Join us for our 7th Annual Conference – Beyond Separation: Protecting Cross Border Families – co-hosted with the University of Maryland School of Social Work from Thursday, October 17th through Friday, October 18th!
Day One of the conference (Oct 17) will feature a full-day Training Institute followed by Day Two (Oct 18) – a full day conference featuring four expert panels. The two-day event will cover how legal, judicial, social service, and advocacy professionals share and implement best practices to protect the long term safety of cross border children and families.
The Training Institute is a full-day program designed to improve participants’ capacity to identify and manage cross-border permanency planning and child welfare cases. the training will help participants develop key skills to solve the problems that will be the focus of the conference on the following day.
The Institute will draw from the Children on the Move Practical Guide, international child protection treaties, and domestic case practice models to offer four sessions illustrating best practices and applied skills for working on permanency planning and child welfare cases with an international component. Featured workshops will walk participants through the four stages of managing cross-border cases, including:
1) how to identify children who have family resources in a foreign country,
2) how to locate and engage with family members in a foreign country,
3) how to assess the family’s ability to act as a temporary or permanent caregiver and identify community resources for the child to ensure a child’s long-term sustainability and safety, and
4) how to implement best practices in cross-border family reunification and reintegration.
CEUs will be offered through the University of Maryland School of Social Work
Day One – Training Day (Oct 17) Agenda:
9:00-10:30: SESSION 1: Identify: International Family Finding and Engagement 101
– Felicity Northcott, ISS-USA
10:45-12:15: SESSION 2: Prepare: A Collaborative Approach to International Placements
– Cate Scenna, Maryland Pro Bono Resource Center and Heather M. Benno, Immigrant Justice Solutions
12:15-1:30: LUNCH OFFSITE
1:30-3:00: SESSION 3: Implement: Reunification and Reintegration as an Ongoing Process
– Elaine Weisman, ISS-USA and Ernesto Guadalupe, Escuela De La Calle (EDELAC), Guatemala
3:15-4:45: SESSION 4: Assess: Fact Finding to make Informed Decisions
– Estrellita Alvarado, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights and Shaina Simenas, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights
Day Two (Oct 18) Agenda:
8:00-8:45: Registration, Coffee and Tea, Networking
10:00-11:15: SESSION 1: Children on the Move: A Big Picture Look at International Family Separation
– Allison Blake, Child and Family Agency of Southeastern CT, Maureen Flatley, John M. Flatley Associates, Emily Kephart, Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), and Ann Estin, Iowa Law, University of Iowa (Moderator)
11:15-11:30: BREAK #1
11:30-12:45: SESSION 2: Finding Common Ground: Legal and Social Work Cooperation in the Best Interest of Children
– Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS), Brenda Pinero, American Bar Association (ProBar), and Debra Jones, LUMOS (Moderator)
1:45-3:00: SESSION 3: Partners in Protection: The Role of Public and Private Partners in Supporting and Reuniting Families
– Caroline Humer, International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) and Ambassador (Ret’d) Susan Jacobs (Moderator)
3:00-3:15: BREAK #2
3:15-4:30: SESSION 4: Lessons from the Field: Best Practices in Repatriation and Reintegration
– Marisa Chumil, Young Center for Immigrant Children’s Rights and Felicity Northcott or Elaine Weisman, ISS-USA (Moderator)
Two day tickets are available as well as individual tickets. Two day Early Bird Registration passes include free tickets to our Welcome Reception on Oct 17th. Register before it’s too late! Early Bird prices are only available until Sept 6th.
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University of Maryland Baltimore
SMC Campus Center
621 West Lombard Street
Baltimore, MD 21201
We will not have a room block reserved for this event. However, there are many hotels in Baltimore that are convenient to the conference location:
- Lord Baltimore Hotel is offering discounted room rates for reservations that are scheduled during our conference days. The hotel, located at 20 W Baltimore St. is only 0.6 miles away from the venue.
To access this discounted rate, please click this link https://reservations.travelclick.com/85390?hotelid=85390&RATEPLANID=1367588&IDENTIFER=UMD#/guestsandrooms
- Hilton Baltimore Inner Harbor
- Holiday Inn : Baltimore-Inner Harbor (Downtown)
- Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor at Camden Yards
- Days Inn by Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor