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Be Strong Families, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Families Canada, Seattle Human Services, & National Family Support Network,

The biennial Together for Families Conference is a unique event that connects various stakeholders from across the U.S. and Canada in the Family Support and Strengthening Field to focus on quality practice. The conference will be held in Seattle, Washington, USA from 13-16 October 2020.  


This international conference, hosted by the International Foster Care Organization (IFCO), will profile initiatives that help children and youth in care thrive by promoting the creation of significant relationships, a sense of belonging to their family, their community, and their culture.

Human Rights Campaign,

This webinar features a panel of LGBTQ foster care alumni dedicated to creating change in the child welfare system.


Sharing Ideas that Strengthen Families and Engage Communities to Promote Child Well-Being will bring together policy, research, and practice professionals from child- and family-serving systems in the United States and other countries, as well as youth, caregivers, and community partners, to share and advance more effective family supports and systems of care for children and families in the 21st century.

David Royse and Austin Griffiths,

This book prepares future child welfare professionals to tackle the complex and challenging work associated with responding to child maltreatment.


The Convention on the Rights of the Child was adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989. In the lead-up to the Convention’s 30th birthday, a series of events will be organized in celebration.

National Family Support Network,

In this webinar, the National Family Support Network and Be Strong Families will join together to provide an overview of the value of Parent Leadership opportunities for both programs and parents/caregivers. The organizations will detail resources, tools, technical assistance, and trainings they have available to support meaningful parent leadership development, including the Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training and Parent Cafes.

Ali Caliendo - The Chronicle of Social Change,

In this opinion piece for the Chronicle of Social Change, Dr. Ali Caliendo (the executive director of Foster Kinship, a nonprofit organization devoted to the support of kinship families in the U.S. state of Nevada) outlines her recommendations for child welfare systems to improve outcomes for children by adopting best practices in supporting kinship families.

National Working Group on Foster Care and Education, Peter J. Pecora, Kirk O’Brien - Education in Out-of-Home Care,

This Chapter from the book Education in Out-of-Home Care reviews research and promising programs in the U.S. affecting the educational success of children in foster care.

Katherine Pears & Hyoun K. Kim - Education in Out-of-Home Care,

This chapter from the book Education in Out-of-Home Care outlines the skills that are necessary for a successful start to formal schooling for children placed into out-of-home care (OHC).