Fostering Strategies for Change: Children, Families, and Their Communities showcases diverse regional and national resources in child welfare.  The conference focuses on presenting innovative and evidence-based approaches to serving children, families and their communities. 


This regional conference merges three previous annual child welfare events. It's unique collaboration between Cornerstones of Care, Midwest Foster Care & Adoption Association (MFCAA), University of Missouri - Kansas City (UMKC) School of Social Work, and the Missouri Children's Division, working to improve services for children and families in the greater Kansas City region.
The synergy of these three events merged into a single conference is easy to see:

GREATER KANSAS CITY ANNUAL COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR for 5 years, the Jackson County Children's Division (JCCD) and Cornerstones of Care (COC) presented an annual Resource Fair. What started in a small gymnasium, meant to increase public child welfare staff knowledge about local resources, became an annual event that showcases resources of local agencies to family members and service providers.

MFCAA- UMKC SCHOOL OF SOCIAL WORK, CHILDREN & THEIR MANY FAMILIES ANNUAL CONERENCE for many years, the Midwest Foster Care & Adoption Association (MFCAA) organized an annual conference designed to enhance knowledge and skills for foster parents. Beginning in 2008, MFCAA joined UMKC's School of Social Work and expanded this conference's focus to also include exploration of innovative, collaborative practice and service integration.

CORNERSTONES OF CARE, ANNUAL ADOPTION FORUM beginning in 2007, Cornerstones of Care has sponsored a day long adoption forum for child welfare service providers that brings nationally recognized experts to present innovative approaches and emerging knowledge regarding adoption.
Planning Committee
Rosalyn M Bertram, PhD
School of Social Work
University of Missouri - Kansas City

Lesa Chandler

Manager, Training & Professional Development
Cornerstones of Care

Shelia Rancatore
Director, Resource Family
Healthy Families Programs
Cornerstones of Care
Heather Saak
Training Director
Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association

Liz Sharp
Program Assistant
Healthy Families Programs
Cornerstones of Care

Pamela Smith

Training Manager

Western Training Region, Children's Division

Angie Todd

Children's Services Supervisor

Circuit 7

Children's Division

Jamie Williams

Children's Services Specialist

Circuit 7

Children's Division