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.
Presenter: Dr. 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
Supporting Families Differently: Mobilizing Mutual Assistance
Applying an Anti-Racist Intersectional Frame to Working with Families
The Binary: Racism and Anti-Racism. How Do We Know?
Supporting Transracial Adoptive Families
Leading with Cultural Competence and the Intercultural Developmental Inventory
Corey Best, Mining for Gold, LLC
Cailin O’Connor, Center for the Study of Social Policy
Anthony Pennant, Antioch University
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
Linda George, ProAction Steuben & Yates, Inc.
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
Community Conditions that Promote Child and Family Well-Being
Protective Factors: Strengthening Children, Families, and Communities
Innovative Approaches to Strengthening Families
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.
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.
Policy Advocacy to Improve Family Well-Being
Nobody Is Perfect: The Parent Curriculum from Public Health Canada
Promoting Positive Father Involvement: Research Evidence and Policy Recommendations
Building a Countywide Strategy to Engage Children & Families
Drew Soleyn, Dad Central Ontario
Jim McKay, Prevent Child Abuse West Virginia