2017 Conference on Child Welfare and the Courts:
Inspiring Hope and Building Resiliency Among Our Youth

October 18-20, 2017

At a glance

What: 2017 Conference on Child Welfare and the Courts

When: Wed-Fri, Oct 18-20, 2017

Where: The Osthoff Resort, Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin

Cost: None

Registration is closed. Sign up for the wait list HERE»

Questions: Contact Justin Wolff, justin.wolff@wicourts.gov or 608-264-6905.


Join us!

The 2017 Conference on Child Welfare and the Courts: Inspiring Hope and Building Resiliency Among Our Youth is an event that will include presentations and workshops aimed at solutions-based approaches for serving youth in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The conference will bring together county, state, and tribal leaders from multidisciplinary backgrounds to assist in creating dialog and pragmatic approaches to their work in this area.

Please consider inviting your colleagues who have direct involvement in the child welfare and juvenile justice systems, to include circuit and tribal court officials, attorneys, agency directors and supervisors, school officials, law enforcement, and other policy makers.

Featured speakers and topics

This conference will feature both plenary and workshop topics on a variety of subjects and issues including adolescent brain development, serving dual-status youth, ending the school-to-prison pipeline, innovative approaches to supporting youth aging out of care, addressing implicit bias, motivational interviewing and engagement of youth, and much more. Confirmed presenters include:

  • Antwone Fisher, author, poet, and screen writer and Rick Miller, founder of Kids at Hope.
  • Dr. Leonard Sax, psychologist, family physician, and author focusing on children, parenting, and education.
  • Dr. Rita Cameron Wedding, professor at Sacramento State University, focusing on race, gender, and social class disparities in the areas of child welfare, education, and juvenile justice.
  • Hon. Steven Teske, Chief Juvenile Court Judge for Clayton County, GA, and leader in juvenile justice reform.


Register online with the link above. Registration Deadline: June 30. There is no registration fee. Space is limited. Priority will be given to judicial officers, county and tribal agency management, and attorneys involved in child welfare and juvenile justice. Additional registrants will be accepted as space allows. A brochure and registration details will be forthcoming. Please contact Justin Wolff (justin.wolff@wicourts.gov) for additional information.

Continuing Education Credits

Continuing legal and judicial education credits will be offered to attendees. See continuingstudies.wisc.edu/ceu-approved-hours for approved continuing education provider information for social workers.

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