s Services, Brantford, Ontario;  and Andrew Koster, Child Welfare League of Canada and Brant Family and Children’s Services, Brantford, Ontario

D3 – Recognizing and Honoring the Burden and Dignity of Difference: Putting Mindfulness Into Practice
Westchester Building Futures (WBF) is a federally funded multi-year initiative, awarded to the Westchester County Department of Social Services (WCDSS), which seeks to eliminate youth homelessness among at-risk youth/young adults with child welfare/foster care histories. This presentation will highlight WBF’s culturally-responsive work focused on building and fortifying relationship wealth with those served, and within professional teams through the lens of recognizing and honoring the burden and dignity of difference. Presenters will facilitate an engaging, crucial conversation with workshop participants centered on the intersectionality of race, ethnicity, culture, and other “-isms.” The objective of this interactive workshop is to offer concrete tools that professionals can use as we all work to advance culturally-responsive interactions and outcomes.
Presenter(s): Tara Linh Leaman, Westchester County Department of Social Services, White Plains, NY

D4 – What Comes Next? Understanding How Child Welfare Workers and Domestic Violence Agencies Collaborate for Change
Experience and data tell us that the overlap of child abuse and domestic violence is not only a reality but also an imperative needing attention. This workshop focuses on the overlap of child welfare and domestic violence with a focus on solutions and how to improve family outcomes.  Presenters will review how states are addressing this gap and how this information informed a larger programmatic evaluation. Presenters will also discuss what is occurring currently in the state of New Jersey through the Domestic Violence Liaison program (DVL). This workshop will also share the successes and challenges experienced with partnering organizations, what factors they believe have made the collaboration successful, and how participants can take these lessons back to their home agencies.
Presenter(s): Catie Buttner and Judy Postmus, Center on Violence Against Women and Children, New Brunswick, NJ; and Allison Blake, New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Trenton, NJ

D5 – Applying A Code of Ethics as an Advocacy Strategy to Strengthen Family Foster Care Services
When parents cannot keep children safe and kinship care isn’t an option, child protective services “outsources” care of these children to foster parents.  Loss and trauma histories of these children require special parenting skills, but foster parents also need system supports.  The National Foster Parent Association supports foster parents in achieving safety, well-being and permanency for children in their care. Using a Code of Ethics for Foster Parents is an advocacy strategy that can strengthen family foster care.  This workshop demonstrates this strategy is commensurate with CWLA’s National Blueprint for Excellence and can be replicated nationwide.
Presenter(s): Irene Clements, National Foster Parent Association, Pflugerville, TX; Peggy Kirby, Louisiana Foster and Adoptive Parents Association, Monroe, LA; Eshele Williams, CWLA, Altadena, CA; Marcus Stallworth, CWLA, Naugatuck, CT; and Eileen Mayors Pasztor, School of Social Work California State University, Long Beach, CA

D6 – Reconciling Parental Substance Use, Child Safety, Housing First and Harm Reduction Principles
Working to keep child welfare involved families safely together can be overwhelming when faced with complex intersecting familial challenges such as parental substance use and family homelessness.  This session will highlight collaborative practice approaches between the fields of substance abuse treatment, child welfare, and juvenile courts and explore the applications to helping families find success in child welfare, housing, and treatment. This session will engage the audience in a discussion about innovative approaches to serve highly vulnerable families with a housing first and harm reduction approach to child welfare services coupled with supportive housing.
Presenter(s): Andrew Johnson, CSH (Corporation for Supportive Housing), San Diego, CA; and Phil Breitenbucher, Children and Family Futures, Inc., Lake Forest, CA

D7 – A Focus on Healing: A Trauma-Informed Team Approach Supporting Commercially Sexually Exploited Children
This presentation will follow the case of a commercially sexually exploited  minor from identification, to court, through social service interventions and aftercare highlighting the nuances of this work, the need for partnership, and challenges of  maintaining  a trauma-sensitive culture while creating safety for victims.  The Honorable Judge Lori A. Dumas, who presides over a diversion court for commercially exploited youth, and Salvation Army staff will share their roles in this process, the philosophy behind the diversion court, and how the shared values of trauma-informed care lay the foundation for this innovative and important work.
Presenter(s): Susan Brotherton and Jamie Manirakiza, The Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA; and The Honorable Judge Lori A. Dumas, Philadelphia Family Court, Philadelphia, PA

D8 – Tailoring Multisystemic Therapy for Child Welfare Preventive Populations: Reports on an In-Progress Adaptation
This session will provide an overview, description, and preliminary outcome data for an in-progress adaptation of Multisystemic Therapy (MST) known as MST Prevention. This pilot project is a partnership between The Children’s Village, MST Inc., and the New York City Administration for Children’s Services. This case study will describe the process of tailoring and adapting evidence-based interventions developed in other human service fields to the needs of child welfare populations through a collaborative process involving funders, providers, model developers, and the public. This new adaptation is designed to help keep families together, disrupt the school to prison pipeline, and keep children safe in their homes and communities.
Presenter(s): David Collins, and Daphne Torres-Douglas, The Children’s Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY

D9 – Kinship Caregivers and Parent-Child Reunification
As child welfare agencies have increased reliance on kinship caregivers as the preferred option to care for children who must be separated from their parents, discussion of permanency for children has focused primarily on the kinship caregiver as the permanency solution, that is assuming guardianship or adopting the children. However, parents and children do not lose their right to resolve issues that resulted in separation of children from parents and to reunify when children are cared for by kin. Kinship caregivers are uniquely qualified to help children and parents realize this right due to their family relationships and knowledge of the child welfare system. This workshop will focus on the role kinship caregivers can fulfill in promoting reunification with parents. Strategies for navigating complex and difficult intra-family relationships, assuring the safety of children, and supporting healing and growth of parents will be addressed.
Presenter(s): Donna Petras, CWLA, Lincolnshire, IL

D10 – Strategies for Implementing Greater Normalcy for Youth in Out of Home Placement: Normalcy Toolkit, Current Projects and Education PSA from the New England Youth Coalition (NEYC)
The New England Youth Coalition (NEYC) is a partnership of six public child welfare agencies that has been meeting since 2008. Following their creation and approval of the Normalcy Bill of Rights and Normalcy Definition, the group has created a Normalcy Toolkit which will be presented. Participants will also learn about the three new projects that were developed from strategic planning during their annual Regional Youth Leadership Conference which include: 1) “Driving to Success” – ensuring youth obtain a driver’s license; 2) “Project Stability” – extending foster care; and 3) “Normalcy Implementation” – expanding the Normalcy toolkit online.
Presenter(s): Grace Hilliard-Koshinsky, New England Association of Child Welfare Commissioners and Directors, Boston, MA

D11 – Building Communities of Hope:  Lessons Learned from Community Support Programs
Can we effectively lead and share the responsibility of caring for and protecting our most vulnerable children, families and communities?  This presentation will explore the way in which communities across the country are successfully partnering to provide innovative preventive and supportive services. A collective impact approach has been utilized with a shared goal of stabilizing families. Information on bold and innovative collaborative efforts and the effective strategies used will be shared. Join presenters for an interactive session highlighting the journey and lessons learned from jurisdictions across the country that are redefining how communities share a vision of hope to assure that children and families are safe and thrive.
Presenter(s): Paul DiLorenzo, Casey Family Programs, Bala Cynwd, PA; and Kary A. James, Mainstruct Consulting, LLC, Waldorf, MD

D12 – Works Wonders: A Youth Participatory Approach to Improving Employment Outcomes for Youth in Foster Care
In this interactive workshop, participants will learn about the 5 elements of Works Wonders, evaluation results, and replication efforts of this innovative model to help youth in foster care to meet the next century’s needs.  Participants will develop mastery of the youth participatory philosophy and approach, which are critical for fidelity to replication. Participants will learn how to build resiliency for youth and for program sustainability, by blending funding beyond typical child welfare proper funding sources. Participants will understand how to leverage public/private partnerships through inclusion of an evidence-informed model that changes the trajectory of outcomes for vulnerable youth.
Presenter(s): Kat Keenan and Bernadette Tavares, Foster Forward, East Providence, RI

D14 – Building and Maintaining a Resilient Workforce
Explore the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute’s Workforce Development Framework. The Framework offers a comprehensive and innovative approach to recruiting, developing and retaining a committed, competent and culturally responsive workforce. Discover the key steps and core components you need to address your agency’s workforce challenges. Learn about the Tool Kit and Facilitator Guide available to help comprehensively assess and strategize around workforce improvements. Participants will experience the highly interactive MyNCWWI website, generate ideas to close the gaps, and learn of critical resources. Bring your electronic device to the session for real-time polling and an online learning portal demonstration.
Presenter(s): Carole Wilcox, Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver, Denver, CO; and Sharon Kollar, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, Albany, NY

Workshops E
Saturday, April 28
10:30 am – 12:00 pm

E1 – Take the Guesswork out of a Trauma-Informed Care Wellness Training for Staff
Want to nurture your staff? Create team harmony and foster an atmosphere of trust and caring? Learn how to integrate wellness into staff meetings by using the Trauma-Informed Care (TIC) Wellness Guide. Teach staff to recognize the widespread impact of trauma, integrate knowledge of trauma in treatment, and promote healing. To support staff wellness and help employees build TIC into their daily routine, this guide offers 52 TIC tips—one for each week of the year. Broken into six categories, come ready to participate in learning a TIC concept, how to elaborate, reflect and summarize each week’s training.
Presenter(s): Stacey Roth, Hillsides, Los Angeles, CA

E2 – Using Data and Storytelling to Advocate for Children’s Services
Advocating for system improvement and enhanced services for the most vulnerable among us requires convincing, credible, and objective data. However, our brains are not wired to retain data points for long. Instead, they are wired to understand and retain descriptions, anecdotes, and stories. This workshop will demonstrate how to make data pivotal in describing the needs of vulnerable children and promoting best practices and the services that benefit them. By establishing the fundamentals of combining data visualization with storytelling, this workshop will help participants engage their audiences and move them to action to help system-involved children and their families succeed.
Presenter(s): Julie Halverson and Debra Illingworth Greene, NCCD, Madison, WI

E3 – Is It All About Drugs? How the Opioid Crisis Impacts Foster Care Caseloads
After more than a decade of sustained declines in the national foster care caseload, beginning in 2011 the number of children entering foster care began to rise. While many believed parental substance use was the primary cause of the increase, there was little empirical evidence to support this assertion. This mixed methods study, including both quantitative and qualitative analyses, was conducted to better understand how substance misuse and use disorders relate to the changing trend in foster care caseloads. The quantitative portion of the study examines the strength of the relationship between the prevalence of opioids in a county, the drug overdose death rate, and the number of children entering into foster care. The qualitative portion of the study, based on site visits to 11 communities around the U.S., provides rich, contextual information. It documents the perspectives and experiences of child welfare administrators and practitioners, substance use treatment administrators and practitioners, judges and other legal professionals, law enforcement officials, and other service providers—the local experts—who on a day-to-day basis work with families struggling with substance use disorders. Combined, the quantitative and the qualitative results describe how the child welfare system interacts with community partners to serve an increasing population of parents whose substance use disorders have impaired their parenting and placed their children at risk.
Presenter(s): Robin Ghertner, US HHS/ASPE, Washington, DC

E4 – Embracing a Model of Practice to Develop and Support Foster and Adoptive or Resource Parents as Team Members in Child Protection and Trauma Informed Care of Children
The ongoing challenge to recruit and retain foster or resource parents is being more successfully addressed by agencies that recognize the benefit of having a model of practice to provide the consistent use of best practices by all staff who engage with these essential team members.  While recruitment, preservice training, mutual family assessment (home studies) and approval or licensing are critical steps, much stronger efforts must be made to support these families once they bring children who have experienced loss and trauma into their families.  Two primary goals of the workshop are to ensure that all work in support of resource families is true to agency mission and that the skills developed by prospective resource families are reinforced and enhanced through these families’ tenure with their respective agencies.  A particular focus will be on disruption prevention and ensuring that birth children of resource parents also are supported in the fostering and adopting process.
Presenter(s): Eshele Williams, CWLA, Altadena, CA; and Eileen Mayors Pasztor, School of Social Work California State University, Long Beach, CA

E5 – Trauma Responsive Information Sharing: Key Lessons Learned with Specialized Courts and Multi-Disciplinary Teams Supporting CSEC Youth
With more than 30,000 youth in foster care, and a significant issue with commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), Los Angeles, CA has had to develop some unique approaches and policies to sharing information in order to create efficient services, collaborative courts, and partnerships with non-government organizations. The lessons learned from these policies allow the youth access to support they need.  This session will review how to best work with information sharing guidelines to allow multidisciplinary teams to support children with a collaborative model.
Presenter(s): Amber Davies, Saving Innocence, Los Angeles, CA; Jenny Cheung-Marino, Children’s Law Center, Los Angeles, CA; and Maria Griglio, Los Angeles County Counsel, Monterey Park, CA

E6 – Serving Immigrant Children in the Child Welfare System
This workshop will provide attendees with information on the common forms of immigration relief that immigrant children in the child welfare system may be eligible for, so that field staff and attorneys involved in the child welfare system are able to recognize a child’s potential eligibility for various forms of relief.  Presenters will also highlight the steps the New Jersey Department of Children and Families has taken in the area of immigration to more effectively and efficiently serve its immigrant population base, and share successful implementation strategies for agencies to consider in the area of immigration.
Presenter(s): Meredith Pindar, New Jersey Department of Children and Families, Trenton, NJ; Randi Mandelbaum, Rutgers University Law School, Newark, NJ; and Joanne Gottesman, Rutgers Law School, Camden, NJ

E7 – Building Resilience in Teenagers:  An Evaluation of the Community-Wide Implementation of Reaching Teens©
In 1999, Fort Worth, TX suffered a community tragedy after an armed gunman entered a place of worship and fatally injured seven innocent teens and adults and injured seven others before taking his own life.  This tragedy was the catalyst for an in-depth examination of the city’s mental health system and the creation of the Mental Health Connection (MHC).  For the past 17 years, the MHC has spearheaded opportunities for collaborative problem solving, networking, access to collaborative funding opportunities, coordinated training and education on the latest research informed practices, and formed many successful collaborations that has brought about a collective impact in Tarrant County.  This workshop will highlight one of many community collaborations of the MHC, a 3-year pilot project and evaluation of the evidence-informed manual Reaching Teens© which wasdeveloped to build a more trauma-informed and resilient community.
Presenter(s): Patsy Thomas, Mental Health Connection of Tarrant County, Fort Worth, TX; Sonya Mosley, LCSW, Lena Pope, Fort Worth, TX

E8 – Identifying and Addressing Secondary Trauma in Child Welfare Settings
Through their daily work with children and family members that have been impacted by trauma, child welfare staff are at particularly high risk for developing secondary trauma reactions, which can mimic those of post-traumatic stress disorder and impair personal and professional functioning.  Additionally, child welfare staff often experience primary trauma as part of their work, and work within organizations whose cultures are negatively shaped by trauma.  This workshop will describe efforts to better understand and address such trauma within a large, multi-service agency, and provide attendees with strategies they can apply with their staff.
Presenter(s): Erika Tullberg, NYU School of Medicine, New York, NY; and Georgia Boothe, Children’s Aid Society, New York, NY

