NCCAN Newsletter, volume 12, April 2019
21st National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, April 24 to 26, 2019, Washington Wardman Park Marriott - theme is strong and thriving families.
It's Time to Ask Ourselves Some Tough Questions:
A Message from Jerry Milner

Mobile App
The 21ST NCCAN Mobile App is now available for download. To maximize your conference experience, download the 21st NCCAN app on your mobile device, tablet, or computer. The mobile app has a number of features: personalize your conference schedule; access speaker biographies, session presentations, and exhibitor details; connect with other conference attendees; stay up-to-date on conference events; and receive real-time communications from the conference staff. Instructions for downloading the app can be found on the Mobile App page of the conference website.
By creating a profile in the mobile app (using the same email used to register for the 21st NCCAN), all session preferences that you indicated during the registration process will automatically populate your personal conference schedule when you arrive onsite. As a reminder, your selection of any session during the registration process does not guarantee a seat onsite. Admittance to all sessions will be on a first-come, first-served basis and sessions will be closed once room capacities have been reached.

Those unable to attend the conference in person can still participate in part of the meeting via the conference live stream, NCCANLive. Several of the conference sessions will be streamed live on the Internet, with the opportunity for online participants to ask questions and follow the live conversation via the 21st NCCAN website and social media.
Wednesday, April 24

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Opening Plenary Session: Despite the Odds: Looking for Solutions through a New Lens

2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
Master Session: Why Everyone Benefits from High Quality Legal Representation

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Master Session: National Efforts to Promote Strong and Thriving Families

Thursday, April 25

9:00 am – 10:30 am
Master Session: Prioritizing Community-based Family Support

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Plenary Session: The Human Need for Belonging: Moving from Harm to Healing

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Master Session: Applying the Science of Child Development to Child Welfare Decision-Making

4:00 pm – 5:30 pm
Master Session: Creating Effective Foster/Birth Parent Partnerships

Friday, April 26

11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Plenary Session: Transforming Child Welfare

1:30 pm – 3:00 pm
Master Session: Broken Places: Film Feature (55 minutes) and Q and A (30 minutes) with Roger Weisberg (Director, Writer and Producer) and Daniella Rin Hover (film participant).

Visit to watch the trailer.

Broken Places interweaves real-life longitudinal narratives with commentary from nationally renowned experts to help viewers better understand the devastating impact of childhood adversity as well as the inspiring characteristics of resilience.
View the 21ST NCCAN Website Agenda to learn more about the Master Sessions.

NCCAN Master Session Spotlight
On April 25, from 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm, you and your colleagues can join via live stream with leaders from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University for a Master Session on Applying the Science of Child Development to Child Welfare Decision-Making. As a team, you will participate in the presentation and walk through a decision matrix to assess how current practice or policy aligns with the science and explore opportunities to innovate and deepen impact. Tools and resources will be provided in advance of the live-streamed session, so that you are prepared. As a reminder, registration for NCCANLive will be available on April 15 at

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