ASU's Center for Child Well-Being was pleased to host the 21st annual National Title IV-E Roundtable May 23-25, 2017. Over 225 attendees, representing 35 states and 6 tribal nations visited Phoenix, Arizona to explore the theme, Examining Efficiency and Increasing Access Across Systems through Collaboration.

Attendees participated in four plenary sessions focused on: 1) Social Work Education & University Partnerships; 2) Research, Evaluation & Assessment; 3) Training & Workforce Development; and 4) Collaboration & Partnership. Twenty roundtable break-out sessions followed each plenary to allow participants to learn more about what state partners have had success with in each area, as well as to learn from challenges and opportunities. The afternoons of Day 1 & Day 2 provided skill-building opportunities with two national Title IV-E experts, Don Schmid and Carl Valentine, followed by opportunities for state & federal region action planning. More details including workshop presentations & resource materials can be found at: https://sites.google.com/site/2017titleiveroundtable/.

The conference fosters Title IV-E funded agency/university collaborations that allow for curricula innovation, prepare social work students for professional public child welfare practice, and support long-term professional development for those that work with and on behalf of children and families involved with the foster care system.

Do you work in child welfare? Whether you are responsible for training and professional development of staff, or an administrator of the Title IV-E/Title IV-B funding mechanisms, this event is the place to learn from your peers within your federal region about how to increase efficiency and access while reducing state and local costs. We seek proposals that will stimulate dialogue, provoke critical thinking, and lead to an improved child welfare infrastructure for professionals who serve vulnerable and oppressed families.

Do you work in Juvenile Probation? Juvenile Probation Departments manage youth separately or in conjunction with child welfare systems and are in a position to initiate or expand Title IV-E programs accordingly.  This opportunity will be extensively increased based on currently proposed federal legislation. Proposals are requested that promote dialogue, discussion and improved collaboration between juvenile probation and child welfare in the development or expansion of Title IV-E programs.  Proposals that focus on opportunities arising from the new legislation are highly encouraged.

Are you an educator? Educators bear the societal responsibility of preparing professionals to work with, and on behalf of, vulnerable children and families. These professionals include but are not limited to social workers, officers of the court, and K – 12 educators. We seek proposals that will stimulate dialogue, provoke critical thinking, and lead to an improved educational infrastructure for professionals who serve vulnerable and oppressed families. Please consider submitting a proposal to the education track of the National Title IV-E Roundtable if you can help us during a time of shifting policy.

More information on the conference purpose, design, and history can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/2017titleiveroundtable/