E9 – Healthy Connections
Early brain development is relationship-based. Every infant/toddler being raised in a family struggling with substance use should have the opportunity to build a healthy brain through healthy relationships with caregivers. Family members need support in both recovery and parenting. This presentation will describe the development of Healthy Connections, an innovative family-centered, model for enhancing development and building healthy relationships with families with newborns exposed to the effects of substance abuse in utero. Presenters will share lessons learned and specific strategies related to building a supportive community response to the treatment of mothers struggling with addiction and the well-being of their families.
Presenter(s): Louis Nieuwenhuizen, Marshall University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Huntington, WV; and Jo Dee Gottlieb, Marshall University, Huntington, WV; and Todd Davies, Marshall University Clinical Research Center, Huntington, WV

E10 – Supervision: An Effective Practice Tool for Supporting Staff Development and Service Goal Achievement
This workshop will examine the function of supervision in the delivery of child welfare services and its role in supporting child welfare staff.  The quality of supervision has an impact on the achievement of enhanced family, child, and youth service outcomes, and staff development and retention.  This interactive workshop will explore evidence-informed approaches to supervision, six key functions of supervision, and organizational structure that supports effective supervision.  Two primary goals of the workshop are to enhance skill development in the application of key supervisory functions, and promote the view that effective supervision is a partnership that depends on mutual respect and a collaborative approach.
Presenter(s): Charlene Ingram, CWLA, Erial, NJ; and Marcus Stallworth, CWLA, Naugatuck, CT

E11 – Improving Access to Healthcare and Reducing Costs for Transition-Aged Youth with Behavioral Health Problems
This workshop will describe findings from an implementation, outcomes, and cost study of a program designed to link transition-aged youth with behavioral health problems in foster care to community services and supports including access to primary and reproductive health care, education, employment and life skills. COACHES, initially supported by a grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services to a private/public partnership between Amerigroup, an insurance provider, and Families First, a private family services provider, is now sustained by state and insurance funding. Presenters will share the initial implementation plan and findings, revisions to the approach based on preliminary findings, health care cost savings, successful sustainability and plans for continued monitoring and evaluation.
Presenter(s): Michael Rodi, Families First, Atlanta, GA

E12 – Family Link:  Building a Cmprehensive Model for Shared Parenting between Birth and Foster Parents in the District of Columbia
Family Link is the District of Columbia’s unique shared parenting initiative, designed to build supportive relationships between birth and foster families. Family Link was developed through the strong partnership of the Foster & Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center, a local foster parent advocacy group, and DC’s Child and Family Services Agency. Family Link has created a significant systemic and culture shift in how families relate to each other and how the system supports these relationships. This interactive session will cover the partnership’s philosophical framework; the importance of the partnership in this effort; current resources and tools; and successes and challenges with systemic integration.
Presenter(s): Latasha Carroll, District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, Washington, DC; and Donna Flenory and Blaire Crumbley, Foster & Adoptive Parent Advocacy Center, Washington, DC

E13 – Trauma Informed Approach: Transforming Your Organization One Step at a Time
This presentation will provide attendees with foundational knowledge about adopting a trauma-informed approach, share practical ways in which providers can collaborate with community partners to make foundational changes, and highlight critical success factors for promoting sustainable organizational change. Presenters will also share their experience participating in the National Council for Behavioral Health’s Trauma-Informed Care Learning Community, an effort to assist organizations in planning, implementing, and maintaining trauma-informed care and a trauma-informed approach throughout the agency and to create safe environments for children and families to receive services, as well as the successes and failures they encountered in promoting organizational change.
Presenter(s): Jacey Coy and Theresa Lindberg, Casa de los Ninos, Tucson, AZ

LEARNING LABS

Learning Labs
Friday, April 27
10:30 am – 11:30 pm

LL1 – Early Support Beyond Educational Walls:  Professionals and Parents Collaborating for Youth
This presentation will be from both a professionals and parents perspective of children that experience behavioral health challenges between the ages of birth to 8-years old. The presenters will focus on behavioral early intervention and support for families, and share their own professional and personal experiences. As leaders in The Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health, the presenters will also share information about resources and various supports, including agency, groups and peer support, as well as understanding acronyms and important definitions pertaining to behavioral health care.  Additionally, the presenters will highlight the importantance of parents and professionals working hand and hand to strengthen parents/ families and children/ students.
Presenter(s): Monique Jackson, Early Steps Family Resources, Dacula, GA; and Teresa Wright Johnson, Younger Years & Beyond, Decatur, GA

LL2 – The Complementary Roles of CASA/GAL Volunteers, Children’s Counsel and Child Welfare Professionals in Court
This session will provide an overview of the complementary roles of Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)/ guardian ad litem (GAL) volunteers, children’s counsel and child welfare workers in child abuse and neglect proceedings. Children’s counsel provides legal representation throughout the often long and complex court process. CASA/GAL volunteers advocate for a child’s best interest by providing critical information to judges about the child’s needs and well-being.  Child welfare professionals play an integral role as representative of the agency legally charged with the care of the child and efforts to help the child achieve permanency.  In a time of diminishing resources, the effective collaboration of partners is essential to assure support of and advocacy for children and families.
Presenter(s): Sally Wilson Erny, National CASA Association, Washington, DC; and Diane Nunn, National CASA Association, Seattle, WA

LL3 – From Child Welfare to Child and Family Well-Being: Integrating a Child and Family Well-Being Framework Into Child Welfare Practice by Implementing Evidence-Based Assessments and Interventions That Improve Long-Term Child and Family Outcomes
Evidence-based assessment can effectively provide a better understanding of a child and family’s needs, which can lead to more targeted and timely service delivery. This presentation will provide an overview of a well-being practice framework and how evidence-based well-being assessments were integrated into child welfare services in order to improve child and parent functioning. The presenter will outline the process of identifying assessments and interventions that align with current child welfare practice and family well-being needs. Future directions for expanding assessment and intervention catalog and use of predictive analytics will be discussed.
Presenter(s): Luke Waldo, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI

LL4 – 21st Century Strategies for Outcomes Driven Continuous Quality Improvement
Continuous quality improvement (CQI) responsibilities often remain the purview of CQI units within child welfare agencies.  Frontline workers and middle managers feel that CQI happens “to” them rather than an agency-wide process that involves them. Executive leadership review data and make decisions disconnected from policy to practice feedback loops. This session will present strategies for creating an integrated approach to CQI for purposes of improving outcomes. Core strategies include: 1) having a measurable set of priority outcomes; 2) establishing an organization-wide governance structure oriented towards outcomes improvement; and 3) building CQI capacity at all levels of the organization.
Presenter(s): Yolanda Green-Rogers, Krista A. Thomas, and Khush Cooper, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

LL5 – Disproportionality: The Child Welfare Nexus
Delivering child welfare services involve multiple decisions regarding the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and their families. Unfortunately, some decisions result in disproportionate numbers of children of color being placed into out-of-home care, with many never returning to their families of origin. Because the values, skills, principles and biases of individual caseworkers can guide these decisions, it is important to understand the impact of disproportionality on children, families and their futures. This session will introduce the concept of disproportionality, its prevalence in child welfare and other child serving social services and its impact across the nation.
Presenter(s): Deborah Wilson Gadsden, Family Design Resources, Inc., Harrisbug, PA

LL6 – Show Me Strong Families
This session will share challenges, successes, and strategies from three different urban home visiting programs in St. Louis, Missouri (the Show Me state) working with a targeted population (teens, single parents, foster parents, grandparents parenting, incarcerated parents). Presenters will share how their own experiences coupled with the evidence-based curriculum help them partner, facilitate and reflect with their families.
Presenter(s): Dallyda Tatchi-Banda and Randall Hinton, Parents as Teachers National Center, St. Louis, MO

LL 7 – Preserving Families through Partnerships
Preserving Families through Partnerships uses five years of successful Regional Partnership Grant experience to share prevention and permanency outcomes in rural and urban populations. Results are achieved through partnering with the state child welfare agency in using the Signs of Safety Child Protection Practice Framework quickly partnering with families to address their identified needs. Using experiential activities to demonstrate the effectiveness of both the RPG and Signs of Safety models, this session will share examples of what works most effectively with rural vs. urban populations. Emphasis is placed on how intensive case management, peer mentoring, and supported transitional housing impact families.
Presenter(s): Beverly Long and Mary Turner, Preferred Family Healthcare, Springfield, MO

