2010 Conference

Advocating for Children: Policy and Practice

April 16, 2010

2010 Conference Brochure

Key Note Speakers:
DAVID BILLINGS, DMin is a lead organizer and trainer with The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond's New York City Office. He has been with the organization for 30 years. He trains, lectures, and works with groups organizing to Undo Racism. He has been part of the Institute's work on reducing structural inequalities in Child Welfare. Billings is a historian of the nation's race construct and how it determines systemic disparities by race still today. Billings was born in Mississippi and for 35 years lived and worked in New Orleans. He has lived in New York City since 2004.
JOYCE JAMES, LMSW-AP is the Deputy Commissioner for Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Ms. James has received national recognition as the founder of HOPE (Helping Our People Excel) - a community initiative addressing the issue of over representation of African American children in DFPS. she has influenced Child Protective Services to take a close look at policies and practices that may contribute to the disproportionality of African American Children in the system. Ms. James has received numerous awards including the Betsy Rosenbaum Award presented to a Public Child Welfare Leader who has demonstrated a commitment to advancing child Welfare issues on behalf of children nd families. Ms. James is also a private Child Welfare Consultant.
JACKIE STAMPS, MSSW is the Service Region Administrator of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services working with community partners and mandatory reporting groups. She provides leadership in the delivery of services by a staff of 700 employees in a county with 700,000 residents. She directed pilot projects such as the Parent Advocate Program and the Annie E. Casey Foundation (AECF) Family to Family Initiative and the Community Partnership for Protecting Children. Her passion is around community engagement and policy and practice change in reducing racial disproportionality and disparities in the Child Welfare System. Ms. Stamps believes that families and care givers serve a vital role in permanency planning to protect the interests of foster children.
TERESA McELROY is a Birth Parent Advocate who has served as a parent advocate in Jefferson County's Kentucky's Parent Advocate Program for four years. She recently was hired by Easter Kentucky University as a full time family mentor of the START - Sobriety Treatment and Recovery Team.
Presentation Summaries and Bios; Click here: Summaries/Bios

Power Points:
1) An Innovative Integrative Group Therapy Approach for Treating Childhood Sexual Abuse: Game-Based Cognitive- Behavioral Therapy.
Craig Springer, PhD; Licensed clinical psychologist and founder of RDTC's group therapy and socialization program
Click here for Power Points for this workshop: PPT       

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