• Facebook Social Icon
  • LinkedIn Social Icon
  • Twitter Social Icon




Advancing Equity for Families Track

This track will convene conversations to promote racial awareness, diversity, equity, and inclusion in partnerships to strengthen families and enhance communities. Presenters share experience, expertise, and lessons learned, as well as strategies and approaches that participants can use to disrupt systems of oppression and co-create a more just and equitable future.

Leading with Cultural Competence and the Intercultural Developmental Inventory (IDI)
The rapid and the unexpected of globalization, unprecedented cultural polarization, inequities and the necessity for collaboration, interdependence and cooperation have exposed our collective inability to solve problems creatively. “We cannot effectively lead in a multicultural world with monocultural mindsets. And, we cannot practice innovation, equity and inclusion without cultural competence and systems thinking.” Leaders and management must develop a critical understanding of self, of others, and of our socio-cultural-political and economic realities, then address issues on a systemic integrated basis. Business as usual is no longer an option. The IDI is designed and statistically validated as a “culture-general” measure of intercultural competence. This means that the IDI provides a powerful and accurate profile of respondents’ orientations toward a wide range of “other culture” groups, including nationality, ethnicity, gender and other diversity categories.
Ramón A. Pastrano  IV, D.Min., MSM, MATS, ImpactLives, Inc.

Family Success Centers: A Vehicle to Access Those Disproportionately Affected by Social Determinants of Health
The presentation will address how the Child and Family Services Agency of Washington, DC is focusing further upstream in disproportionate neighborhoods using a place-based, holistic approach based upon the District's data on child abuse and neglect, healthy outcomes, and crime. The Families First DC initiative three goals are to empower communities and families, integrate services, and focus on upstream prevention through 10 Family Success Centers in the most 'at risk' neighborhoods. The presentation will provide a perspective and rationale on the developments of where we are and how we plan to implement and execute the initiative to increase the Protective Factors and for sustainability.

Presenter: Octavia Shaw, Families First DC; Dominique Griffin, Families First DC

Applying CSSP’s Anti-racist Intersectional Frame to Family Support

The Center for the Study of Social Policy’s Equity, Inclusion and Justice team has spent the last year developing an Anti-racist Intersectional Frame, based on the work of Ibram X. Kendi and Sarah Maiter. This session will explore the frame, which is a conceptual tool to examine institutional and systemic oppression that people of color face because of both their race and other identities, while providing a guiding approach for working with and in communities and systems to create a more just and equitable society. Participants will grapple with elements of the frame in small groups and discuss how it applies to family support work, as well as brainstorm action steps.

Presenters: Azieb Ermias, Center for the Study of Social Policy; Ali Jawetz, Center for the Study of Social Policy

And more…

  • Supporting Families Differently: Mobilizing Mutual Assistance

  • The Binary: Racism and Anti-Racism. How Do We Know?

  • Supporting Transracial Adoptive Families


Presenters include…

Cailin O’Connor, Center for the Study of Social Policy

Anthony Pennant, Antioch University ​ 

Yoland Trevino, PACTL ​ 

Implementing the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening Track
This track will feature program or systems level implementation of the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.

  • Systems Level Implementation of the Standards of Quality

  • Program Level Implementation of the Standards of Quality

Presenters include…

Linda George, ProAction Steuben & Yates, Inc.

Mary Ann Jennings, Kentucky Division of Family Resource and Youth Services Centers ​ 

Utilizing the Strengthening Families Framework & Approach Track
This track will focus on ways that programs, communities, and states are supporting families to build protective factors using the Strengthening Families framework and approach from the Center for the Study of Social Policy.

The Power of Peer Support
As organizations work in their communities supporting families, peer support is the baseline for strengthening communities. In a fast-changing environment, providers need to find ways to help families to be connected, building spaces where they are supported, increasing their knowledge of parenting skills, and helping the development of their kids. PEPS (Program for Early Parent Support) will share its program and its impact for families in different parenting stages during our 35+ years of work in the Seattle area. The session “ The Power of Peer Support” will showcase how organizations could offer a safe, welcoming, inclusive, and informative space for families; how offerings are evaluated to provide relevant programs, and how to adapt to the changing needs and environment collaborating with other organizations to meet the needs of our diverse communities.

Presenters:  Maria Alejandra Gomez, Program for Early Parent Support (Eastern Region); Jennie Capron, Program for Early Parent Support (Northern Region); Polly Jirkovsky, Program for Early Parent Support (Southern Region)

What One Caring Adult Can Do

It takes more than just being there, it takes BEING there with kids and families for these results to be achieved. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has outlined evidence based trauma informed guidelines. In defining and understanding these guidelines, they can be attached to intentional everyday activities to not only promote a trauma informed approach, but resilience building in some of the most vulnerable children in vulnerable families. Participants will come away with a better understanding of simple neurobiology of trauma and specific intentional activities and interactions to shift the brain from trauma trigger and response. These activities will be demonstrated to fit well with the 5 Protective Factors and Principles of Family Support. Using a tool to crosswalk either of these approaches will help participants walk away with a tool box of ideas and understanding.

Presenters: Debbie Comstock, LCSW, Protective Factors for Utah Families; Barbara Leavitt United Way of Utah County


And more…

  • Community Conditions that Promote Child and Family Well-Being

  • Protective Factors: Strengthening Children, Families, and Communities

  • Innovative Approaches to Strengthening Families


Presenters include…

Katie Albright, Safe and Sound

Enhancing Family Support Practice Track
This track will feature program or systems level work with families that is reflective of a multi-generational, strengths-based, family-centered approach. 


Strategies and Action Planning to Intensify Family Engagement at Your Program
This workshop will explore strategies of a pilot program for intensive family engagement and discuss frameworks and action steps that practitioners can embed into practice to develop an inclusive program environment, build collaborative family partnerships, and explore concrete strategies for goal-setting and reciprocal learning.

Presenters: Anita Harvey-Dixon, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Educare Learning Network; Michelle Lee, The Ounce of Prevention Fund, Educare Learning Network


Addressing the Needs of Children with Autism in Family Strengthening and the Prevention of ACEs 
This session for family-serving professionals examines statistical findings on the risk and predictive factors of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) for families of children with developmental disabilities and identifies evidence-based strategies for prevention of ACEs that strengthen families by tailoring the approach to building protective factors. Participants will receive tools and tactics to apply these strategies in the professional practice and family engagement.

Presenters: Amy Shapley Moseley, Shapley Consulting; Kate Chappell, Ph.D., MSN, APRN, CPNP-PC,
University of South Carolina


Promoting Positive Father Involvement: Review of Research Evidence and Policy Recommendations

This presentation will summarize the current research (2015-present), which reinforces earlier findings that positive father involvement (PFI) is strongly associated with positive outcomes for children, including their social and emotional wellness, academic achievement, physical health, and adjustment to becoming parents themselves. The presenter also will share information about populations that were not well-understood in the past as well as new information about understanding how both direct and indirect PFI impacts children’s lives; the effects of fatherhood on men’s wellbeing; the effects of PFI on children’s mental health outcomes; father involvement and gender equality; and the relationship between PFI and substance use/misuse in young people.

Presenter: Drew Soleyn, Dad Central Ontario


Engaging Parents: The Adaptability of the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program

“There are no perfect parents or perfect children or perfect people... We can only do our best, and we all need help once in a while.”

Developed in Canada, the Nobody’s Perfect Parenting Program aims to advance participants’ capabilities to improve and maintain the health of their children, aged 0-5 years. Participants will learn about this Canadian best practice, which has clear measured impacts on positive parenting. Nobody’s Perfect is offered in several other countries across the world as it can be readily adapted to other cultures.  This interactive session will provide participants with an overview of the Nobody’s Perfect program and demonstrate its effectiveness with parents.

Presenters: Carmen Paterson-Payne, Families Canada/ Public Health Agency of Canada; Youville Centre; Connie Herman, Saskatchewan Prevention Institute, Families Canada/ Public Health Agency of Canada

Building a County-Wide Agenda to Strengthen Children & Families

The Ready Kid San Antonio (RKSA) Coalition is focused on convening partners to coordinate family support at a systems level. With organizational support from the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County, RKSA was developed five years ago and is comprised of more than 140 leaders, stakeholder and community organizations focused on the vision of “Growing Happy, Healthy and Ready Children” beginning at prenatal through eight years of age (3rd grade). RKSA is committed to creating the first-ever Bexar County Children’s Agenda and Results Based Accountability scorecard to establish and display a set of shared results and to streamline family support services. The scorecard has been instrumental in helping funders to decide to invest in advancing the Children’s Agenda This session will focus on the key elements to building a county-wide agenda for young children, including lessons learned, platforms and tools utilized, and how to maintain momentum to achieve the results established.

Presenters: Jeniffer M. Richardson, MAOM, Vice President, Family Initiatives, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County; Katherine Filut, Director, Ready Children Impact Council, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County; Audrey Rost, Director of Grants, United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County

And more…

  • Policy Advocacy to Improve Family Well-Being


Presenters include…

Jim McKay, Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia