Monday, May 1, 2017

9:00 a.m.  - 5:00 p.m.

In the interest of kids: The priorities in family-based services and working together at the state and federal levels
Melinda Baldwin, Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF), Alex Cawthorne, National Governors Association; and Laura Radel, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

Guiding public policy to support resource families
Sandra Killett, Birth Parent National Network (BPNN) and Debbie Riley, Center for Adoption Support and Education
What’s at risk to Medicaid funding?: Medicaid block grants, per capita rates, waivers, CHIP reauthorization and more
Laura Boyd, Ph.D., National Director of Public Policy, Family Focused Treatment Association

The 115th Congress – A bi-partisan panel discussion on TFC definition language, Family First Prevention Service Act, CHIP reauthorization, and more
Representatives from Senate Finance Committee and House Committee on Energy & Commerce (to be announced)

Stepping up for homeless youth and those aging out
Eric Masten, National Coalition on Youth Homelessness; Naomi Smoot, Coalition for Juvenile Justice; and John Sciamanna, Child Welfare League of America

Immigration threats and the impact on foster care and other resource families
Cristina Ritchie Cooper, ABA Center on Children and the Law

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

9:00 a.m.                         Review of talking points and preparing for meetings on Capitol Hill 

10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m.       Meetings on Capitol Hill (end time will depend on participants’ appointments on Capitol Hill)


For questions about the program, contact Laura Boyd at
For questions about the schedule, registration or the hotel, contact Allie Koscielny at