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Youth Program

 8:00am :: REGISTRATION, CHECK-IN & REFRESHMENTS •  Campus Center Auditorium Level 1

8:30am :: POSTER PRESENTATIONS ON ADOPTION & FOSTER CARE RESEARCH • Campus Center Auditorium Level 1

9:00am - 9:30am :: WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS - Remarks from Dr. Hal Grotevant, Judy Cockerton, Dr. Ruth McRoy, Commissioner Linda Spears &MA. Department of Children & Families    Campus Center Auditorium Level 1

9:30am – 10:15am :: YOUTH CONFERENCE WELCOME SESSION •  Room 904-08

10:15am – 10:30am :: BREAK

10:30am – 11:45am :: MORNING CONCURRENT SESSION

  • Racial Identity at the Intersection of Artist, Academic, and Advocate • Campus Center Auditorium Level 1       
  • Dan Hughes’ Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP) for Children with Trauma and Attachment Histories: an Introduction for Caretakers and Therapists •  Room 163C
  • The Secure Base Model:  A Framework for Therapeutic Caregiving in Foster Care and Adoption • Room 165-69
  • Improving the Outcomes for Success: Building a National Adoption Competent Child Welfare and Mental Health Workforce • Room 168C
  • Fostering Futures: A Successful Community Volunteer Team Model for Supporting Foster Families • Room 174-76
  • Mapping Needs, Costs and Outcomes: The English Adoption Journey • Room 804-08
  • Think of Us: Leveraging Technology, Data, & Multimedia to Improve Policy, Practice, and Outcomes for Youth and Families  • Room 805-09
  • Advocacy 101: Advocacy for Self (Youth-Only Workshop) • Room 904-08
  • Creating Trauma-Sensitive Schools • Room 917

11:45am-1:15pm :: LUNCH, POSTER SESSION & AWARDS CEREMONY •  Campus Center Auditorium Level 1

1:15pm – 2:30pm :: YOUTH CONFERENCE AFTERNOON SESSION •  Room 904-08

2:30pm :: YOUTH CONFERENCE ENDS

2:45pm - 4:00pm :: AFTERNOON CONCURRENT SESSIONS – OPTIONAL FOR YOUTH

  • The Legacy of Foster Care: An Intergenerational Panel of Foster Care Alumni • Campus Center Auditorium Level 1
  • Technology on the Frontline: Changing Practice, Changing Lives • Room 162-75
  • Improving College Graduation Outcomes for Foster Youth: The Wily Network • Room 163C
  • Getting Practice Right:  Using the Strengths and Limits of Research Findings to “Bridge the Gap” Between Practice and Research • Room 165-69
  • Finding Adoptive Families for Children in Care: Perspectives from the US and England • Room 168C
  • Facilitating Peer Support between Foster Carers in the UK  • Room 174-76
  • Part of the Family: Achieving Permanence in Long-term Family Foster Care • Room 804-08
  • Sexual Minority and Heterosexual Parents Adopting Through the Child Welfare System: Challenges and Surprises During the Transition to Parenthood and Beyond • Room 805-09
  • Transaction to Transformation: A Modern Understanding of Adoption to Strengthen All Families • Room 811-15
  • Expanding the Village: How “One Simple Wish” is Encouraging EVERYONE To Support Youth in Foster Care • Room 917

4:00pm :: POSTERS, MUSIC & NETWORKING • Campus Center Auditorium Level 1

5:00pm :: END