Permanency-Driven Advocacy: Transformative Practices and Innovative Programs
Friday, February 8, 2019
8:30 am-4:30 pm
Mitchell Hamline Auditorium
In addition to physical safety, discussions regarding the best interests of children have long considered permanency and stability as top priorities. Many child protection systems in the United States have permanency timelines outlining how long families and professionals have to complete certain tasks geared towards achieving them. Some argue that while stability is important for children, the mandated permanency timelines either do not allow adequate time for necessary services, or alternatively, fail to address the more important aspects of family preservation and cultural responsiveness within the system. With the rise of research and evidence-based knowledge surrounding the impact of trauma, specifically the trauma of separation from caregivers, how can professionals provide families with permanency and appropriate services within statutory time frames? This day-long event will highlight specific programs that are transforming child welfare practices to achieve a higher rate of family preservation through prevention & non-removal options, breaking barriers to permanency for children, and services that promote reunification whenever appropriate. Presenters will offer ways to implement these advocacy skills into systemic and individual practices.
Location: Mitchell Hamline School of Law, 875 Summit Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55105. The auditorium is located on the second floor.
Parking: There is limited parking available in the main school lot on Summit and Victoria. Additional parking is available in the lot located on the corner of Grotto and Summit, about two blocks east of the law school, or on the surrounding streets (such as Summit, Ashland, Portland, Victoria). Please make sure to check for permit only parking if you choose to park in a street. There is no cost to park in the lots or on the street. Please click here for a map of campus.
Out of Town Guests: While we have not reserved a block of rooms at any hotel, we suggest the Saint Paul Hotel or the Holiday Inn, both located in downtown Saint Paul. The Holiday Inn has a complimentary shuttle which will take you within five miles of the hotel (Mitchell Hamline is within this range). You will need to schedule departure and pickup times at the front desk.
Registration Fee: The cost for this day-long event is $75.00. Students may register for free. You may pay via credit card when you register online or by check or cash at the door. Please make checks out to Mitchell Hamline School of Law. A light breakfast and boxed lunch is included.
Continuing Education Credits: 5.5 standard and 1.0 elimination of bias CLE credits have been applied for. Mitchell Hamline is an approved CEU provider by the Minnesota Board of Social Work. Certificates of Attendance for 6.5 standard credits will be available at the event.
(For a presentation descriptions and speaker bios, please click our “register” button below)
8:00-8:30: Registration & Light Breakfast
8:40-10:40: Reconciling Parental Substance Use, Child Safety, Housing First and Harm Reduction Principles
10:50-11:40: Prevention & Permanency through Parent Mentoring
11:40-12:30: Boxed Lunch Provided
12:30-2:15: Caring for the Caregiver: The secret ingredient to improved youth outcomes
2:25-3:25: Family-Centered Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
3:30-4:30: Culturally Responsive Student & Family Engagement