National Child Welfare Association

32nd Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect
April 13-16, 2014 | Fort Lauderdale, Florida


Lauren Shapiro

Events Manager

(503) 222-4044 ext. 118

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO MADE THE 2014 ANNUAL A CONFERENCE A SUCCESS! Please mark April 19–22, 2015 on your calendars for next year's event in Portland, Oregon!

View the Conference At A Glance

In April 2014, child welfare and legal professionals, advocates for children, tribal leaders, families, youth, and grassroots organizers will gather together in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, to focus on achieving ICWA’s potential and to celebrate its legacy. This conference will feature expert plenary panels, innovative workshops, networking opportunities, and celebratory events focused on serving the best interests of Native children in children’s mental health, child welfare, and juvenile justice. Please join us in our mission to protect Native children!

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