A Regional Forum for States and Tribes in ACF Region V and Region VII


April 12-13, 2011

Day 1Wednesday, April 12, 2011
7:30 AM Registration Opens
7:30 AM-8:30 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM

Welcome & Overview


9:00 AM

Presentation: The Dance of Leadership: A framework for implementation in child welfare

Dr. Katharine Cahn, Assistant Professor at the Portland State University School of Social Work, Executive Director and Assistant Dean of Continuing Education & Training

10:00 AM Break, snack provided
10:15 AM

Presentation: Implementing System Change in Child Welfare

Cathy Fisher, Director, Atlantic Coast Child Welfare Implementation Center

11:00 AM Concurrent Small Group Discussions regarding presentations
12:00 PM Lunch (provided)
1:15 PM

Keynote: Common Ground: Preserving Families and Tribes

Anita Fineday, Chief Judge for the White Earth Nation and Tribal Attorney for the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians

2:15 PM

Presentation: Preliminary Findings from the National Needs Assessment of Tribal Child Welfare Programs

Kathy Deserly, Associate Director, National Resource Center for Tribes and Robin Leake, Research Manager, Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver

3:00 PM Break, snack provided
3:15 PM Concurrent Small Group Discussions

Centralized Intake Unit

Indiana Department of Child Services

Partnering with Parents for System Change

Iowa Department of Human Services

4:00 PM Concurrent Small Group Discussions

New Technical Assistance Model

Ohio Office for Families and Children

Best Outcomes for Indian Children

Wisconsin Department of Children and Families

4:45 PM Wrap-up, Evaluation & Adjourn
5:30 PM Informal Networking and Reception
Day 2Wednesday, April 13, 2011
7:30 AM Informal Networking/Peer to PeerDiscussions/Breakfast
8:30 AM Overview of agenda; Questions from first day
8:45 AM

Presentation: The Core Elements of the Fostering Connections Act: Resources for States and Tribes

Judy Blunt, Assistant Director, National Resource Center on Permanency & Family Connections

10:00 AM Break, snack provided
10:15 AM

Presentation: Fostering Connections Implementation Support & Resources

ACF Regional Office Staff

11:15 AM

Presentation: Evaluating the Implementation of Child Welfare System Change

Jeff Chambers, Project Evaluator, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center

12:00 PM Lunch (provided)
1:00 PM Concurrent Small Group Discussions

Group A: Fostering Connections Implementation

Group B: Project Evaluations

Group C: Implementing Change in Tribal Child Welfare Agencies

1:45 PM Wrap-up, Evaluation & Dismissal