LL8 – Fostering Sibling Connections: Legal, Policy and Practice Strategies to Support Siblings in Foster Care
Presenters will explore the legal, policy, and practice landscape relating to the rights of siblings in foster care ten years after enactment of Fostering Connections to Success. This session will include: an overview of the literature demonstrating the importance of the sibling connection to positive outcomes for foster youth; a discussion of the federal and state laws addressing the rights of siblings to joint placement, visitation, and post-adoption contact; and positive practice developments that have demonstrated success in supporting sibling bonds. Presenters hope to include a former foster youth and foster parent who can share personal experiences.
Presenter(s): Leecia Welch and Anna Johnson, National Center for Youth Law, Oakland, CA; and Lily Colby, California CASA, Oakland, CA

LL9 – The Executive Coaching Model of Mentoring At-Risk Youth
The Executive Coaching model of mentoring offers a focused, goal-oriented strategy for mentoring at-risk youth, especially high school dropouts, with the objective of helping them develop a career interest and a plan of action to achieve that objective. The model utilizes volunteer mentor-coaches recruited from companies whose professional workforce is motivated to “give back” and who are also able to provide hands-on work experience through job shadowing and internships. An additional benefit to the program is the opportunity to engage employers in a meaningful way. Pre- and post-tests document gains in optimism about the future and perceived quality of life.
Presenter(s): Bob Stewart and Carolyne Ouya, Access, San Diego, CA

LL10 – Prevention Network for the Ortenaukreis in Germany
The Prevention Network Ortenaukreis, PNO, funded by the German Ministry of Education and Research, aims to promote physical and mental health as well as social inclusion of 3- to 10-year old children and their families in the Ortenau district. Within a period of four years starting November 2014, a community network will be established.  Presenters will share all essential components of the network.
Presenter(s): Ullrich Böttinger, Landratsamt Ortenaukreis, Offenburg, Germany

LL11 – Expanding Proven Program Models Through Public-Private Partnerships
Allegheny County Department of Human Services recently launched YVLifeSet in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania through a partnership with Youth Villages. YVLifeSet is designed to help young people aging out of care to live successfully through intensive, individualized services. In 2015, MDRC released findings of a randomized control trial which showed that YVLifeSet produced positive outcomes in multiple domains. Through joint funding from a Youth Villages grant and the Allegheny County Department of Human Services and its private partners, in addition to collaboration in planning and implementation, this public-private partnership has been successful in bringing a proven and effective service model to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Presenter(s): Katja Russell, Youth Villages, Memphis, TN; and Courtney Lewis, Allegheny County Department of Human Services, Pittsburgh, PA

LL12 – Building Better Outcomes for Transitioning Youth through the Homeless Youth Legal Network
This session will focus first on how child welfare stakeholders must insure that transition planning for youth in foster care prioritizes the prevention of homelessness, and must be knowledgeable about legal issues that can impact a youth beyond the dependency case and can contribute to homelessness.  Second, the session will highlight the launch of the ABA Homeless Youth Legal Network.  HYLN is mapping all available legal services to this population, whether in a traditional legal aid office, or a law school clinic, or an incubator program, or through pro bono services provided by a law firm or bar association. It has identified twelve model sites of legal services programs for homeless youth. HYLN is working to build best practices for the delivery of legal services to this population, to mentor and expand existing programs, to develop programs where none exist, and, finally, to address policy issues consistent with the prevention of homelessness.
Presenter(s): Linda Britton, American Bar Association, Washington, DC

LL13 – Staying Online:  Blended Learning and Leadership for Today’s Workforce
This presentation will focus on effective and creative ways to utilize blended learning to motivate and inform the diverse needs of staff in the residential treatment milieu.  Evidence-based research in online learning will be discussed.  Strategies to best devote live training time to the development of leadership for a stable and upwardly mobile workforce will be explored.  While today’s training and learning platforms offer a multitude of options for online education, time and attention span is at a premium.  The question is, how do we make the most efficient use of our time to develop leadership excellence?
Presenter(s): Sarah Ruback, St. Christopher’s Inc., Dobbs Ferry, NY

LL14 – Gender Matters:  Meeting the Needs of Youth in Multiple Systems through Evidenced Based-Gender Responsive Programs
Utilizing gender responsive programs to improve strategies for building safety and respect, reducing risk factors and increasing protective factors while providing services to meet the needs of children, youth, and families. The session will present three nationally recognized gender- responsive program models implemented across all cultures, race, ethnicities and socioeconomic status – specifically Girls Circle®, The Council for Boys and Young Men®, and Mother-Daughter Circle®.  Presenters hope to provide participants with the foundational guidelines for implementing these highly effective evidenced and research-based models in child welfare, schools, juvenile justice, mental health and community-based settings.
Presenter(s): Victoria Mahand, One Circle Foundaiton, San Rafael, CA

Learning Labs
Friday, April 27
11:45 am – 12:45 pm

LL15 – Child Care and Child Welfare: An Innovative Service Collaboration for Vulnerable Children
Child care and child welfare systems are both concerned about the safety and well-being of young children and yet rarely collaborate in a systematic way. This new strategy for providing child care services to young children placed in foster care, foster parents and kinship providers, will help meet their complex needs. The Los Angeles Child Care Resource Center, the University of Southern California, and the Department of Children and Family Services present a unique collaborative model based on their own research, data sharing, and months of work. This model has implications for child welfare and child care policy throughout California.
Presenter(s): Ellen Cervantes and Serena Bezdjian, Child Care Resource Center, Los Angeles, CA; Adrienne Olson, Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services, Van Nuys, CA; and Jacquelyn McCroskey, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

LL16 – Building Safe, Resilient Communities
Achieving sustainable change requires developing comprehensive strategies which address the many factors that create toxic stress in families, neighborhoods and communities and keep them from realizing their potential for success.  This session focuses on strategies for working with partners and communities that increase safety, resiliency and the potential for success using the At-Promise Youth and Family Center which opened in August 2017 and serves the highest crime area in Atlanta, Georgia.   Partners include: The Atlanta Police Foundation, Atlanta Police Department, Atlanta Public Schools, CHRIS 180, Atlanta Urban League, Street Smart Youth Project, the Boys and Girls Club, and local neighborhoods.
Presenter(s): Kathy Colbenson and Cindy Simpson, CHRIS 180, Atlanta, GA

LL17 – Building Resilience in Changing Times Through Pursuit of Cultural Competencies:  Enhancing Child Welfare Worker Education and Retention
Public child welfare workers and administrators often contend with politicized agendas that can cause practice dissonance impacting client outcomes and contribute to workforce issues. Client centered practice becomes minimized in favor of standardized interventions that unintentionally stereotype and prejudice outcomes contributing to racial disproportionality. Ineffective interventions then decrease worker efficacy leading to turnover or job disengagement. With attention to diversity, this presentation seeks to help practitioners realize challenges as pro-active opportunities to build a resilient workforce through cultural humility competencies reflected in social work education. Models of cultural humility and resiliency are presented in this session.
Presenter(s): William Wong, Cal State LA School of Social Work, Los Angeles, CA; and Retchenda George-Bettisworth, University of Alaska- Fairbanks, Fairbanks, AK

LL18 – JCCA’s Health Home Campaign: Using a “Sprint” Management Model to Effect Service Delivery
This workshop will present the use of an innovative management technique called a “sprint.”  A “sprint” is a short-term, rapid-paced effort to resolve an ineffective or challenging process that can negatively impact services to clients.  JCCA used this management technique in order to meet the challenge of a shift to Medicaid managed care business model in New York State.  The technique served to rally the JCCA workforce around specific, short-term goals that would have a deep impact on our ability to effectively serve the families and children in our care.
Presenter(s): Joanna Kibel-Gagne, David Goldstein and Ronald E. Richter, JCCA, New York, NY

LL19 – Increased Father Involvement: A Key Component to Child and Family Outcomes
You’ve probably heard it before: “Father Absence contributes to poor outcomes for children.” But how exactly does it affect children, and what can you do about it? Learn the latest research on the effect of father absence on children, the benefits of father involvement, and how the evidence-based fatherhood program 24/7 Dad® and other fatherhood resources help to address the 5 protective factors. Presenters  will provide an informative and energetic session presenting data from the 24/7 Dad® Fatherhood Program. Results demonstrate that the 24/7 Dad® program had a positive impact on young fathers and effectively improved their beliefs on partnering roles, fathering knowledge and overall attitude towards co-parenting and fathering. Presenters will also share impact statements and success stories from their work with fathers and families which help to establish the significance of what happens when clients make a meaningful shift in their perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs around fatherhood.
Presenter(s): Carter W. Patterson, UIH Family Partners, Trenton, NJ

LL20 – Financial Resilience: Surviving a Perfect Storm of Challenges in Funding for Nonprofit Agencies
Since the economic downturn in 2008, nonprofit agencies have been facing a combined set of new challenges that threaten their continued existence and ability to provide effective services for families and children. This presentation will share ideas and strategies that allow nonprofits to adapt to the changing economy and support new strategies that can help them strengthen their financial infrastructure, and create a stronger basis for future sustainability. It will include options to strengthen Board engagement and policies, creating agency investment/endowment options, developing other fundraising tactics, along with marketing ideas to better compete for limited funding.
Presenter(s): Rush Russell, Prevent Child Abuse New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ

LL21 – A Unique Community Partnership to Serve Homeless Families
This presentation will discuss the unique public/private collaboration between Social Services, the Family Care Network, and Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo, along with realtors/property managers, and community members working together to create housing for homeless families. This will include strategies and activities for reunifying youth in foster care, prevented due to family homelessness, as well as early intervention and prevention strategies for housing TANF eligible homeless families; coupled with providing skill building, services and supports to promote successful independence. Presenters will also discuss the use of public funding to leverage additional resources and community integration to secure housing.
Presenter(s): Devin Drake and Tracy Schiro, San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services, San Luis Obispo, CA; Jim Roberts and Jon Nibbio, Family Care Network, Inc., San Luis Obispo, CA; Scott Smith, Housing Authority of San Luis Obispo, San Luis Obispo, CA

LL22 – All Children – All Families Framework for Improving Practice with LGBTQ Youth and Families
This session will provide attendees with a foundation of knowledge on LGBTQ youth and families and their experiences within the child welfare system.  Participants will explore key concepts and terminology, research on LGBTQ families and experiences of LGBTQ youth in foster care, as well as the steps every child welfare professional can take to welcome and affirm LGBTQ youth and families within the walls of their agencies and beyond. The HRC Foundation’s All Children – All Families framework for practice improvement will be explained, including best practice policies and staff training in order to ensure LGBTQ inclusive practice settings. The program’s free, online innovative tools for agency self-assessment will be explained. Attendees will walk away with clear ideas for both short- and long-term goals related to LGBTQ practice improvement.
Presenter(s): Alison Delpercio, Human Rights Campaign Foundation, Washington, DC

LL23 – Measuring Resilience of Youth in Treatment
The IARCA Outcome Measures Project has evolved the past twenty years to include strength-based assessment tools.  The Child and Youth Resilience Measure (CYRM) is a widely recognized resilience tool.  The project is one of the largest users of CYRM globally (2016 N = 3200).  CYRM is user friendly and easy to complete.  It assists in treatment planning and yields useful outcome data to providers at both youth and program levels. This presentation will overview the integration of the tool, outcome analysis, and comments from executives and clinicians regarding utilization of the tool, outcome measures, and benefits to providers.
Presenter(s): Mark L. Hess, Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA), Indianapolis, IN; Steven J. Butera, Dockside Services, Inc., Highland, IN

LL24 – Supporting Permanency Options Through Social Security
Financial constraints may be a significant barrier to permanency for many youth in foster care.  For youth who are eligible, obtaining Social Security benefits is one strong and stable mechanism to financially assist youth in foster care, support placements with relatives, and pay for necessities. This session will identify the three main types of Social Security, including Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Disability Income (SSDI), and Social Security Survivor Benefits (SSSB).  Presenters will discuss eligibility criteria, how Social Security funds can be used, and highlight a current partnership in Delaware to ensure that Social Security is used to help support youth in foster care and promote permanency.
Presenter(s): Trenee Parker, Delaware Division of Family Services, Wilmington, DE; Eliza Hirst, Office of the Child Advocate, Wilmington, DE

LL25 – AMPlementation:  Implementing Achieve My Plan (AMP) Inside Five Rural Departments of Social Services to Improve Outcomes for Transition-Aged Youth
Thrive@25 (thrive25md.org) is an effort across five rural departments of social services in Maryland to design, implement, and evaluate an intervention to improve outcomes and reduce homelessness for transition age youth in foster care. The intervention is an individualized, youth-driven, strengths-based transition planning process, employing Achieve My Plan (AMP), an evidence-informed practice to increase youth engagement in team planning. Presenters will share the process of modifying an evidence-informed intervention for child welfare, including training and coaching methods. Presenters will also discuss strategies developed to address unexpected challenges in effecting system change, examine approaches to ensuring sustainability, and explore policy implications.
Presenter(s): Deborah Harburges and Sara Bowman, The Institute for Innovation & Implementation at the University of Maryland School of Social Work, Baltimore, MD; and Linda Webb,Talbot County Department of Social Services, Easton, MD

LL26 – “Putting the Pieces Together” at Our Kids of Miami-Dade and Monroe, Inc.
This presentation will provide information on how a supervisor training series was implemented at Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc. Presenters will provide distinct perspectives on their roles and experiences in the program and the unique opportunity it presented to shift the current paradigm within the participating agencies. Discussion will include an overview of the program model, supervisor feedback based on personal experience and focus group data, the importance of mentoring in supporting supervisors, and the sustainability of the training initiative. A particular focus will be placed on the evaluation strategies utilized, performance data collected and results of measurable outcomes.
Presenter(s): Adrienne Celaya and Denise Gil-Pere, Our Kids of Miami-Dade/Monroe, Inc., Miami, FL; and Carole Wilcox, University of Denver’s Butler Institute for Families, Denver, CO

LL27 – Keeping Families Intact: A New Approach to Helping Mothers with Addiction
Presenters will highlight a new program in which Maryville Academy has partnered with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) of Illinois, as well as the Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse (DASA).  The Moms Recovery Home is dedicated to keeping families intact and offering mothers and their children a safe and stable environment to live while the moms are newly sober and entering into the recovery process.  As an alternative to automatically removing children from the care of their drug addicted mothers, Maryville has partnered with DCFS and DASA, to provide a treatment model that is focused on holistic healing and keeping families together.  The Moms Recovery Home offers supports and services that are focused on parenting, trauma recovery, addiction and sobriety, and mental health.
Presenter(s): Sarah Melgarejo, Donita Jackson and Fred Smith, Maryville Academy, Des Plaines, IL

LL28 – Building Leaders through E-Learning:  One Agency’s Experience with the Leadership Academy for Supervisors
Learn how you can implement the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute’s  Leadership Academy for Supervisors  (LAS) in your organization –  what it takes, and how it supports your supervisors’ resilience, growth and leadership development.  Presenters will share how the Connecticut Department of Children and Families adopted the LAS as a regular part of its training for supervisory development.  Presenters will also discuss how to prepare for and deliver the LAS and how e-learning design strategies were used to maximize outcomes for LAS participants.  Learn how this free supervisory leadership development program can support your agency’s need for effective supervisors and future leaders.
Presenter(s): Gretchen Robbins and Crystal French, Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy, University of Southern Maine, Augusa, ME; and Marshall Soloway, Muskie School of Public Service, University of Southern Maine, Agusta, ME; and Tim Monahan, Connecticut Department of Children and Families’ Academy for Family & Workforce Knowledge Development, Hartford, CT

