To improve child and family outcomes the Fostering Strategies for Change conference presents innovative and evidence-based approaches to serving children, families and their communities. 

Presentations should purposefully engage the diverse perspectives of our participants who may include families, service providers, administrators, supervisors, judges, lawyers, researchers and policy makers. 

The 2016 conference opens the afternoon of July 26th with a plenary keynote speaker followed by a resource fair and service provider networking with appetizers and refreshments. 

July 27th and 28th will include a combination of keynote discussions, papers, symposiums and breakout sessions. 

Proposals should appeal to a broad multi-disciplinary audience. 

Accepted presentations will focus upon innovative and evidence-based practices, organizational and systems change in child welfare services, including:

  • Engaging children and families in assessment, interventions and evaluation
  • Personnel recruitment, hiring and training
  • Supervision and coaching to develop knowledge and skills
  • Recruitment and retention of resource families
  • Collaboration between multiple service providers
  • Effective engagement of differing perspectives
 Proposal Submissions must be received no later than April 15, 2016 and will include the following information:
  • Session Title (12-15 words)
  • Description of Conference Agenda (50 words or less)
  • Content including how the presentation focuses on an innovative and/or evidence based approach to serving children, families and their community (500 words or less)
  • Intended Format
  • Participant Learning Objectives 
  • Presenter(s) Contact Information and Credentials


Upon selection of proposals, notification will be sent to selected presenters no later than April 30, 2016. 
Presenters will have until June 17, 2016 to submit presentation materials in electronic format to to be made available to all conference participants. 
Questions about the conference or proposal submissions may be directed to