NCCD Conference: Making Connections

NCCD Conference: Making Connections

June 28, 2013 | Angela Noel, Senior Administrative Assistant, NCCD and Shannon Flasch, Associate Director, NCCD

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The NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families is taking shape!

Last month, 42 sessions were selected for the May 2014 conference. These sessions form four areas of concentration for participants to explore: working across systems, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education.

The NCCD Conference on Children, Youth, and Families is taking shape!

Last month, 42 sessions were selected for the May 2014 conference. These sessions form four areas of concentration for participants to explore: working across systems, child welfare, juvenile justice, and education.

We are particularly excited about the large number of cross-system sessions available to conference participants. These sessions will focus on how the various agencies and organizations that serve children and youth can work together to solve complex problems; they truly represent the aspiration of our conference theme, “Making Connections.” A number of single-system sessions will hold valuable lessons for other sectors. For example, a session on restorative justice that might normally be attended by those working in juvenile justice may inspire new ideas for attendees working in child welfare or education.

It is our hope that all conference attendees will take the opportunity to step out of their area of concentration and attend a session or two focusing on cross-system work or other fields to encourage ideas and opportunities for collaboration.

The conference will also offer a track dedicated to using data in agency decision making through use of the SafeMeasures® system and additional sessions that highlight the work being done by NCCD staff to improve outcomes for children and families.

We are excited about offering sessions on topics such as:

  • Community-based approaches that promote successful school experiences for all youth;
  • Addressing the links between multiple forms of violence;
  • Building relational competence among transition-age foster youth;
  • Creating safe places in schools for kids to talk about domestic violence;
  • The Chula Vista Promise Neighborhood;
  • Creating a learning culture and strengthening case practice in public child welfare;
  • Child welfare in the information age;
  • Intersections of afterschool and youth justice in New York state; and
  • CalWORKs preservation services for families.

Registration for the conference will open in October 2013, and presenters will provide sneak peeks to their sessions via the NCCD blog in the coming months. Watch this space for more information on the conference.

Angela Noel is the Senior Administrative Assistant at NCCD. Shannon Flasch is an Associate Director at NCCD.