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Alaska Child Welfare Virtual Conference - Register Now to Advocate for Alaska's Children!

We are thrilled to extend a heartfelt invitation to you for the upcoming Alaska Child Welfare Virtual Conference, taking place from November 2nd to the 4th. This conference represents a pivotal moment for all of us who are deeply committed to ensuring the well-being and safety of Alaska's children. It is an opportunity for us to come together, learn, share, and advocate for the most vulnerable members of our community. Alaska CASA proudly partners with the Alaska Child Welfare Conference, along with its sponsors. Their support has been instrumental in bringing this event to fruition.

The conference has been meticulously designed around three fundamental themes, each addressing a critical facet of child welfare:

November 2nd: Safety

November 3rd: Permanency

November 4th: Well-Being

These themes are not just dates on a calendar; they represent the core principles guiding our efforts to create a brighter future for Alaska's children. The Alaska Child Welfare Virtual Conference aims to empower all those involved in child welfare with the knowledge and skills needed to make a lasting impact.

Let’s dive deeper into these themes.

  • Safety is the cornerstone of child welfare. Every child deserves to grow up in an environment free from harm, fear, and abuse. In the context of foster care, safety goes beyond just physical well-being; it encompasses emotional and psychological safety as well. Children who have been removed from their homes due to unsafe conditions must find refuge and solace in the foster care system. At the conference, we delve deep into the concept of safety, seeking to understand and address the myriad of challenges and vulnerabilities that foster children may face. We examine the importance of safe and stable foster homes, the need for robust safeguards within the system, and the critical role of caseworkers, advocates, and caregivers in ensuring children feel secure and protected.

  • Permanency represents the idea that every child deserves a forever home. While the path to permanency can be different for each child, it's a universally acknowledged goal in child welfare. It means that children in foster care should have the opportunity to form lasting, loving bonds with caring families. During our conference, we explore various pathways to permanency, from reunification with birth families to adoption and kinship care. We discuss the importance of legal proceedings that provide stability and a sense of belonging for children. Moreover, we celebrate the incredible dedication of foster, adoptive, and kinship families who open their hearts and homes to children in need of a permanent, loving connection.

  • Well-Being encompasses the holistic development of a child – their physical, emotional, educational, and social growth. Children in foster care often come from challenging backgrounds, and it is our collective responsibility to ensure they receive the support and care necessary to thrive. At our conference, we delve into the multifaceted nature of well-being. We emphasize the need for trauma-informed care and mental health support to help children heal from their past experiences. We explore how educational and extracurricular opportunities can shape a brighter future for these children. We discuss the importance of wraparound services that address their unique needs and provide them with the tools to overcome adversity.

Our intended audience for this conference encompasses four key groups, all of whom play a vital role in safeguarding and nurturing our children:

  1. OCS Employees: These dedicated professionals are on the front lines of child welfare services, working tirelessly to ensure the safety and well-being of our children.

  1. Resource Families: Foster, adoptive, and kinship care families are the loving hearts and homes that provide stability and support for children when they need it most.

  1. Tribal Members: Comprising ICWA workers, tribal social services, and tribal court personnel, they bring cultural sensitivity and expertise to child welfare, connecting children with their heritage.

  1. Child Advocates: GALs (Guardians Ad Litem) and CASAs (Court-Appointed Special Advocates) ensure the child’s voice is heard in all proceedings with compassion, tirelessly advocating for the best interests of children in the legal system.

Why Your Participation Matters:

Now, more than ever, it is crucial for us to come together as a community. Child welfare is not just a matter for government agencies or a select few; it is a collective responsibility. Each one of us plays a role, holding a piece in our state's response to keeping children safe. Child welfare is a multifaceted endeavor that requires well-informed advocacy. A well-informed advocate understands the complexities of the system, can navigate legal processes effectively, and most importantly, ensures that the child's best interests are paramount in every decision. By participating in this conference, you are taking a significant step towards becoming a more well-informed advocate for Alaska's children. You will gain insights from expert panelists, including local judges, attorneys, and community partners who bring not only professional expertise but also invaluable lived experiences to the discussion.

What You Can Expect:

  • Lifelike Virtual Campus: Step into a digital world that replicates the experience of attending a conference in real-time. Engage with like-minded individuals who share your commitment to child welfare.

  • Interactive Workshops: Gain practical skills and knowledge through interactive workshops led by experts in the field.

  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with professionals and community members who share your passion for child welfare.

  • Webinars and Exhibits: Access a wealth of knowledge through on-demand webinars in the virtual auditorium and explore interactive exhibit booths in the virtual hall.

This event is entirely FREE and open to all who share our commitment to the well-being of Alaska's children. We strongly encourage you to register today and spread the word among your networks. Together, we can make a significant impact on child welfare in our state.

Register now and join us in this collaborative effort to ensure the safety, permanency, and well-being of Alaska's children. Your participation can make a real difference in the lives of our most vulnerable youth, shaping a brighter future for generations to come. We look forward to your presence at the Alaska Child Welfare Virtual Conference this November. Together, we can advocate for Alaska's children and create a brighter, safer future for all.

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