National Child Welfare Association

33rd Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
April 19-22, 2015 | Portland, Oregon


Lauren Shapiro

Events Manager

(503) 222-4044 ext. 118

Please mark April 19–22, 2015 on your calendars for next year's event in Portland, Oregon!

Conference Goals

  • To highlight successful strategies for developing effective services
  • To reveal the latest and most innovative child welfare and children’s mental health service delivery practices
  • To highlight tactics and strategies for financing and sustaining services that impact children
  • To showcase strategies for involving youth and families in developing services and policies that lead to systems change
  • To create peer-to-peer networks that will assist each other in the work toward permanency for all American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) families
  • To share the latest research on the well-being of AI/AN children and effective child welfare and children’s mental health services, practices, and policies.

Who Should Attend?

All individuals who are committed to serving AI/AN children and their families are encouraged to attend. Moreover, many workshop sessions target one or more of these groups specifically:

  • Child welfare workers, directors, and staff from tribal, state, federal, and private programs
  • Tribal leaders
  • Substance abuse staff
  • Health professionals
  • Mental health and psychiatric professionals
  • Law enforcement professionals
  • Court and legal professionals
  • Teachers, counselors, educators, and staff
  • Tribal and public school administrators  
  • Grassroots community organizers
  • Court of Indian Offenses judges and attorneys
  • BIA and IHS social service staff
  • Private providers
  • Parents, guardians, elders, and extended family members