POSTER SESSIONS

Poster Sessions
Saturday, April 28
7:30 am – 8:30 am

1 – Data-Informed Advocacy in Texas: Increasing Investments Across Our Child Welfare System, from Prevention to Workforce
Texas has made significant investments in its child welfare system, including improvements in: workforce salary, child abuse prevention and kinship. Pivotal aspects for these investments are attributed to data transparency and accessibility in Texas’ child welfare system. This presentation will provide an overview of innovative data processes currently used to inform child welfare advocates, highlight an example of how an interactive geographical risk mapping is used to advocate for child welfare in Texas using agency data, and share strategies to inform lawmakers and other key stakeholders on community needs and how to incorporate agency data indicator to solve community problems.
Presenter(s): Dimple Patel, TexProtects and Texas Chapter for Prevent Child Abuse America, Dallas, TX; and Dana Booker, TexProtects, Dallas, TX

2 – Evaluation of a Program for Parents With Learning Difficulties and Their Children Following Child Protection Investigation
A review of a pilot program measured through quantitative means to decreasing anxiety and increasing parental competence in parents with learning difficulties. This presentation will cover an overview of how parents with learning difficulties were referred for services for the purpose of increasing parental competency and asked to participate in a twenty-four-week program including participation in weekly individual counseling, parent training groups, parent coaching and parent processing sessions. Results shared include the importance of developing an interpersonal relationship between parents and service providers; parental reduction in anxiety, increasing parental attunement; and increasing parental competency can strengthen the interpersonal relationship with and between the parent and child and service providers.
Presenter(s): Denice Mock, ParentsWithPromise, DeKalb, IL

3 – Strong & Stable Families: Integrating Healthy Relationship Skills to Build Resiliency
Empowering families with the necessary tools and resources to strengthen their interpersonal skills using healthy relationship education (HRE) can strengthen families to break cycles of dysfunction and change the trajectory for families most at-risk of separation and for those that have been separated to help build skills that help families successfully reunite, as well as build the capacity of kinship providers and adoptive and foster families. This presentation will provide resources, tools, and successful strategies on integrating HRE to build family resiliency and safe, stable, and healthy homes for children.
Presenter(s): Robyn Cenizal, National Resource Center for Healthy Marriage and Families/ ICF, Fairfax, VA

4 – Raising Black Boys
A 2015 survey of all Cradle families raising black children revealed that the majority have experienced racism. Many fear for the safety and well-being of their black sons. The Cradle launched its Our Children initiative in early 2016 with a roundtable on Raising Black Boys, followed by a webcast on the same topic. Raising Black Boys addressed the discussions that families must have with their sons and preparations needed to ensure their safety. Presenters will share questions and concerns parents have raised, insights from panelists, and expand the discussion to educate professionals.
Presenter(s): Nijole Yutkowitz and Mandy Jones, The Cradle, Evanston, IL

5 – Quality Standards for Residential Care: Crosswalk of Regulations and Guidelines
This presentation will highlight a review of quality residential care and treatment practice standards identified in published English-language sources. Sixty quality standards were identified and a cross-walk of individual practices across the published sources for each standard was developed. The nuances of practice underlying these standards will be shared. Meeting all or most of the 60 identified quality standards will require consistent, persistent effort and dedicated resources, but can produce good long-term outcomes that research has shown will result in positive return on investment.
Presenter(s): Jonathan Huefner, Boys Town, Boys Town, NE

6 – Reducing Childhood Trauma: The Teddy Bear Trauma Reduction Program
Childhood trauma is one of the most “overlooked” conditions that children of all ages experience at various stages of their life. In many situations an actual trauma event compounds the overall traumatic experiences of a child, resulting in a condition referred to as  “enduring trauma.” Presenters will define and share the various conditions of “trauma,” and offer an efficient and economical program that can be used in almost every child serving agency in almost every locality… in the world.
Presenter(s): Samantha  Grier, Caring for Children, San Francisco, CA; and Peter Breen, CWLA and Caring for Children, San Anselmo, CA

7 – Promoting Racial Equity through Workforce and Organizational Actions
Families and children of color involved in today’s child welfare system experience worse outcomes as a whole. Racial equity means that racial identity no longer predicts how someone will fare in the child welfare system related to assessment, service quality, or opportunities. “Promoting Racial Equity through Workforce and Organizational Actions” provides initial guidance to child welfare leaders on how to define racial equity, why action on racial equity is important and how to get started. This poster presentation will provide participants with an opportunity to explore their role in promoting racial equity and to identify a starting point for their work.
Presenter(s): Sharon Kollar, National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, Albany, NY

8 – District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency’s Safe & Stable Families Redesign:  Shifting Course of Supports and Services Using Continuous Quality Improvement
This presentation will share successful strategies using Continuous Quality Improvement processes to build organizational and community capacity, and to design and implement supports, interventions and services based on evidence, data, and knowledge.  The presenters will also detail the use of CQI processes embedded in their agency – wide CQI system to improve services that ultimately lead to preventing foster care entry, improving family functioning and the safety and well-being of families.
Presenter(s): Brittney Hannah and Robert L. Matthews, District of Columbia Child and Family Services Agency, Washington, DC

Advocacy

CWLA National Advocacy Leaders Convening
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 • 12:00 pm – 5:30 pm

This special pre-conference event will build on our recent activism and work with CWLA members and leaders. Participants will receive the latest updates from Capitol Hill and have an opportunity to engage in important policy discussions about the legislative challenges and opportunities in these changing times. The Convening will feature several panel discussions and speakers on the vital issues coming before Congress in 2018. Panelists will include key legislative staff from the Senate Finance Committee and House Ways and Means Committee.

Of particular focus will be discussion of legislative proposals to address the impact of the opioid epidemic on child welfare, the Administration’s 2018 positions and priorities for child welfare, the impact of the latest health care initiatives—especially regarding the Affordable Care Act and Medicaid—and the range of budget cuts and appropriations. The Convening will wrap up with instructions and discussion on going to Capitol Hill—which is conveniently just a few minutes’ walk from our conference venue.

Capitol Hill Visits
Thursday, April 26, 2018 • 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Join Us for Advocacy Day 2018 and Go to the Hill!

CWLA members and conference participants will have an opportunity to take what they have learned from the National Advocacy Leaders Convening on Wednesday afternoon and information from the Thursday-morning policy plenary to go to Capitol Hill and meet their Senators and House Members. This year, we are providing a dedicated time to go to Capitol Hill. The conference hotel is a short distance away from Capitol Hill offices—just a brief walk to reach your Senators and Representatives.

The most important thing you can do while you’re at the conference is to promote child welfare priorities on Capitol Hill! In these alarming times of budget cuts, devastating health care proposals, and a range of legislative challenges affecting children—from home visiting, to CHIP, to CAPTA, to the Social Services Block Grant and potential changes to foster care, adoption and kinship care—it is more important than ever to make your constituent voice 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 and 2018 being the first full year of the new administration’s legislative agenda. 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, CWLA was in the fight: the Affordable Care Act, Home Visiting, CHIP, Medicaid block grants, budget cuts, and much more! What will the fight be in 2018? Block Grants? Cuts in Child Welfare funding? Cuts to your children’s funding?

Your Voice is Powerful When You Deliver it in Person!

Training Institute

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 some of today’s most relevant topics. Participants should select both a Saturday and Sunday training session when registering. Lunch will be provided on Sunday.

SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2018
2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Using the 3-5-7 Model to Improve Child Well-Being: Fidelity and Implementation Management
Children and youths engaged with the child welfare system can experience grief and loss because of trauma, broken relationships, and inadequate attachments. Interventionists are often challenged to implement effective strategies that help youths to reestablish trusting relationships and to promote overall psychological well-being. The 3-5-7 Model, a strengths-based approach that empowers children, youths, and families to engage in grieving and integrating significant relationships, is an evolving scientifically based model. In this session, participants will learn about the 3-5-7 Model. A multifaceted learning approach is used to impart critical lessons about model implementation, coaching, training, supervision, and evaluation.
Trainer(s): Dr. Ramona Denby-Brinson, Associate Dean for Research, Arizona State University, College of Public Service and Community Solutions, Phoenix, AZ; Darla Henry, President, Dr. Darla Henry & Associates, Inc., Harrisburg, PA; Stephanie Hodge Wolfe, Program Director, Darla Henry & Associates, Inc., Harrisburg, PA; Dr. Keith A. Alford, Director, Syracuse University, School of Social Work, Syracuse, NY; and Efren Gomez, Visiting Researcher, The Brookings Institution, Center on Children and Families Economic Studies, Washington, DC

Technology and Teen Suicide
Advancements in technology and social media have brought the world closer in many ways. For some, their online presence is directly related to social status and peer acceptance. When faced with rejection, many users are turning to injurious behavior often resulting in suicide. This training will explore ways to identify and reduce risks associated with social media and suicide, particularly for children in child welfare. The intended audience for this training includes administrators, supervisors, direct service workers, and caregivers of children and youth in care.
Trainer(s): Marcus Stallworth, LMSW, CWLA Training and Development Specialist, Naugatuck, CT

Becoming Trauma-Informed: Moving from Awareness to Action
Exposure to traumatic stress is increasingly understood as a public health issue with far-reaching consequences for individuals and society. Impacts are seen in the behavioral health, physical health, homelessness, child welfare, and justice systems. Awareness of the effects of trauma has led to a call to adopt a trauma-informed approach organization- and system-wide. In a trauma-informed agency, all aspects of a service delivery system—from how the workforce is trained to what procedures and policies are adopted—are designed to promote resilience and healing for service users, providers, and organizations. Participants in this training will have the opportunity to learn about: a framework and process for adopting a trauma-informed approach program- or organization-wide; individual and organizational strategies for providing trauma-informed care; and an instrument that measures current capacity in trauma-informed care at an organizational level.
Trainer(s): Kathleen Guarino, LMHC, Senior TA Consultant, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

Rural Community Models for Recruiting, Retaining, and Supporting African American Families who Adopt
Although African American youth represent 14.5 % of the U.S. child population, they represent 23% or 24,312 of the 111,820 children waiting to be adopted in the U.S. foster care system. Most state and local agencies are challenged to find permanent families for these waiting children. Often, recruitment of African American families is primarily focused on urban communities. However, this training session will focus on the successful adoptions of hundreds of African American children by African American families living in rural communities in South Carolina and Texas. Specifically, the presenters will focus on findings from a recent study that identified agency, community, spiritual, and familial factors that led to these successful placements of more than 700 African American children from foster care. This hands-on training will provide strategies for developing innovative, community-based models to expand options for achieving permanency for African American children and will include exercises related to the recruitment, retention, and support of families for all children.
Trainer(s): Kathleen Belanger, MSW, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Social Work, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches TX; Joe Haynes, Adoption Advocacy, Spartanburg, SC; and Ruth G. McRoy, MSW, PhD, Donahue and DiFelice Endowed Professor, Boston College School of Social Work

The Value of Accreditation: Moving Your Agency toward Excellence
Accreditation provides agencies the opportunity to make a commitment to excellence and best practice standards by providing quality services and effectively managing resources. Come meet with key accrediting bodies to learn more about the importance and value of accreditation, as well as how you can move your agency toward excellence.
Trainer(s): TBD

SUNDAY, APRIL 29, 2018
8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Neighbors Helping Neighbors to Reduce Child Abuse and Neglect: How We Are Doing and How We Can Do Better
Almost 25 years ago, the U.S. Advisory Board on Child Abuse and Neglect (CAN) said that a strategy to eliminate child abuse and neglect must ensure neighborhoods are “safe havens” for children and families since “child maltreatment in a neighborhood is often tied to the quality of life in that neighborhood.” Further, the Advisory Board said that addressing CAN requires contributions from many stakeholders, including health, law enforcement, mental health, social services, education, housing, transportation, and the communities themselves. While the Advisory Board did not specifically use the words “social determinants of health” (SDOH), their approach clearly includes addressing them. The Advisory Board also stated that families, communities, and youth should be empowered to identify their needs and identify solutions.

This training will help formulate answers to the following questions:

  • How are we doing in addressing the social determinants of health in order to eliminate CAN?
  • How can we do better, particularly with regard to empowering communities and youth?

In this session, participants will be provided:  an analysis of data on child abuse and neglect (CAN) and CAN fatalities and recommendations from fatality reviews as a way of identifying critical SDOH and how they have or have not been recognized or addressed; and a few examples of how different sectors (law enforcement, education, child welfare) have worked with communities to solve their problems and how youth themselves have been a powerful force for change.

This training will engage participants in: critical conversation around the challenges and solutions to address the social determinants of health in the prevention of CAN; assessing how the recommendations of their fatality reviews (child death review, domestic violence fatality review, fetal infant mortality review) could assist in addressing the SDOH; and identifying three new strategies that could be implemented to engage communities and youth in preventing child abuse and neglect and the most tragic outcome: fatalities.
Trainer(s): Liz Oppenheim, JD, Vice President, Hyzer Group, Arlington, VA

Youth Involved with Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: The Power of Partnership in Building Youth and System Resiliency
Youth who touch both the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, also known as “dual status youth,” are among the most vulnerable served by each system. Those working with these youth recognize the challenges inherent in serving children who often have high needs, significant trauma, and tenuous or largely absent support systems. Systems are strained by these challenges, and youth are suffering the consequences, as demonstrated by poor outcomes in both adolescence and adulthood. The Robert F. Kennedy National Resource Center for Juvenile Justice has developed a framework for addressing these challenges and promoting collaboration between agencies that together can achieve what no single system can alone. In this training, staff from the RFK National Resource Center will provide dynamic guidance on the tools, approaches, and recommended practices to improve outcomes for this population of youth, thereby strengthening the systems and agencies serving these valuable young people.

The session will include child welfare practitioners who have successfully built partnerships with their juvenile justice counterparts and witnessed the establishment and strengthening of a true alliance in serving these highly vulnerable youth.  Participants will engage in interactive discussions and activities to explore the benefits and challenges of collaborative work on behalf of the youth involved in child welfare and juvenile justice, and will leave with knowledge, tools and a roadmap for strengthening their agency or organization’s ability to serve dual status youth.
Trainer(s): Jessica Heldman, Associate Executive Director, RFK National Resource Center, Boston, MA

Protecting Our Children: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking
What is human trafficking—also known as modern day slavery—and what is domestic minor sex trafficking (DMST)? The biggest concern for those combating human trafficking in the United States is helping US- born youth in DMST. This training will give professionals and caregivers the skills and tools needed to recognize the signs of DMST, and to engage and protect the children involved. The training is interactive and uses scenarios, group discussion, and videos to demonstrate how to address DMST.

The training, based on the CWLA curriculum Protecting Our Children: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Training for Out-of-Home Care Professionals, utilizes a train-the-trainer model designed to equip participants to engage others in learning how to identify, report, and prevent DMST in the community at large and in out-of-home-care settings (family foster care, residential facilities, drop-in centers, homeless shelters, juvenile justice settings, aftercare programs).
Trainer(s): Emily Wampler, MSW, LSW, Protecting Our Children Curriculum Author, Columbus, OH

Mental Health First Aid
8:30 am – 5:00 pm
(please note end time) 
Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis. This Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) certification training will teach participants how to recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness and substance use disorders, provide comfort, de-escalate those in crisis, and if necessary, refer someone to professional help. This eight-hour interactive and evidence-based session has been taught to more than a million people in the United States and hundreds of thousands more in 25 other countries around the world.
Trainer(s): LaKiesha Cotton, Statewide Lead for MHFA, and New Mexico Children, Youth & Families Department, Behavioral Health Services, Santa Fe, NM; and Jewell Good, MSW, LISW-S, Assistant Director, Montgomery County Children Services, Dayton, OH

Be sure to check back regularly for updated information regarding additional training sessions!

Hotel & Travel

Conference Location and Accommodations

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 737-1234
Conference Room Rate:  $249

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 April 5, 2018, 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

Join us as a Conference Sponsor and enjoy networking with hundreds of the most influential experts and service providers for America’s children, youth, and families. NEW this year is an exciting mobile event app that assures increased impressions and exposure for sponsors and exhibitors and will maximize attendee engagement with you. Review the Conference App Sponsorship options. There is an opportunity for every business and budget!

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. For more information, please contact Resilience2018@cwla.org.

ALL CONFERENCE SPONSORS RECEIVE:

  • Company logo and name billing on conference signage
  • Inserts for conference tote bags
  • Company logo on sponsor page in conference final program

BRONZE SPONSORS – $10,000

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

SILVER SPONSORS – $15,000 (All the above AND)

  • One-time use of the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists
  • Half-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Exhibit booth
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Recognition in five conference e-blasts

GOLD SPONSORS – $25,000 (All the above AND)

  • Add-On Eligibility (see options below)
  • Company logo on CWLA conference material and on the CWLA website, cwla.wpengine.com
  • Full-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Special recognition in five conference e-blasts

PLATINUM SPONSORS – $50,000 (All the above AND)

  • Webinar opportunity
  • Two “specialty advertisements” in CWLA’s The Networker, our twice-monthly e-news brief
  • Upgraded exhibit booth (Premium)
  • Company logo on conference tote bag
  • Full-page ad space in the conference registration program (mailed to 13,000+ mailing list)
  • Special recognition in ALL conference e-blasts
  • Discounted Add-Ons (25%)

SPONSOR ADD-ONS (For Gold and Platinum Levels Only)

  • PATH TO EXCELLENCE – $5,000 (per day)
    • Company name, logo, and booth number on floor arrows from front door of hotel directly to your exhibit booth, featured outside of the exhibit hall entrance (first come, first served)
  • KEYS TO EXCELLENCE (two options):
    • Key Cards – $3,000 – Company name/ logo (your design and message) on all attendee hotel key cards
    • Adhesive Cell Phone Wallet – $5,000 – Company name/ logo (your design and message) on all attendee souvenir adhesive cell phone wallet for key cards/credit cards

COFFEE/SNACK BREAK SPONSORS – $10,000 (four available)

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

BOX 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
  • Acknowledgement from the podium during a General Session
  • Recognition in five conference e-blasts
  • Company logo and name billing on meal function signage
  • Exclusive sponsor for conference box lunch (ONE available)

CONFERENCE BREAKFAST/LUNCH SPONSORS – $25,000 (All the above AND)

  • Company logo on CWLA conference material and on the CWLA website, cwla.wpengine.com
  • Full-page ad space in the conference final program
  • Special recognition in five conference e-blasts
  • Four breakfast or lunch sponsorships available

DINNER PLENARY OR OPENING RECEPTION SPONSOR – $50,000 (All the above AND)

  • Webinar opportunity
  • Two “specialty advertisements” in CWLA’s The Networker, our twice-monthly e-news brief
  • Upgraded exhibit booth (Premium)
  • Company logo on conference tote bag
  • Full-page ad space in the conference registration program (mailed to 13,000+ mailing list)
  • Special recognition in ALL conference e-blasts
  • Acknowledgement during reception champagne toast
  • Exclusive sponsor for opening reception (ONE available)

POWER-UP CHARGING STATION – $7,500

  • Exclusive sponsor of conference charging station
  • Company logo and name billing on charging station signage
  • Quarter-page ad space in the conference final program

CONFERENCE WI-FI – $5,000 (two available)

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

BUSINESS CARD FLASH DRIVE/USB – $5,000

  • Company name and logo on business card flash drive/USB

CONFERENCE LANYARDS – $3,000

  • Company name/logo on conference name badge lanyards

HEALTH AND FITNESS SPONSOR – $2,000

  • Exclusive sponsor of conference Zumba class
  • Company logo on water bottles for all class participants

Exhibiting & Advertising

Exhibiting

Meet face-to-face with CEOs, administrators, workers, researchers, advocates, and other child and family experts and advocates who are eager to explore new thinking and new products. As a bonus, CWLA vendors will receive the pre- and post-conference attendee mailing lists for marketing.

Exhibiting is an easy and economical approach to share your company brand and products. The exhibit hall is the hub of the conference being the location of the opening reception, breakfast, lunch, and a snack/coffee break. This year, we will have a scavenger hunt and exciting raffle prizes sure to drive excitement and traffic to and through the exhibit hall!

Past exhibitors who have expressed 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 or the room key cards, flash drives, adhesive cell phone wallets, lanyards, conference Wi-Fi, or a coffee break?  Check out our Sponsorship Opportunities. We have options for nearly every organization and budget.

Special Events in the Exhibit Hall:

  • Snack/Coffee Break
  • Opening Reception
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Raffles and Prizes

Exhibit Fees (per 8′ x 10′ space):

  • $1550 for Premium Vendors (high traffic space)
  • $1295 for General Vendors
  • $1095 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
    • Optional add-ons: tote bag insert, raffle tickets, etc. (see below)
    • List of registrants for pre-conference marketing
    • Post-conference attendee mailing list for one-time use
    • Dedicated exhibit hall times and functions
    • A 30% discount on all conference advertising

Scavenger Hunt – Promote Your Specialty

Attendees will be given a list of items to find around the exhibit hall. They won’t know which exhibitor has which item on the list, so they will have to visit each one until they have collected all the coveted scavenger items. As an exhibitor, you can promote your service or product by “sponsoring” an item for the hunt. This means that a desired “item” on the list will be found only at your exhibit booth!

  • Cost: $250
  • Provide an item from your booth as a required object for the Scavenger Hunt
  • Promote your company services/specialty (i.e. Find the booth that provides first class training for social workers; Find the booth that helps improve quality services with accreditation)

Meet & Greet Raffle

All exhibitors will receive 25 raffle tickets to give to anyone who visits your booth. If you want to be super popular, you can sponsor a roll of raffle tickets (200) and give visitors to your booth EXTRA tickets if they stay and listen to your presentation or sign up for more information. The more tickets they receive, the more chances they have to win fabulous prizes!

  • Cost: $250
  • Attendees can win prizes with raffle tickets provided by Exhibitor (i.e. Give one raffle ticket if they stop by; give five tickets if they sign-up to receive more information, etc.)

Tote Bag Inserts – An Exhibitor/Sponsor Exclusive!

  • Cost: $400
  • Limit: One item per bag, per Exhibitor

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

  • Set up: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 5:30 pm
  • Dismantle: Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00 pm
  • Exhibiting Dates & Times: Thursday, April 26, 2018, 7:00pm – Friday, April 27, 2018, 7:00pm

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 1, 2017.

Other:

Questions?  E-mail Resilience2018@cwla.org

Advertising

Maximize your exposure! Advertise in the conference final program.

Benefits

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

 Deadlines

  • Reserve final program ad space by March 2, 2018.
  • Submit art by March 12, 2018.

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 7.000 to 8.000 $2,100 $3,450
Back Cover (bleed) 8.75 x 7.25 to 8.25 $2,100 $3,450


Registration and Payment:

Other:

Questions?  E-mail Resilience2018@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 the Exhibit Hall and/or near Conference Registration.

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 Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

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 Resilience2018@cwla.org.

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