Conference Workshops



Monday, April 15, 2013

11:15 am –12:30 pm

A1 - Multi-State Permanency Outcomes for Older Youth: One Year after Permanency Roundtables

Presenters: Kirk O'Brien & Linda Jewell Morgan, Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA; and Tyler Corwin, Northwest Social Research Group, Seattle, WA


A3 - Medicaid Reform for Foster Care

Presenters: Tracy Eilers & Pat Wilson, Cenpatico, Austin,TX


A4 - Trends in Psychotropic Medication Utilization in Foster Care: Review of the Texas Approach

Presenters: Mark Konyesni & Cheryl Fisher, Cenpatico, Austin,TX


A5 - Racial Healing and Race Equity: Decolonization in Tribal-State Relations

Presenters: Terry L. Cross, National Indian Child Welfare Association, Portland, OR;and Cindy Blackstock, First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada, Ottawa, ON


A6 - Preventing Child Fatalities: The Role of Child Fatality Review Teams in Addressing Prevention through Collaboration

Presenters: Liz Oppenheim,Walter R. McDonald & Associates, Inc., Rockville, MD; and David P. Kelly & Catherine M. Nolan, Children's Bureau, Washington, DC


A8 - Every Child is Adoptable

Presenters: Karin Malm & Avis Thompson, Child Trends, Washington, DC


A9 - Program Design and Implementation: The Right Idea - Making it Work - PART 1

Presenters: Vivian Tseng, William T. Grant Foundation, New York, NY; Alex Neuhoff, Partner, The Bridgespan Group, New York, NY; Miriam Landsman, National Resource Center for Family Centered Practice, University of Iowa School of Social Work, Iowa City, IA; and Anne Gruenewald, Four Oaks, Cedar Rapids, IA


A10 - USA Swimming Safe Sport Program: Implementing Abuse Prevention in a Sports Community

Presenters: Susan Woessner,USA Swimming, Colorado Springs, CO; Britt Darwin-Looney, Praesidium, Inc., Arlington, TX; and Andrea Bartolo, CWLA, Washington, DC


A11 - Justice and Trauma –How the Two Shall Meet

Presenters: Hildegard Messenbaugh & Renee Johnson, Third Way Center, Inc., Denver, CO


A12 - Future Trends Affecting Human Services

Presenters: Monica Oss & Howard Shiffman, OPEN MINDS, Gettysburg, PA; Christine James-Brown, CWLA, Washington, DC


A13 - Programming for Kinship Care Families: Current and Future Trends

Presenters: Andrea Smith, Western Michigan University, Grand Rapids, MI


A14 - A Primer on TransYouth: An Overview of Medical, Mental Health, and Legal Issues

Presenters: Asaf Orr, National Center for Lesbian Rights, San Francisco, CA; and Michele Angello, Wayne Counseling Center, Wayne, PA

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Monday, April 15, 2013

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

B1 - All Children – All Families: Creating an LGBTQ Welcoming Agency to Improve Services and Outcomes for Youth and Families

Presenters: Chris Downs, Downs Group, LLC, Seattle, WA; Ellen Kahn, Human Rights Campaign, Washington, DC; and Yvette Jackson, Devereux Arizona, Tucson, AZ


B2 - Children of Incarcerated Parents in the Child Welfare System: Challenges and Best Practices

Presenters: Ann Adalist-Estrin, National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated, Family and Corrections Network, Jenkintown, PA; Kathleen Creamer, Community Legal Services, Philadelphia, PA; Kristi Chauvin Baker & Pastor Andre Harris, San Mateo County Human Services Agency, Redwood City, CA


B3 - Children Crossing Borders: Stories in Trauma, Teamwork & Supporting the Health of Immigrant Families and Adolescents

Presenters: Traci Gardner & Wendy Claudio, The Children's Village, Dobbs Ferry, NY; and Linda Butler, Ellen Bean & Libby McConnell, Spurwink Services, Portland, ME

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B4 - Taking Fatherhood Work to the Next Level: Exploring Father Involvement Curriculums as Beneficial Tools in Promoting Positive Behaviors and Healthy Relationships

Presenters: Samantha Florey & Roderick Elzy, Strategies-Children's Bureau, Anaheim, CA; and  Alan-Michael Graves, Andre Feijoo & Anthony Young, Children's Institute, Inc., Los Angeles, CA

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B5 - Strategies for Addressing Challenging Child Welfare Issues: Racial Disproportionality and Disparities and Service Delivery to Women of Color with HIV/AIDS

Presenters: Kathleen Belanger, Stephen F. Austin State University, Nacogdoches, TX; and Ruth McRoy, Boston College Graduate School of Social Work, Chestnut Hill, MA


B6 - Ensuring the Rights of Families Affected by Parental Disability: A Call to Action

Presenters: Robyn M. Powell, National Council on Disability, Washington, DC; Katharine Kaplan, Temple University Collaborative on Community Inclusion of Individuals with Psychiatric Disabilities, Philadelphia, PA; Traci LaLiberte, Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN; and Elizabeth Lightfoot, School of Social Work, University of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN

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B7 - Faith-Based Community Raises the Bar for Children, Youth, and Families

Presenters :  Antionette Malveaux, Casey Family Program, Seattle, WA; Gary Taylor, Children and Family Services Division, Orange County Social Services Agency, Santa Ana, CA; Lynn Young, Saddleback Church, Lake Forest, CA; Mona K. Davis & Alicen Bennett, Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Children and Family Services, Little Rock, AR; Maureen E. Archibald, Harvest of Hope, Somerset, NJ; Temi Kufeji, Jewish Child Care Association, New York, NY; and Yaridis Garcia & Trenia Cox, Juvenile Welfare Board Children's Services Council of Pinellas County, Clearwater, FL

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B8 - Housing and Economic Security Solutions for Child Welfare Families and Youth

Presenters: Ruth White, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, University Park, MD; Ron Ashford, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Family Self Sufficiency, Washington, DC; Tanya Tull, Partnering for Change, Los Angeles, CA; Betsy Cronin, The Connection, Inc., Middletown, CT; and Mark Kroner, Lighthouse Training Institute, Cincinnati, OH


B9 - Rethinking Adoption in the 21st Century

Presenters: Adam Pertman, Evan B. Donaldson Adoption Institute, New York, NY

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B10 - Securing Our Financial Future

Moderator: Howard Shiffman, OPEN MINDS, Gettysburg, PA

Presenters : Karen Yarberry, Jefferson Hills, Lakewood, CO; Bentley Smith, Devereux Cleo Wallace, Westminster, CO; Todd Landry, Lena Pope Home, Ft. Worth, TX; Donna Pressma, Children's Home Society of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ; and Joseph Costa, Hillsides, Pasadena, CA

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B11 - A National Model: The Evolution of Kinship Services in Mercer County, NJ

Presenters: Leonard Feldman, Pat Nardone & Dolores A. Ijames–Bryant, The Children's Home Society of New Jersey, Trenton, NJ

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B12 - CWLA National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare: Moving it Forward

Presenters: Julie Collins & Andrea Bartolo, CWLA, Washington, DC; and Etta Lappen Davis, Etsky Consulting, Bolton, MA


B13 –Leveraging Neuroscience - Part 2:  Applying Neuroscience to Family Interactions

Presenters: Stacy Drury & Michael Sheeringa, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; Joan Kaufman, Yale University, New Haven, CT; Joan Morrell, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ;  and Brenda Jones Harden, University of Maryland, College Park, MD


Tuesday, April 16, 2013

8:30 am –10:15 am

Breakfast Workshop - Future Trends Affecting Human Services Part 2: How to Plan for the Future

Presenters: Rejean Carlson & Howard Shiffman, OPEN MINDS, Gettysburg, PA

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

9:00 am –10:15 am

C1 - How Community Centers and Neighborhood-Based Family Support Networks can be Key Partners for Child Welfare Agencies

Presenters: Peter Pecora,Casey Family Programs, Seattle, WA; Caitlin Murphy, Ounce of Prevention Fund of Florida, Tallahassee, FL; Joanne M.A. Robertson, Family Support Services of North Florida, Inc., Jacksonville, FL; and Shawn Salamida, Partnership for Strong Families, Gainesville, FL

C2 - Program Design and Implementation: The Right Idea - Making it Work - PART 2

Presenters : Vivian Tseng, William T. Grant Foundation, New York, NY; Anne F. Farrell, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT; Jenny Vesco, Connecticut Department of Children and Families, Hartford, CT; Kathleen Savino, The Connection, Inc., Middletown, CT


C3 - No Youth Left Behind:  Improving Educational Outcomes through Cross-System Collaboration

Presenters: Richard Weisgal,Technical Assistance Partnership, American Institutes for Research, Walnut Creek, CA; Simon Gonsoulin, Kelly Wells & DeAngela Milligan, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC

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C4 - Where’s the Money Going? Exploring Budget Implications for Child Welfare Within a New Congress

Presenters: Tim Briceland-Betts, CWLA, Washington, DC


C5 - Standards of Care to Address Disparities That LGBTQ Children and Youth Experience

Presenters:  Jeffrey M. Poirier & Victor Martinez, American Institutes for Research, Washington, DC; and Gary P. Mallon, The National Resource Center for Permanency and Family Connections, New York, NY


C6 - Relationship-Based Therapy and Practices: Building Trust in the Face of Trauma

Presenters: Toni Heineman, A Home Within, San Francisco, CA


C7 - Latino Immigrants: Documentation and the Child Welfare System

Presenters: Monica Faulkner, Child and Family Research Institute, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX; and Jen Scott, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX


C8 - Why Data-Driven Organizations Succeed: A Three-Part Model for Improving Outcomes

Presenters: Hughes Johnson, Youth Villages, Inc., Memphis, TN; and Art Khanlian, Netsmart, New York, NY


