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2018 Together for Families National Conference


2018 Together for Families National Conference

The Together for Families Conference is a unique new opportunity to gather various stakeholders from across the country in the Family Support and Strengthening Field.

Conference Goals:

To focus attention at the national, state, and local level on supporting and strengthening families through Family Support, Strengthening Families, and the Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support.

To provide an opportunity for peer sharing on effective practice at various levels of responsibility - system, program, and funder.

To provide opportunities for those with shared interests to learn about each other's work and network.

To energize and motivate all stakeholders to continue this critically valuable work.

Who Should Particpate:
National, state, and local policy makers, public departments, children's trust fund staff, private funders, state and community Strengthening Families leadership team representatives, Family Support and Strengthening network representatives, program directors, managers, direct service staff, and parent leaders

Parent Leader Involvement

Conference content will be geared towards professionals in the Family Strengthening & Support Field, so it would be most relevant for parents in leadership roles.

Organizations are welcome to bring Parent Leaders and are asked to support their participation - such as by providing the registration payment, travel, child care, and interpretation/translation if needed.

Scholarship funds may be available to help defer some expenses of Parent Leader participation if Sponsors are secured. Please contact Samantha Florey, NFSN Director of Training, if your organization would like to apply for a scholarship, or if you would like to sponsor a Parent Leader to participate.

Schedule Overview:
Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support Certification Training, 8:30am-5:00pm
For those who may be interested to participate, the National Family Support Network will provide this one-day certification training on the nationally-adopted Standards of Quality for Family Strengthening & Support. The training details how the 9 Principles of Family Support and the Strengthening Families Framework, with its evidence-informed 5 Protective Factors, can be applied together to enhance work with families. Participants who successfully complete the training will receive a certificate valid for two years. 
Please click here for more information and to register separately for the Standards Certification training, which has an additional registration fee.

Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training, 8:30am-3:30pm
Whether a Program is exploring setting up a new Parent Advisory Committee or seeking to strengthen an existing one, this training will provide staff with the strategies and tools to develop an effective one. Please click here for more information and to register separately for the Developing and Sustaining Effective Parent Advisory Committees Training, which has an additional registration fee.

Reducing Stress and Enhancing Vitality with the Strengthening Families Protective Factors, 8:30am-5:00pm
Spend the day with Be Strong Families applying the Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors framework to promoting wellness and improving your quality of life as a person, as a parent and as a leader.  In the morning, participants will learn about Reducing Toxic Stress by Living the Protective Factors. This workshop was developed for the American Academy of Pediatrics, to introduce participants to the concept of toxic stress and explore its relationship to child development, trauma, and adverse childhood experiences. The Strengthening Families™ Protective Factors framework is presented as a way to mitigate the impact of toxic stress.  In the afternoon, participants will experience a Be Strong Families Vitality Café.  Please click here for more information and to register separately for this Training, which has an additional registration fee.

8:00am                 Check-in and breakfast begins
8:15am-9:15am    Pre-Conference Orientation Sessions
9:30am-5:00pm    Plenary and Sessions
5:15pm-6:30pm    Networking Reception

8:00am                  Networking breakfast
8:30am-12:30pm  Plenary and Sessions

Call for Presenters: 
To view the Call for Presenters, please click here.  Proposals are due Friday, July 13, 2018 at 5pm PT.



For information on Sponsorship Opportunities, please click here.

National Partners:

Payment Methods:

Credit Card: Through Eventbrite
Check: If you are a NFSN Member, government, or foundation representative and would like to pay by check, please contact Julie Matusick at anVsaWUgfCBuYXRpb25hbGZhbWlseXN1cHBvcnRuZXR3b3JrICEgb3Jn to request to do so.  She can also provide an invoice, if needed. Registration is not confirmed until payment is received.
If you need the W9 of the National Family Support Network's fiscal sponsor, Washington Regional Area Grantmakers, please download it here.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:
If you cancel more than 5 days before the event, you will be refunded your registration fee less a $10 cancellation fee.  If you cancel 0-5 days before the training date, no refund will be given.
Travel Logistics:
The NFSN has negotiated a special group rate for a limited number of rooms at a hotel near the venue:
The Crowne Plaza Cleveland at Playhouse Square ($139 per night, plus tax). To book, follow the exclusive Together for Families link.  You may also call the hotel directly at 216-615-7500 and ask for the 'Together for Families' rate.  Book by September 23.  The Crowne Plaza is a 10 minute walk from the Conference venue and there is also a free shuttle that operates in the area.
Hotel rates do fluctuate, it may be cheaper to book direct with the hotel without using the special group rate.
There are several other hotels in the area as well:
Comfort Inn Downtown Cleveland
Kimpton Schofield Hotel
Holiday Inn Express - Cleveland Downtown
Hyatt Regency Cleveland

Air Transportation:
Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) is 15 miles from the venue.
Please see the following search engines to search for flights. They cover all airlines except Southwest, which must be searched separately at www.southwest.com.

There is paid parking available onsite at Cleveland State University.  Pay the parking attendents directly if you chose this option.
SpotHero is a parking reservation service that connects drivers to discounted, convenient parking. Visit the SpotHero Cleveland Parking Page to find and reserve convenient parking with rates up to 50% off drive-up. 
For questions about payment, please contact Katherine Anderson at a2F0aGVyaW5lIHwgbmF0aW9uYWxmYW1pbHlzdXBwb3J0bmV0d29yayAhIG9yZw==.
For other inquiries, please contact Samantha Florey, NFSN Director of Training, at samantha@nationalfamilysupportnetwork or (858) 354-4462.

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