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Colorado Convening on Children, Youth and Families seeking presentation proposals for 2017 conference

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

DENVER – The Colorado Convening on Children, Youth and Families (CCCYF) Planning Committee is accepting proposals for breakout session presentations for the annual Convening on Children, Youth and Families. The Convening on Children, Youth and Families is hosted by the Colorado Judicial Department Family Law Programs Unit, the Colorado Judicial Department Problem Solving Courts Unit, the Colorado Department of Human Services, and the Colorado Dependency and Neglect System Reform Program (DANSR). 

The conference will take place April 23-25, 2017, in Vail, Colorado. The Colorado Convening on Children, Youth, and Families is held annually with the goal of bringing together Best Practice Court Teams (BPCT), Family Treatment Drug Courts Teams (FTDC) and Juvenile Problem Solving Court Teams (JPSC) to promote collaborative, team-based approaches to Dependency and Neglect and Delinquency cases in Colorado. Membership of BPC, FTDC, and JPSC Teams includes judicial officers, child welfare representatives, guardians ad litem, respondent parents’ counsel, county attorneys, family court facilitators, CASA, court clerks, education representatives, service providers, foster parents, faith-based organizations, and other stakeholders who are involved in the child welfare system.

At the 2017 Colorado Convening on Children, Youth, and Families, BPCT, FTDC, and JPSC Teams will participate in multi-disciplinary child welfare training, share best practices among teams, participate in statewide discussions of permanency and well-being, learn more about continuous quality improvement, and work together as individual teams to update old goals and set new goals.

The Colorado Department of Human Services, the Problem Solving Courts Unit, the Family Law Programs Unit and DANSR welcome presentation proposals on any Dependency and Neglect, Family Treatment Drug Court, and Juvenile Drug Court related topics. Priority will be given to the following topics:

  • Permanency
  • Crossover Youth
  • Treatment/Services
  • ICWA
  • Human Trafficking
  • Family Treatment Drug Courts
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Drug Courts
  • Trauma Informed
  • Data / Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
  • Disproportionality (over representation/under representation)
  • Local Initiatives
  • Education
  • Emancipating Youth
  • Psychotropic Meds

Authors of accepted proposals may be invited to present at the 2017 Colorado Convening on Children, Youth, and Families. Presenters will be asked to prepare a 75-minute presentation, which will be presented for attendees at two different sessions on one day of the three-day Convening. Please note, panels and co-presenters will be limited to three per presentation. Timely submission of the proposals is critical to the success of the program. The procedures and timetable enumerated below will apply.

Deadline for Proposals: By October 17, 2016, proposals should be completed through the attached survey with the following information: Name of presenter(s), primary contact phone number and email, proposed title of session, area of focus, target audience, session description (including outlines and learning objectives), learning strategies, and amount of any required honorarium. In addition to the proposal, please submit presenter(s) CV or bio to Mallory Nassau (

Acceptance of Proposals: By November 14, 2016, a decision on all proposals will be made and selected presentations will be named.

Submission Guidelines: Individuals and/or organizations interested in submitting must use the following link through

Questions may be addressed via e-mail at

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