C9 - Project Courage –Creating Evidenced-Based System Change Through Collaboration

Presenters: Carol Wick, Harbor House of Central Florida, Inc., Orlando, FL

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C10 - Focus on Supervision: Improving Supervisory Case Conferences in Collaboration with Community Agencies

Presenters: Nancy Carre-Lee, New Jersey Division of Child Protection and Permanency, Trenton, NJ; Robert Ring, New Jersey Child Welfare Training Academy, New Brunswick, NJ; and Leonard Feldman, Evaluation Consultant, Trenton, NJ

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C12 - Growing Connections for Kids – A Model for Providing Healthcare for Children in Foster Care

Presenters: Janet Van Meter, Denver Department of Human Services, Denver, CO; and Kathryn Wells, Denver Health and Hospital Authority, Denver, CO

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

11:00 am – 12:15 pm

Project Q's Working with LGBTQ Youth: What You Really Need to Know-- Training Outcomes for Organizational Change

Presenters: Pauline Tan & Sheri Strahl,The Village Family Services, North Hollywood, CA

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

Bringing Amelia Home: The Impact of Cross-System Collaboration on Permanency

Presenters: Sally Guyer, Boys & Girls Aid, Portland, OR; and Tammarra Ferguson, Oregon Department of Human Services, Children, Adults and Families Division, Salem, OR


The Development and Evaluation of a Child Protective Services Intervention for Chronic Neglect: The Family Asset Builder

Presenters: Tyler Corwin, Northwest Social Research Group, Seattle, WA; Caren Kaplan, Innovations in Child Welfare, Washington, DC; Monica Idzelis, Wilder Research, St. Paul, MN; and Dan Koziolek, Carver County Community Social Services, Chaska, MN


Wednesday, April 17, 2013

9:00 am – 10:15 am

D1 - Toward Culturally Sensitive Practice with LGBTQ Youth in the Child Welfare System

Presenters: M. Currey Cook, Lambda Legal, New York, NY


D2 - Living in the System

Presenters: Howard F. Wingard, Julia Leftwich, Deja Benjamin, Omar Anthony Carter, Tanta-Nasha Coles & Dante Moore, Community Access Unlimited, Elizabeth, NJ


D3 - How COA Accreditation Can Serve as a Strategy for Organizations to Evolve During Challenging Times

Presenters: Richard Klarberg, Council on Accreditation, New York, NY


D4 - Improving Outcomes for Children: Community and Systems Engagement

Presenters: Brian Clapier, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Philadelphia, PA; Robin Ortiz, Northeast Treatment Center, Philadelphia, PA; and Jennifer Rodriguez, Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha, Philadelphia, PA


D5 - The Quality Service Review: Organizational Learning for System Improvement

Presenters: Susan Kinnevy, Allison Thompson & Aubrey Powers, Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Philadelphia, PA

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D6 - Advancing Evidence-Based Services by Expanding Access to Web-Based Clinical Applications

Presenters: William E. Reay & Megan Riebe, OMNI Behavioral Health, Omaha, NE


D7 - Find a Family-Now!  A Specialized Adoption Recruitment Model

Presenters: Kelly DeLany, AdoptUSKids, Portland, OR; and Bryna Desper, Northwest Adoption Exchange, Seattle, WA

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D8 - A Resilience Building Journey

Presenters: Linda Likins & Deborah Alleyne,Devereux Center for Resilient Children, Villanova, PA


D9 - Recommendations from the 2011 National Kinship Summit: A Voice for the Nation’s Informal Kinship Care Community

Presenters: Gerard Wallace, NYS Kinship Navigator, Rochester, NY


D10 - Early Detection of Childhood Schizophrenia: What This Might Mean for Your Work

Presenters: Michel Maziade, Centre de recherche Institut Universitaire en Santé Mentale de Québec, Québec, Canada

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D11 - An Approach to Using Implementation Science and Child Welfare Expertise to Inform Change in Child Welfare

Presenters: Victoria Russell & Roseana Bess, JBS International, Inc., North Bethesda, MD; Will Hornsby, Center for the Support of Families, Silver Spring, MD; and Allison Metz, National Implementation Research Network, FPG Child Development Institute, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, NC

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D12 - Launching an Online Chartbook of States’ Foster Care Policy, Program and Expenditures Trends: A Tool to "Raise the Bar" of Services for Vulnerable Children

Presenters: Judith G. Gonyea, Boston University School of Social Work, Boston, MA; Ken Olson, KidsPeace National Centers of New England, South Portland, ME; and Laura Boyd, Foster Family-Based Treatment Association, Norman, OK

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D13 -Ensuring a Strong, Safe Start through Early Childhood Education

Presenters:  Helen Blank, National Women's Law Center, Washington, DC; Marla Simpson, Brooklyn Community Services, Brooklyn, NY; and Julie Swindler, Families First of Palm Beach County, West Palm Beach, FL

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