10th Annual Family Success Conference
Thursday, June 22, 2017
Registration: 8:30am | Conference: 9:30am to 3:00pm
The Professional Center at DCF
30 Van Dyke Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
The NJ Department of Children and Families requests the honor of your presence at the 10th Annual NJ Family Success Conference. Family Success Centers (FSCs) are safe, warm and welcoming neighborhood gathering places where any community resident can go for support, information and services. FSCs focus on providing primary prevention services with the goal of strengthening families, providing family support and preventing child abuse and neglect.
This conference will include networking opportunities, keynote presentations and workshops to enhance professional development and family success. Unfortunately, we are not able to provide childcare at this event.
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Dr. Joseph Michelli is an American psychologist, speaker and author. He started his career as a psychologist in 1988 and began writing business books in 2004. He is a New York Times best-selling author. He has written The Starbucks Experience, The New Gold Standard, Prescription for Excellence, and Driven to Delight.
Keyla Pavia is the Vice President of Enrollment Services at Pillar College, an accredited four year institution of higher learning in New Jersey. She has a passion to serve the youth. In 2016 she founded a girls' mentoring program called Abigail's Place; a one-year coaching program for girls ages 12-23. Today she serves with her husband, Francisco Pavia, as Youth Leaders at Grace Fellowship Chapel in Bedminster, New Jersey, working with Middle School to college-age students.
Registration Fee: This event is FREE, but pre-registration is required.
Meals: Breakfast and lunch will be served.
Parking: Available onsite, at no charge, at The Professional Center at DCF
8:30am - 9:30am: Registration and Breakfast
9:30am - 10:00am: Welcome | Antonio R. Lopez, NJDCF, OFFS Administrator; Dr. Allison Blake, NJDCF Commissioner
10:00am - 10:15am: Opening Remarks | Joyce A. Thomas, ACF Regional Administrator
10:15am - 11:45am: Morning Keynote Address | Dr. Joseph Michelli, New York Times #1 Bestselling Author, Consultant and Professional Speaker
11:45am - 12:00pm: Transition
12:00pm - 12:45pm: Workshop Sessions (Choose from 10 available workshops.)
12:45pm - 2:30pm: Working Luncheon / Afternoon Keynote Address | Keyla Pavia, Chief of Staff, Pillar College
2:30pm - 3:00pm: Closing Remarks | Charmaine Thomas, NJDCF Assistant Commissioner
Descriptions for each session can be viewed by clicking on the workshop titles.
Please select one workshop when you register.
Pamela Capaci, Executive Director, Prevention Links, INC.
Join in a roundtable discussion that defines the framework of cross-sector collaboration and invites an honest exchange regarding the real challenges faced with the practical application of collective impact efforts. The sharing of information, resources, activities, and capabilities by a group of organizations from various sectors may challenge the status-quo but it may also be the catalyst for building social capital and forging the pathway to achieve sustainable outcomes. The facilitator will review the theoretical framework of cross sector collaboration from the past decade and review specific examples of practical application to set the stage for a participatory workshop that will explore the value of partnerships in the current social climate.
Leah H. Bartley, Ph.D., MSW, Implementation Specialist, National Implementation Research Network, FPG Child Development Institute, UNC Chapel Hill
Over the past year, DCF and the Family Success Center Network, in coordination with the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) at UNC-Chapel Hill, have developed a Practice Profile for the FSC practice. Practice profiles are detailed descriptions of the essential functions and activities that must be present in order to say the FSC practice is being carried out as intended. This session will briefly review the process for developing the FSC Practice Profile, which involved a multi-step process including interviews with staff, a rigorous vetting and consensus process, and preliminary testing of the profile. This interactive session will then review the essential functions identified through the process and engage participants in considering how they might use and apply the Practice Profile in their Centers.
Nicole Meyers, Management and Project Specialist, DHHS/Administration for Children and Families, Immediate Office of the Regional Administrator
ACF understands the importance of implementing strategies to get good outcomes for vulnerable children which is not possible without recognizing and supporting the families that children grow up in. At the same time, we also recognize that economic security for vulnerable adults, require implementing strategies that connect skilled training and/or postsecondary education opportunities. The 2Gen Approach looks to change the trajectory of intergenerational poverty by aligning and coordinating services for children with services for their parents, and developing programs that serve both together.
Christina Reamer, Program Supervisor & Kelly O'Donnell, School of Social Work, National Park Elementary Schools, Oceanside II FSC, Robins' Nest
An interactive presentation on consumer needs and expectations, and the how-to's of delightful but professional engagement.
Danielle Mitchell, Program Supervisor, Orchards FSC, Family Success Center, Robins' Nest Inc.
Learn tips and tricks to make your center where everyone in your community wants to be. From perfecting your tour, creating an inviting environment and making the most of community interactions to draw people into your family success center, you will have people lining up outside your door in no time!
Joe Geleta, NJ Department of Human Services, Director – Office of Emergency Management, NJ ESF6 Coordinator
How to prepare before an event and how to respond to help keep your family, co-workers and yourself safe. Recent NJ events will be discussed and the attendees will be active participates.
Ana M. Martinez, MSW, LSW, Director, Palisades Family Success Center
The importance of understanding family dynamics, parenting styles, genetics and environment and their significance in preventing substance use.
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Randi Mandelbaum, Clinical Professor of Law, Annamay Sheppard Scholar, and Director, Child Advocacy Clinic, Rutgers Law School
Many children and/or their parents that you are working with may be undocumented. Recent policy changes at the Department of Homeland Security have caused increased concern in immigrant communities. This workshop will review some of the recent and relevant changes in federal immigration policy; discuss how best to work with and advise immigrant families, with a special emphasis on emergency planning strategies; explain some basic immigration terminology; and summarize some of the common forms of immigrant relief for undocumented children.
Maritza Raimundi-Petroski, Chief Program Officer, Puerto Rican Action Board, Inc.
Participants will learn four key steps for the successful integration of father initiatives, programs and services that are intentional in their approach for engaging fathers and father figures in the fabric of their communities. Those in attendance will have a better understanding of the intentional practices associated with inclusion from different aspects of the organization to ensure father-child involvement at all levels. (Learning, Engaging, Acknowledging, Preparing)
Niurca Louis, Director of Community Engagement & Cari Burke, Program Director, Robins' Nest
An overview of the 5 Protective Factors and how to embed these into Family Success Center Programming. Learn how to connect all the pieces for a dynamic workshop and how to make them measurable and observable, increasing the wellness and well-being of children and families.
The New Jersey Department of Children and Families is the state's first comprehensive agency dedicated to ensuring the safety, well-being and success of children, youth, families and communities. Our vision is to ensure a better today and even a greater tomorrow for every individual we serve.