National Meeting 2018

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When: April 3 - 5, 2018

Fairmont Chicago, Millennium Park
200 N. Columbus Drive
Chicago, IL 60601
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Room rate: 169.00/night (+17.4% Illinois tax)
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Meeting Venue:
Summit Executive Center
205 N. Michigan Avenue
Chicago, IL 60601

Meeting registration will open October 18th.

Very Early (before 12.01.18) 600.00
Early Registration (12.02.17-02.28.18) 675.00
Regular Registration 750.00

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  • ICAMA: What's Expected? Everything you need to know about ICAMA
    Session will provide participants with training on the elements of the Compact, and will emphasize the intent of the ICAMA and its role in ensuring timely and uninterrupted interstate receipt of federal adoption and guardianship assistance benefits.
  • National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP): Resources and Services
    The National Center on Adoption and Permanency (NCAP) is a unique, nonprofit organization that provides a broad range of information, resources, consultation and multidisciplinary services on adoption, foster care and child welfare. The Center provides evidence-based educational initiatives, program and project development, research, consultation and evaluation. Particpants will learn about the resources available from NCAP and how to access them.
  • The Great Unknown: Changes in Child Welfare under the Trump Administration
    The President’s budget package may call for deep cuts in entitlement programs that impact child welfare populations—Medicaid, CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program), housing, nutritional assistance and other programs. The impact of cuts to any one of these proposals could be devastating for children and families in the child welfare system. This session will examine the what these changes may mean to children and families.
  • Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice: Why Juvenile Justice Reform Needs Child Welfare
    Research proves that up to two-thirds of youth involved in the juvenile justice system have involvement with the child welfarte system. To effect more positive outcomes Juvenile Justice and Child Welafre agencues should work together to address the effects of neglect and traumatic events.
  • Medical Assistance Interstate
    Training will include an overview of Medicaid and how to ensure receipt of medical assistance by eligble children and youth in interstate cases.
  • Improving State Health and Child Wellness Systems: CT Child Health and Development Institute
    The goal of The Child Health and Development Institute (CHDI) in Connecticut is to build stronger and more effective health and mental health systems to improve outcomes for all children in Connecticut. Participants will learn how CHDI is working through a variety of activities, including: research, evaluation, advocating for sound mental health policies and practices, collaboration, training and technical assistance and support for demonstration projects that inform system change.
  • Maintaining Adoption Performance through Leadership Changes and Budget Challenges
    Attendees will learn about overcoming obstacles to getting state permanency work accomplished during times of state budget and leadership changes. The approach presented can be applied to any state government role in human services, and focuses on identifying a goal, building collaborations with the adoption community and leveraging services and resources.
  • Improving Practice: Understanding the Intersection of ICPC and ICAMA in Interstate Cases
    Session will include a brief overview of both compacts, their application, and overlap. Discussion will focus on the coordination of ICAMA practice with ICPC to initiate Medicaid in the Residence State for a child transitioning from ICPC foster care to ICAMA adoption and guardianship assistance.