Colorado Convening on Children, Youth and Families Seeking Presentation Proposals for 2020 Conference

September 19, 2019

The 2020 Colorado Convening on Children, Youth and Families (CCCYF) conference is scheduled for April 26 to April 29, 2020. The conference is held annually with a goal of bringing together Best Practice Court Teams, Family Treatment Drug Court Teams, Juvenile Problem Solving Court Teams and other stakeholders who are involved in the juvenile and child welfare systems to promote collaborative, team-based approaches to dependency and neglect and delinquency cases.

Teams will have the opportunity to participate in multidisciplinary child welfare training, share best practices among teams, participate in statewide discussions of permanency, safety and well-being, learn more about continuous quality improvement, and work together as individual teams to update old goals and set new goals.

The CCCYF planning committee is currently accepting proposals for 75-minute breakout sessions and three 90-minute plenaries that provide basic and high-level concepts and practical applications in a variety of topics.

Priority Topics

Proposals on any dependency and neglect, family treatment drug court, and news Colorado Judicial Department Nathan B. Coats, Chief Justice Steven Vasconcellos, Interim State Court Administrator juvenile drug court-related topics will be accepted from any individual, group, institution or company with an interest in dependency and neglect proceedings, child welfare, systems change or criminal justice. Priorities will be given to the following topics:

  • Safety: treatment/services, human trafficking, juvenile delinquency, safety planning, Colorado safety assessment, prevention services, in-home services, community-based support
  • Permanency: permanent home, crossover youth, effective case management, visitation reunification
  • Well being: trauma-informed practices; substance use disorders (treatment and topics related to addiction); behavioral health education; intersections between mental health, substance abuse and co-occurring disorders; inclusivity, equity, resilience and cultural competency; professional team wellness
  • Systems Change: Family First Prevention Services Act, dependency and neglect system reform, leadership, teamwork and collaboration, Indian Child Welfare Act, family treatment drug courts, juvenile drug courts, data/continuous quality improvement and predictive analytics, disproportionality (over-representation or under-representation)

Proposal Evaluations

Proposals will be evaluated based on:

  • Relevance to the Colorado Convening on Children, Youth and Families audience  
  • The originality of the presentation material  Clear and focused learning objectives  
  • Practical applications of the information presented  
  • Exhibited knowledge and application of adult learning styles in session design

Important Dates

Deadline: Proposals must be submitted by October 18, 2019.
Submission Guidelines: Proposals must be submitted HERE.
Acceptance of proposals:  Decisions on all proposals will be made and the selected presentations will be named by November 5, 2019.
The conference agenda will be finalized by January 31, 2020.
Conference and presentation questions may be sent to:

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