18th Annual Spring Child Welfare Conference

/18th Annual Spring Child Welfare Conference
18th Annual Spring Child Welfare Conference 2017-04-17T09:49:22+00:00

The Center for Advanced Studies in Child Welfare is pleased to announce our 18th Annual Spring Child Welfare Conference. This year we celebrate our Center’s 25th anniversary, as well as the School of Social Work’s 100th anniversary.

The Impact of Housing and Homelessness on Child Well-Being

Families face many challenges in raising healthy children, particularly when they encounter the stressors of poverty, which can include unstable housing and homelessness. The nonprofit community’s efforts to provide shelter and supportive housing, with support from federal, state and county funding, help ensure the safety and well-being of children, families, and communities. As child welfare professionals strategize and address the many challenges facing families, this conference aims to ignite a discussion of the work in communities to help families and youth secure and maintain a stable home.


Wednesday, April 19, 2017
8:30 am-12 noon
DQ Room, TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota (View Map)

Keynote Speaker:

We are pleased to feature keynote speaker Ms. Ruth White, PhD. Ms. Ruth White is one of the nation’s leading experts on housing policy and child welfare. Ms. Ruth White is the Executive Director of the National Center for Housing and Child Welfare. Previously she was the Director of Housing and Community Development Policy at Catholic Charities USA and the Director of Housing and Homelessness for the Child Welfare League of America. This presentation will provide an overview of the impact of unstable housing and homelessness for families and unaccompanied youth, and what that means for our child welfare system.


Panelists will discuss strategies and personal experiences in promoting well-being for families and unaccompanied youth who experience homelessness, and how their work impacts those who are involved with the child welfare system.

  • Ryan Berg is the Program Manager, ConneQT Host Home Program Avenues for Homeless Youth and and author of No House to Call My Home: Love, Family and Other Transgressions
  • Kizzy Downie is the Director of Community Services for Model Cities
  • A parent and a youth perspective on housing and homelessness

CASCW will be submitting a request for 3 CEHs to the Minnesota Board of Social Work for this event.