32nd Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
April 13-16, 2014 Fort Lauderdale, Florida
In April 2014, child welfare and legal professionals, advocates for children, tribal leaders, families, youth, and grassroots organizers will gather together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to focus on achieving ICWA’s potential and celebrate its legacy. This conference will feature expert plenary panels, innovative workshops, networking opportunities, and celebratory events focused on serving the best interests of Native children in children’s mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice. Please join us in our mission to protect Native children!
To highlight successful strategies for developing effective services
To reveal the latest and most innovative child welfare and children’s mental health service delivery practices
To highlight tactics and strategies for financing and sustaining services that impact children
To showcase strategies for involving youth and families in developing services and policies that lead to systems change
To create peer-to-peer networks that will assist each other in the work toward permanency for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families
To share the latest research on the well-being of AI/AN children and effective child welfare and children’s mental health services, practices, and policies.
Who Should Attend?
All individuals who are committed to serving AI/AN children and their families are encouraged to attend. Moreover, many workshop sessions target one or more of these groups specifically:
Child welfare workers, directors, and staff from tribal, state, federal, and private programs
Substance abuse staff
Mental health and psychiatric professionals
Law enforcement professionals
Court and legal professionals
Teachers, counselors, educators, and staff
Tribal and public school administrators
Grassroots community organizers
Court of Indian Offenses judges and attorneys
BIA and IHS social service staff
Parents, guardians, elders, and extended family members
(503) 222-4044 ext. 118