2018 Colorado Child Welfare Conference tracks announced

October 2, 2018

The 2018 Colorado Child Welfare Conference theme “Inspiration. Innovation. Illumination” is designed to inspire child welfare employees in their work, discover new innovative ways to complete their jobs, and illuminate the successes and trials they face in their lines of work.

With so many fabulous child welfare staff members in the same place, the agenda is packed full of educational and motivational presentations, panels, keynotes, and discussions across five tracks and four topic designations.

Conference Tracks

Workforce Development - The Colorado child welfare workforce is vital to the success of any child welfare intervention or program. The topics in this track will provide techniques and activities to continuously develop and support the workforce. Intended audience ranges from caseworkers and direct providers, to administrators and directors.

Strengthening Families - From prevention to strength-based intervention, the presentations in this track will explore activities that help strengthen families and potentially decrease the need for in-depth child welfare interventions. 

Cross-System Collaboration - Child welfare can't do it alone. These presentations explore vital collaborations with state and local agencies, as well as connecting non-profits, funding streams, stakeholders, and families. 

Enhancing Practice - This series of presentations covers a range of practice-related topics meant to support the ongoing growth and development of child welfare professionals. 

Intervention - Colorado has many cutting-edge interventions designed to meet the needs of families involved with child welfare. Each presentation in this track highlights a different intervention that is currently being used in Colorado.

Topic Designations

Trauma - Presentations include information about being trauma-informed and/or using trauma theories in practice.

Youth -  Presentations are geared to improving the outcomes of youth involved in the child welfare system.

County Innovation - Presentations highlight an innovative practice or intervention that is currently being used by a county department of human services.

FFPSA - On Feb. 9, the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (H.R. 1892) was passed to keep the government funded for six more weeks. Included in the act is the Family First Prevention Services Act, which has the potential to dramatically change child welfare systems across the country. Presentations describe one or more components or aspects of the 2018 Family First Prevention and Services Act (FFPSA). 

Registration is free

Don't wait to register for the Colorado Child Welfare Conference in Loveland, Colorado November 7 – 9, 2018! Most meals will be provided by CDHS and the hotel(s). Hotel costs will be covered by attendees or their county agencies.

Register now!

Learn more about the 2018 Colorado Child Welfare Conference 

Last week, we announced two fabulous keynote speakers, Reggie Bicha and JooYeun Chang.​ Read the CO4KIDS #CCWC2018 series of blog posts on conference for more previous announcements on presenters and keynote speakers and more!

Hosted by the Colorado Department of Human Services Division of Child Welfare, the Colorado Child Welfare Conference is intended to provide educational and inspirational opportunities for those who work in and around child welfare, offering in-depth learning, as well as skill building and networking opportunities. Hotel information, registration, hotels or other activities are posted on the 2018 Colorado Child Welfare Conference website.


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