The conference is co-sponsored by the Council on Contemporary Families (CCF; http://contemporaryfamilies.org/) and the University-Based Child and Family Policy Consortium (http://www.childpolicyuniversityconsortium.com/).
The theme of the conference is "Crossing Boundaries: Public and Private Roles in Assuring Child Well-Being." More information and registration is available online (http://contemporaryfamilies.org/conference/2012-conference-program.html) but here are a few highlights:
* This is a small, intimate conference, with numerous opportunities to network with other scholars who conduct policy-relevant research and to engage in thought-provoking dialogue about new research findings.
* On Friday, there will be a series of plenary sessions, with engaging panelists and audience discussion on topics such as: disparities in maltreatment risk and system response and innovative approaches to prevention and intervention, as well as speakers such as: Jill Korbin, John Eckenrode, and John Fluke, to name just a few!
* The first session focuses on Illinois' new differential response approach to child welfare, including speakers from DCFS and national experts.
* A Friday evening reception at the Jane Addams Hull House museum features a keynote address by Dorothy Roberts of Northwestern University on "The Politics of Racial Disparities in Child Welfare."
* On Saturday morning, Vivian Tseng, Vice President for Programs at the William T Grant Foundation will deliver a keynote address about the process through which research evidence informs policy and practice affecting youth. Several experts from CCF will also run workshops to help you build your skills in interacting with the media.
* There are also opportunities for you to share your research in a refereed poster session (more info at
http://www.contemporaryfamilies.org/conference/2012-conference-call-for-papers-poster-session.html). Poster submissions from a range of disciplines and on a variety of topics (including beyond the conference theme) are welcome.
The conference will be Friday, April 27th and Saturday morning, April 28th at the Crowne Plaza Metro hotel in downtown Chicago (on the West edge of the Chicago downtown loop).
For those of you who aren't familiar with Consortium, it is comprised of about two-dozen of the leading child and family policy centers and programs across the country. The Consortium fosters both research and engagement by sharing strategies for conducting policy-relevant research, facilitating scientific collaboration around child and family policy, and fostering effective translation between research, practice, and policy.
For those of you who aren't familiar with CCF, they are a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to providing the press and public with the latest research and best-practice findings about American families. CCF's members include demographers, economists, family therapists, historians, political scientists, psychologists, social workers,
sociologists, as well as other family social scientists and practitioners.