The Kempe Center is excited to host the second international virtual conference—A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare— we will reconvene and expand the international community of practice brought together during the groundbreaking 2020 event. Join this space to re-envision and rethink child welfare by mobilizing child, family, community partnerships, and leadership. We believe that together we can illuminate new ideas, innovative ways, necessary disruptions, and transformative changes that inspire thinking and local action. Join us over the course of 4 days and 70 hours to create and mobilize change in child welfare, to envision how you can be a change agent in your nations and communities!
Early this October in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and ensuring global protests, the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect hosted its first international virtual conference, A Call to Action to Change Child Welfare. Over 1,400 people attended this groundbreaking event joining from 20 countries around the world. This diverse international community of practice convened to address issues of justice, social inequality, race equity, family leadership and oppression in the child welfare and allied systems and begin to discuss, debate and solution build on how systems, communities and individuals can begin the process of fundamentally changing the structure of these systems. It was a New York Times Opinion piece by David Brooks that planted the seed with the event organizers—he suggested—from studying pandemics from a historic perspective—that we have an opportunity to create a redemptive narrative to improve society and encouraged everyday citizens to innovate their work and use the pandemic as a motivator for change.
A Kempe Team of 10 faculty and staff collaborated over 5 months to create a highly ambitious conference agenda: 270 unique sessions were offered over this 4-day event that spanned 17 hours each day, promoting new thinking, new behaviors and new decision-making advocating that children, family, and community need to be the driving force in changing child welfare systems. Major foundations, two consulting and research firms and a large State child welfare agency also co-sponsored the conference. The event welcomed those with lived experience—parents, youth alumni and kinship care providers; child welfare practitioners, supervisors, administrators; legal, mental health, and medical professionals; community and neighborhood leaders; researchers; policymakers; advocates; and other thought leaders from around the world. Kempe believes that each of us—no matter our role—can make micro and macro changes in practice, policy, research, training, systems, and law to create an improved, socially just and fair child welfare system.
Did you miss A call to Action? Receive login access for one year to our CrowdCompass A Call to Action Online Event center where you can view the On-Demand Video Archive, 140+ hours from 12+ countries of groundbreaking learning generated from this 4-day event! Enjoy all Keynotes & Workshops on your own time. Receive notifications about future e-learning offerings exclusive to the A Call to Action international community of practice and join the movement to re-envision and rethink child welfare through mobilizing child, family, community partnerships and leadership!
Over 1,400 people attended this groundbreaking event joining from 20 countries around the world. This diverse international community of practice convened to address issues of justice, social inequality, race equity, lack of family leadership and oppression in the child welfare and allied systems and begin to discuss, debate and solution build on how systems, communities and individuals can begin the process of fundamentally changing the structure of these systems. What did they have to say?