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2020 Conference Sessions



"We Are Sending More Foster Kids to Prison Than College"
- A Call to Action to Disrupt Bad Outcomes for Older Youth in Foster Care

Faculty: Laura Bauer - Sixto Cancel - Sandra Gasca-Gonzales - Ira Lustbader
Compassion: The Key Ingredient in all Efforts to Reunify Children with Families in the Child Welfare System
Faculty: David Kelly - Jerry Milner - Vivek Sankaran
Litigating Race: A Discussion on using Legal Tools and Resources to Combat Implicit Racial Bias in Child Welfare and Juvenile Proceedings
Faculty: Dawne Mitchell - Shomari Ward


When Attorneys Should Object to the Overuse of Psychiatric Medication in Foster Children
Faculty: Dr. Martin Irwin - Dr. Suchet Rao

Termination of Parental Rights and Adoption: Brave Conversations on Parental Loss and Effective Holistic Advocacy
Faculty: Heather Wilson

FFPSA Passed: The Real Work to Radically Reform our Nation’s Child Welfare Systems is just Beginning
Faculty: Erin Palacios - Jenny Pokempner

Indian Child Welfare Act: Lessons from the Last Frontier
Faculty: Rachel Espejo - Courtney Lewis

Brain Essentials: Merging Science with Advocacy to Give Children, Youth, and Families "What They Need," instead of "What We've Got"
Faculty: Judge Robert Lowenbach

“A Walk in My Shoes”
- A Parent’s Perspective and Engaging Parents when they are in Crisis

Faculty: Darice Good - S. Colleen Puckett

Preparing Communities and Child Welfare Professionals ahead of a Workplace Raid

Faculty: Carlyn Hicks – Losmin Jimenez

Representing Parents with Disabilities and their Families: Strategies and Solutions for Effective Advocacy
Faculty: Robyn Powell

How Civil Legal Services can Lift Youth and Young Adults out of Homelessness
Faculty: Chach Duarte White - Rhea Yo

You Can’t Pour from an Empty Cup: Helping Yourself to Help Your Clients
Faculty: Ayanna Lee Butler - Mary Mustaller McMillan - Josephine Vanderhorst

A Multidisciplinary Toolbox for Serving 0-5 Year Olds
Faculty: Dr. Kathryn Orfirer - Tori Porell

Advocating for Transgender Youth in Care: A Case Study
Faculty: Emma Hetherington - Dr. Sarah Skinner

From Our Perspective: Youth & Alumni Priorities on Reforming the Child Welfare System
Faculty: Angel Petite - National Foster Care Youth & Alumni Policy Council members

Making Least Restrictive a Reality: Tools to Challenge Congregate Care Placements
Faculty: Cristina Freitas - Debbie Freitas

How Parent and Child Attorneys Can Collaborate to Advocate for Survivors of CSEC
Faculty: Brian Atkinson - Diana Rugh Johnson

Confidentiality and Information Sharing in Child Welfare Cases: The Good, Bad, and Outstanding Questions
Faculty: Rebecca Gudeman - Marymichael Smrdeli

Making the Agency’s Witness Your Own: Cross-Examining the Case Worker

Faculty: Victoria Bleier - Eleanor Wilkinson


Aged and Confused: A Documentary Screening and Talk Back
Faculty: Anakha Arikara - Kaira Batiz - Alexander Jimenez - Christina Shaman

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