Conference on Child Welfare and the Courts

State of Wisconsin Department of Child Welfare and the Courts:

Inspiring Hope and Building Resiliency Among Our Youth

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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

Questions? Contact Kim Eithun at or 608-265-1417.

Brochure: View the Conference Brochure here.






October 18-20, 2017

2017 information left here for your reference

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.


Please note that conference materials will be provided online only via this website. All attendees will receive notification once those materials have been uploaded. No printed materials will be made available at the conference, with exception of those handed out by presenters.

Continuing Education Credits

This conference has been approved for 16.5 Continuing Legal Education credits, including minor and family guardian ad litem credits. One Ethics and Professional Responsibility credit is available for those attending workshop session C-7: Ethical Challenges for Lawyers Arising from Children’s Use of Social Media.

Judicial officers will receive five judicial education credits, with certificates provided at the event.

See for approved continuing education provider information for social workers.