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​CHFS will host the first-ever Child Welfare Summit at the University of Louisville Cardinal Stadium. Participants in the Transformers of Child Welfare event will focus on transforming child welfare in Kentucky and leading the nation in implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act. This inaugural event is open to anyone with an interest in helping improve our system of care for our kids, frontline staff, foster families and other partners.

The Summit will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Louisville Cardinal Stadium. Cost is only $20 and includes lunch.

We are at capacity. Due to the overwhelming excitement around our inaugural Transformers of Child Welfare summit, registration is now closed. More than 700 people are registered. Even if you cannot come to the summit in person, we invite you to join us for the first part of the event on Facebook Live. Go to the Cabinet’s Facebook page at 9 a.m. Wednesday morning to watch the opening session. Additionally, summit materials will be posted online after the event (later in the week).

If you have questions regarding registration or the Summit in general, please email us.   

Agenda

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8 a.m. -  9 a.m. Check-in and Registration

9 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. Opening General Session: Emcee Christina Mora, WLKY

  • The summit opening general session will include remarks from CHFS Secretary Adam Meier, Gov. Matt Bevin and First Lady Glenna Bevin and a detailed presentation by DCBS Commissioner Eric Clark on what is coming in child welfare during 2019 and beyond. This session will conclude with a judicial and legislative discussion on progress and roles in child welfare transformation. The group will include Judge Tara Hagerty (Jefferson County), Sen. Julie Raque Adams, Sen. Ralph Alvarado, Rep. Joni Jenkins, Rep. David Meade and Rep. Kim Moser.

10:15 - 10:30 a.m. Break/Transition

10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions and Descriptions (with room locations)

  • House Bill 1 – 101: House Bill 1 represents the most sweeping legislation in at least two decades to support foster children’s timely permanency in loving and nurturing homes. The legislation ensures children in care receive utmost attention from all systems impacting their lives and key actions and decisions concerning their attachments and living arrangements are on specified timelines. Hear the latest from CHFS leadership and partners on the work being done to fulfill the intent of HB1 and best meet the needs of children in care. (Brown-Williamson Club)
    Presenters: DCBS Commissioner Eric Clark and Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Caywood
  • Child Welfare Transformation: Working to effect change in the way the system of care works across all parts, hear about the workgroups, external partners and communications planned throughout 2019. (PNC Club)
    Presenters: Jessica Brown, DCBS lead for Family First Prevention Services Act and Jennifer Warren, DCBS lead for Child Welfare Transformation
  • Partnership Plan: This new process captures the partnership and team roles needed between child welfare frontline staff, foster caregivers (relatives, kinship, foster) and supervisors to work together to meet the needs that are in the best interest of a child in out-of-home care. (Pepsi Club)
    Presenters: DCBS Director of Protection and Permanency Christa Bell, DCBS Adoptions Branch Manager Mary Carpenter; Special Advisor to the Governor Chris Johnson,
  • Voices in the Courtroom: Led by the Administrative Office of the Courts, this workshop will focus on how frontline social workers and foster/kinship families can participate in court proceedings. (Press Lounge)
    Presenters: Administrative Office of the Court, Family and Juvenile Services’ Executive Officer Rachel Bingham; Calloway County Family Court Judge Rob Mattingly; former foster parent Katrina Scott; Director Court Appointed Special Advocates Andrea Bruns,
  • Trauma/ACEs: Bibhuti Sar, Ph.D. with the University of Louisville Kent School of Social Work will discuss trauma-informed care and Adverse Childhood Experiences that affect our kids. (President’s Suite)
    Presenter: Program Director, Kent School of Social Work, University of Louisville Bibhuti K. Sar, Ph.D.
  • Family Resource and Youth Services Centers: This workshop will provide details on how FRYSCs are ideally situated to provide supports and connections to community resources for children and families in need and partner with teachers, parents and other staff. FRYSCs have established a record of success based on improved student performance in class work, homework and peer relations as reported by teachers. (Athletic Director’s Suite)
    Presenter: FRYSC Director Melissa Goins, (other FRYSC staff may present)

11:30 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Break (lunch buffet opens at 11:30 a.m.)

11:45 p.m.-1:15 p.m. Lunch General Session

  • The lunch general session will include an overview/discussion led by Chapin Hall Policy Fellow Krista Thomas on specifics of the Family First Prevention Services Act and what it means for Kentucky to be an early implementer of this initiative. This session will conclude with a panel discussion on how these changes to Kentucky’s child welfare system of care could affect different individuals, including caregivers (relative/kinship/fictive kin/foster parents), youth in care, prevention services staff and DCBS frontline staff.

1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Break/Transition

1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions and Descriptions (with room locations)

  • House Bill 1 – 101: House Bill 1 represents the most sweeping legislation in at least two decades to support foster children’s timely permanency in loving and nurturing homes. The legislation ensures children in care receive utmost attention from all systems impacting their lives and key actions and decisions concerning their attachments and living arrangements are on specified timelines. Hear the latest from CHFS leadership and partners on the work being done to fulfill the intent of HB1, and best meet the needs of children in care. (Brown-Williamson Club)
    Presenters: DCBS Commissioner Eric Clark and Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Caywood
  • Privatization: Part of House Bill 1 requires CHFS to explore options for privatizing parts of our collective work in child welfare services. This session will present the latest on practices in other states and how that information is influencing discussions in Kentucky and take the opportunity to ask questions about potential privatization. (Pepsi Club)
    Presenters: CHFS Deputy Secretary Kristi Putnam and Chapin Hall Policy Fellow Krista Thomas
  • Voices in the Courtroom: Led by the Administrative Office of the Courts, this workshop will focus on how frontline social workers and foster/kinship families can participate in court proceedings. (Press Lounge)
    Presenters: Administrative Office of the Courts Family and Juvenile Services Executive Officer Rachel Bingham; Calloway County Family Court Judge Rob Mattingly; former foster parent Katrina Scott; Court Appointed Special Advocates Director Andrea Bruns
  • StAMINA: StAMINA’s mission is to elevate student insights to improve youth mental wellbeing, readying youth generation for school, work and life. This workshop will present on how the Student Alliance for Mental Health Innovation and Action can support and partner with child welfare work. (President’s Suite)
    Presenters: StAMINA Team
  • Communities of Hope (Prevention): What if communities could tap the strengths of their public, private and community sectors to improve the safety and stability of children and their families? Could they build Communities of Hope that nurture long-lasting change? Hear from leaders in Johnson County, KY who did just that and were recognized by Casey Family Programs in 2017 as one of these Communities of Hope. (Athletic Director’s Suite)
    Presenters: DCBS Service Region Administrator, Eastern Mountain Region Susan Howard
  • Kids Count: Kentucky Youth Advocates, in partnership with United Health Care, will present an in-depth look at data for Kentucky kids that will help local leaders use data to inform positive actions for kids. (PNC Club)
    Presenters: Patricia Tennen, Kentucky Youth Advocates and Keith Mason, United Health Care

2:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Break/Transition

2:45 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Closing General Session

  • The closing general session will include next steps and plans for continued collaboration, presented by CHFS Deputy Secretary Kristi Putnam and Special Advisor to the Governor Chris Johnson.

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