Schedule Highlights



8 a.m. – Virtual Lobby Opens

9 to 10:30 a.m. - Opening General Session 

KEYNOTE: Born in June, Raised in April: Reclaiming the Calendar and Engaging Today’s Youth  

10:35 to 10:45 a.m. – Coffee with April

10:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. – SESSION A 

A1:  COVID-19: How Child Welfare Organizations Maintain Stability in Turbulent Times  
A2: Creating Comfort: Tools for Transcending Secondary Traumatic Stress  
A3: Roundtable: Lived Experience in Foster Care Informs Professional Child Welfare 
A4: Five Years from Now: The Future of Organizational Abuse Risk Management  
A5: Recognizing Commercial Sexual Exploitation: What to Look for and How to Screen for It?  
A6: Pathways to Positive Permanency  

1:30 to 3 p.m. – SESSION B 

B1: Exploring the Continuous Quality Improvement Galaxy: A Contextual Approach for Diverse Settings 
B2: Mindfulness Matters: Practical Tips for Empowering Children and Families
B3: Someone Who Looks Like Me: Diversity within the Child Welfare System 
B4: Ethics in Risk Assessment: How to Ethically Manage Risk with Youth in Treatment  
B5: Clearing the Cobwebs: Supporting Meaningful Incremental Staff and Youth 
B6: Building a Better Future Now – Decreasing Wait and Increasing Capacity  

3:05 to 3:15 p.m. – Stretch Break 

3:20 to 4:50 p.m. – SESSION C 

C1: Measuring Your Impact: Simple Evaluation Strategies to Improve Programming 
C2: Improving Lives Through Research: The Intersection of Intervention and Research  
C3: Strengthening Kinship Care: Designing Programs for Unique Caregiver Needs - LCPAA only 
C4: Breaking Barriers: Innovative Court Models to Build Lasting Connections   
C5: The Golden Hours: Recognizing and Stabilizing Trafficked Youth in Emergency Shelters or Drop-In Centers - LCCA only 
C6: The Power of Collaborating Across Sectors 

5 p.m. – Virtual Reception – Join us for games and trivia and prizes!


 8 a.m. – Virtual Lobby Opens

9 to 10:30 a.m. – OPENING GENERAL SESSION 

KEYNOTE: 21st Century Child Welfare 

10:50 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. – SESSION D 

D1: Accreditation Offers Critical Framework: Emergency Preparedness, Risk Management, and Implementing FFPSA  
D2: Integrated Health Care: Why Is It So Important?  
D3:  The Future Is Now: Community Based Care in Orbit  
D4: How Can Agencies Providing Emergency Shelter Services Flourish Despite the Challenges? - LCCA only 
D5: Innovations in Advocacy to Combat Child Sex Trafficking 
D6: Harnessing the Potential of Strategic Communications Practice for Community Organizations  

1:30 to 3 p.m. – SESSION E 

E1: Empowering Foster Families: Using Technology and Data for Recruitment and Licensing - LCPAA only 
E2: Growing Resilience in Children and Adults – The Four Cs 
E3: Reducing System Inflicted Re-Traumatization in Our Work with Families: A Neurobiological Approach 
E4: Making Ethical Decisions Involving Race in Policy and Practice  
E5: CSEY Advocacy: Travel Guide...Sherpa  
E6: Understanding the Fundamentals of Fourth R: A Program That Promotes Healthy Relationships and Reduces Risky Behaviors among Adolescents 

3:05 to 3:15 p.m. – Stretch Break 

3:20 to 4:50 p.m. – SESSION F 

F1: Heightened Contract Monitoring: Navigating the Process and Improving Quality 
F2: Groundbreaking Caregivers—Peeking through a Developmental Trauma Lens  
F3: Improving the Quality of Residential Care Treatment in Texas - LCCA only 
F4: Our Girls, Our Communities: The Experience of Black Girls and Adolescents in Foster Care 
F5: The Dynamics of Family-Facilitated Child Sex Trafficking: What You Need to Know  
F6: Educational Support Pipelines for Foster Youth and Alumni: K-12-Higher Education Support Programs 


8 a.m. – Virtual Lobby Opens

9 to 10 a.m. – GENERAL SESSION 

Residential Child Care Licensing and Contracts Updates for All Residential Providers  

10:15 to 11:15 a.m. – GENERAL SESSION 

Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act in Texas  

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. – CLOSING GENERAL SESSION 

A Public Service Announcement Regarding the Federal Foster Youth to Independence Initiative  
KEYNOTE: Welcome Our Federal Commissioner: A Look at the National Child Welfare Landscape 


All workshops and general sessions are pre-approved for continuing education credit hours for Licensed Child Care Administrator (LCCA) and Licensed Child Placing Agency Administrator (LCPAA), except for those workshops designated as approved for only one license type as noted after workshop title above.

Effective September 1st, 2020 The Texas Behavioral Health Executive Council (BHEC) no longer approves and renews agencies and organizations as providers of CEUs for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC) or Licensed Social Workers (LSW). The Texas Sunset Commission eliminated this function of BHEC.  LPCs and LSWs may submit proof of attendance (and other required documentation as set forth by BHEC) of training hours acquired through TACFS/The Center for CEU approval. For more information, please visit and/or call: (512) 305-7700.