38th Annual Child Welfare Symposium 


The Joint Council on International Children’s Services is hosting its 38th Annual Child Welfare Symposium to be held April 7, 2014 - April 9, 2014 at The Holiday Inn - Fisherman's WharfSan Francisco, CA. 2014's Symposium will include the following tracks:  

Monday, April 7th

KEYNOTE: Does International Child Sponsorship Work? A Six-Country Study of Impacts with Dr. Bruce Wydick

Tackling Malnutrition in Institutions & Foster Care: Lessons from the Field in India & Haiti with Zeina Makhoul, PhD, RD

KEYNOTE: From Research to Programming and Beyond: How Worldwide Orphans used Leading Research to Improve the Lives of Children with Dr. Anthony Salandy

Family Strengthening in a Developing Country Context through Positive Parenting Trainingwith Caroline Bishop

Changing Course for Children: Exploring Buckner’s processes, outcomes and lessons learned of Foster Care development and systemization in Peru with Leslie Chace-Zielke and Margaret Elizabeth McKissack 

Tuesday, April 8th

The Big and Small of it: Differing Views on Improving Program Performance through Monitoring and Evaluation with Monica Czapla (SPOON Foundation), Dr. Anthony Salandy (Worldwide Orphan Foundation), and Holta Trandafili (WorldVision)

Orphanage Volunteerism: Benefiting Orphans or Volunteers? with Meghan E Lopez, MSN, FNP-BC

KEYNOTE: Families, Not Orphanages with John Williamson

 For more information, please use the following link:    

USAID’s Displaced Children and Orphans Fund (DCOF) in collaboration with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) Event (Webcast)

 Families Make the Difference: Reducing violence against children in the home and promoting healthy child development.

 April 11, 2014, from 11am to 3.30pm EDT

The event will gather academics, donors, policy makers and practitioners and be an opportunity to hear about the IRC’s parenting programs and research and to engage in a broader dialogue around pertinent programming, policy and research questions for advancing parenting programs in low and middle income settings.  

The day will be divided in three parts: 

1.     Presentations on IRC programs and learning from impact evaluations in Thailand, Liberia and Burundi by Amanda Sim, Monitoring and Evaluation Coordinator IRC and Jeannie Annan, Director Research Evaluation and Learning IRC.  

2.     Lunch and a photo exhibition on programs in Thailand and Liberia by photographers Peter Biro and Mark Darrough 

3.     Panel and plenary discussion on critical themes for advancing parenting programs: 

a.     How do we adapt parenting programs for culturally diverse, low resource and conflict affected settings? How replicable are these programs? 

Panelist:  Theresa Betancourt, Director, Research Program on Children and Global Adversity François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard School of Public Health 

b.    How can we reach scale with parenting programs? How to make sure there is an able and supported workforce to deliver these programs? 

Panelist: Joan Lombardi, Senior Advisor to the Buffett Early Childhood Fund on national initiatives and to the Bernard van Leer Foundation on global child development strategies

c.     Can parenting interventions achieve multiple caregiver and child outcomes? What seem to be core elements, and what might be added while not losing effectiveness?

Panelist: Eve S. Puffer, Ph.D. Assistant Professor Duke University Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, Duke Global Health Institute 

d.      How is the intersection between violence against children and violence against women addressed through parenting programs? How can we engage fathers? 

Panelist: Gary Barker, International Director, Promundo

To access the webcast, please visit: 

Global Summit on Childhood: Exploring the Experience of Childhood Worldwide 

10-13 April 2014, Vancouver, Canada

The Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) will be hosting a Global Summit on Childhood in April 2014. The goals of the summit are to provide a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue among the global community about the experience of childhood; explore the current state of childhood from international, cross-cultural, and cross-disciplinary perspectives; examine specific issues impacting the lives of children today; and consider best policies and practices to promote the opportunities that support a positive childhood experience and to address the challenges that threaten childhood. 

 For more information about registration, and a call for proposals, please visit:  

International Day for Street Children 12th April 2014


The International Day for Street Children takes place on 12th April and provides a platform for the millions of children around the world to speak out so their rights cannot be ignored. The Consortium for Street Children (CSC) launched the Day in 2011 and since then support has grown exponentially, with street children, NGOs, policy-makers, academics and celebrities getting involved in the yearly celebration. The Day is supported by Aviva and HSBC.

This year, CSC is asking street children around the world ‘If the whole world were listening, what would you say’? They will be compiling these answers into an animation which will be released on 12th April. Through Twitter CSC will increase public awareness through #TweetfortheStreet, as well as encourage individuals to tell them ‘what would you say’ on its dedicated Facebook tab:

In 2013 CSC launched a campaign for the United Nations to officially adopt the Day, which would bring greater exposure, continuity and permanence of the issue and increase pressure on Governments to act. The petition has over 6000 signatories so far.

For more information and to show your support go to:


Doha Conference on Empowering Families: A Pathway to Development 16th and 17th April 2014 at the Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC)

Under the patronage of H.H. Sheikha Moza Bint Nasser, Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science, and Community Development, the Doha International Family Institute (DIFI) is organizing an international conference on families and their role in development. The primary goal of the conference is to highlight the contribution of families to the achievement of development goals. The "Doha Conference" will focus on the themes of confronting family poverty and social exclusion, ensuring work-family balance and advancing social integration and intergenerational solidarity. It will also discuss the role of family policies in the post 2015 development agenda.

For further information, please visit:

Symposium (Live webcast)

Supporting Families, Building a Better Tomorrow for Children:  The Role of the Social Service Workforce

April 29, 2014, 9:00am – 12:30pm EST

 National Press Club, 529 14th Street, NW, Washington, DC 20045 and by Live Webcast

Hosted by the Global Social Service Workforce Alliance and sponsored by PEPFAR/USAID and the National Association of Social Workers Foundation

The Symposium will provide a forum for practitioners, government representatives, researchers, and other experts from around the world to discuss efforts to strengthen the social service workforce and advance systems and services for children and families.

Opening Remarks by David Stanton, Director of USAID's Office of HIV and AIDS

Keynote Address by Susan Bissell, Chief of Child Protection, UNICEF

The first panel will focus on the role of the workforce in providing direct support to children and families, the second panel will address support to community-based initiatives and the third will focus on efforts to build linkages between families, communities, government and other actors within social service systems as well as actors within other allied systems. 

Find more information and register here: 

19th USA National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect   

The 19th USA National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, sponsored by the Children's Bureau Office on Child Abuse and Neglect (OCAN), will be held April 29–May 2, 2014, in New Orleans, LA. The theme for the 2014 conference is "Making Meaningful Connections." Next year's conference also will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA).  

For more information, please visit the conference website: 

2014 Applied Research and Best Practice Conference: A Researcher-Practitioner Collaborative 

April 30, 2014 – Chicago, IL

The 2014 OVC Applied Research & Best Practice Conference will unite top academic OVC researchers with leaders of faith-based NGOs serving children around the globe. Practitioners will gain exposure to incisive research and empirical data on key issues, innovations and best practices in the field.


Dr. Anita Thomas, Loyola University of Chicago, Youth Aging Out of Alternative Care

Dr. Charles Nelson, Harvard University, What Works?  A Comparison of Outcomes for Diverse Forms of OVC Care. (Title TBA) (Co-presenting with Dr. Whetten)

Dr. Charles Zeanah, Tulane University, Effects of Early Deprivation on Infant Mental Health and Attachment

Dr. David Ayuku, Moi University (Kenya), Comparison of Community-Based Care and Institutional Care (Co-presenting with Dr. Braitstein)

Dr. Jonathon Simon, Boston University, Empirical Outcomes of Faith-Based OVC Care Initiatives (Title TBA)

Dr. Julia Pryce, Loyola University of Chicago, Youth Aging Out of Alternative Care (Co-presenting with Dr. Thomas)

Dr. Kathryn Whetten, Duke University, What Works?  A Comparison of Outcomes for Diverse Forms of OVC Care. (Title TBA) (Co-presenting with Dr. Nelson)

To register please visit:

The Life Book of Children in Care across Europe

Dyanmic tools for the narration of the child's life story, which supports a sense of identity and authorship.  

Saturday 17 May 2014, 9am - 2pm.

Etsup Ecole Supérieure du Travail Social 8 villa du Parc Montsouris 75014 Paris 

To register: +33 (0)1 42 80 21 21 

 Creating a Non-Violent Future: Children's Rights and Advances in Protection from Corporal Punishment

May 23-24, 2014, the Center for the Human Rights of Children,

Loyola  University Chicago, USA

This interdisciplinary two-day forum joins in a global effort to demonstrate by way of research the destructive effects of hitting children and to develop policy measures and a multidimensional strategic action plan for the United States. The symposium plans to engage advocates, educators, scholars, students, faith/community based organizations, service providers, health care providers and policy makers in the movement to end corporal punishment both here at home and abroad.
Guests and speakers will include: Gertrud Lenzer, Susan Bitensky, Joan Durrant, Christian Pfeiffer, Marjorie Fujara, James Garbarino, Elizabeth Gershoff, George Holden and Samuel Martin.  
To learn more and register, please visit: 

The 5th Symposium on Children and HIV

The symposium Children and HIV: Start Early, Start Now–Integrated interventions for young children born into HIV-affected families will examine proactive, integrated approaches that focus on early childhood and HIV. The two-day symposium, jointly hosted by The Teresa Group, the Coalition for Children Affected by AIDS and local hosts Living Positive Victoria and Straight Arrows, will be held on July 18th and 19th, 2014 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne, Australia. It will bring together hundreds of service providers, researchers, donors, advocates, and policy leaders from around the world, presenting on the topic of integrated interventions for young children (0-6) born into HIV affected families. Delegates will share information, explore data, and build consensus about best practices and advocacy for early interventions for children and families.

Please visit the main page to read more about the symposium, registration, scholarship applications, visa information, and the conference venue.

Click here to submit your abstract for presentation at the international symposium Children and HIV: Start Early, Start Now! - Integrated interventions for young children born into HIV-affected families, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Melbourne, Australia on July 18th and 19st, 2014.

The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014)

Melbourne, Australia, 20-25th July 2014. 

The theme is Stepping up the Pace. Online registration has opened and the conference organisers have issued a call for abstractsfor original contribution to the field in the following scientific tracks:

Abstracts may be submitted through a personal conference profileuntil 6 February 2014 (23:59 CET).

 For more information about the conference and to register, please visit:

 The International Foster Care Organisation (IFCO)  2014 European+ Conference 

Waterford City, Ireland, 26-29 August 2014.

On 17 March 2014 registration for IFCO 2014 European Conference has been re-opened. Waterford City in Ireland has become an alternative location for the conference, following cancellation of the event in Kyiv, Ukraine - previously announced as IFCO 2014 hosts - due to current political and social crisis there. 

The theme of “Ensuring the Rights of the Child, and Family-based Services” chosen for the IFCO 2014 European Conference invites workshop ideas, plenary topics and attendees who envision foster care, and indeed, all alternative care as the holistic system that IFCO promotes. 

This will therefore include: 

For further information and to register, please visit: 

Child Safeguarding Conference, Cape Town, South Africa,
 3 - 5 September 2014

All organisations have a responsibility to ensure that their work, staff and operations do not put children at risk of harm. Children are put at risk of sexual, emotional or physical abuse from the staff and associates of organisations, from projects and programmes, and other business operations e.g. the use of children in communications. Over the last ten years child safeguarding measures have been implemented in many parts of Africa through support provided by donors, International and National NGOs, UNICEF and national governments but challenges still remain.

This conference is being organised by leaders in the field: Keeping Children Safe, Plan International, Save the Children, Terre des Hommes, UNICEF Nigeria, USAID and War Child. Participation is sought from across Africa and from international experts.

For further information about the conference and how to get involved, please visit:


For more information please contact Maryam Eshani: