IFCO 2015 World Conference Call for Papers

The upcoming IFCO World Conference “Tell Someone Who Cares” will take place in Sydney, Australia on 8-11 November 2015. The conference will foster a multi-cultural dialogue and provide an opportunity to showcase different aspects of foster, kinship and relative care both in a national Australian and global contexts. The theme/key areas of content are:

The call for abstracts is open until 12 March 2015,

the papers can be submitted via the following link.

31st International Symposium on Child Abuse
March 23-26, 2015
Huntsville, Alabama, USA 

The International Symposium on Child Abuse, hosted by the National Children’s Advocacy Center in the US, is an informative and innovative multidisciplinary conference which offers more than 130 workshops presented by internationally-recognized experts from all facets of the child maltreatment field. Professionals receive practical instruction, the latest research and information, and the opportunity to develop and enhance their skills and knowledge. This is one of the few conferences that addresses all aspects of child maltreatment, including but not limited to physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, exposure to violence, poly-victimization, exploitation, intervention, trafficking, and prevention.

For more information, and to register, please click here. 



ISCI 2015: 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators “From Welfare to Well-being: Child Indicators in Research, Policy and Practice.”
University of Cape Town, South Africa
2 – 4 September 2015
Abstract Submission Deadline: 31 March 2015 

The 5th Conference of the International Society for Child Indicators will be held on 2-4 September 2015 at the University of Cape Town. Researchers, practitioners, policy makers and child advocates from across the world will gather for three days to share and discuss the latest child indicator research methods, findings and implications for policy and interventions. The conference is hosted by the Children’s Institute, University of Cape Town, in partnership with the African Child Policy Forum, UNICEF and the Poverty & Inequality Initiative at UCT.

Call for Abstracts

Abstracts on any subject related to the processes and findings of child indicator work are welcome (qualitative research also welcome).Please submit abstracts of between 300 and 500 words (in English). The closing date for submission of abstracts is 31 March 2015.  

For more information, and to submit abstracts, please click here. 

 Family Troubles Symposium: Care and Change in Diverse Contexts
Call for Papers
16 September 2015, University of Reading, UK

This interdisciplinary symposium aims to explore family relations, care and ‘troubles’ in diverse contexts. The symposium is co-sponsored by the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) Geographies of Children, Youth and Families Research Group, the British Sociological Association (BSA) Families and Relationships Study Group, the BSA Death, Dying and Bereavement Study Group and the Association for the Study of Death and Society (ASDS). The symposium will reflect on the discourses associated with ‘family’ in different cultural and policy settings and explore the (potentially troubling or troubled) changes, caring practices, and intergenerational relations that shape family lives over time and space.

The symposium co-sponsors are looking for papers that address a diversity of caring practices, ‘troubles’ and family relations in both the global North and South and that focus on topics related to the symposium title, in relation to diverse contexts and cross-cultural perspectives.

The deadline for the submission of abstracts is 1 April 2015. For more information, please click here. 

The Abu Dhabi Seventh International Conference for Persons with Disabilities
ACCESS Abu Dhabi 2015
Promoting the Protection Rights for Persons with Disabilities
Abu Dhabi – United Arab Emirates
21st– 23rd April 2015

Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs, the main authority responsible for providing specialized services for persons with disabilities and orphans in Abu Dhabi, is pleased to announce the Seventh Abu Dhabi International Conference for Persons with Disabilities (ACCESS Abu Dhabi 2015), to be held in Abu Dhabi from 21st – 23th April 2015.

ACCESS Abu Dhabi began in 2006. During its six previous cycles it has had a direct positive impact on supporting individuals with disabilities in the local community in different areas such as, health, rehabilitation, education, family supports, and employment. Based on the success of this conference, Zayed Higher Organization for Humanitarian Care and Special Needs (ZHO) is in the process of organizing its Seventh ACCESS Abu Dhabi 2015 conference, which will highlight the best international practices in the field of CHILD PROTECTION.

For more information, please click here.

For the participation submission form, please click here 

9th ISPCAN Latin American International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect: Systems for Protecting our Children
26 - 29 April 2015 


ISPCAN, along with the Government of Mexico and the Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, is hosting the 9th Latin American International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Mexico from the 26th to the 29th of April. The conference will be organized into chaired sessions based on ten themes including: violence in school and government, virtual violence, child trafficking and sexual violence, migration, prevention and intervention in cases of family violence, and institutional measures for prevention and intervention in child abuse and neglect.

For more information, and to register, please click here.


Christian Alliance for Orphans’ Summit

April 30-May 1, 2015 - Nashville, Tennessee, USA

This event is hosted by the Christian Alliance for Orphans. Workshops at this event will include themes specifically designed for pastors, laymen, Christian orphan care non-profits, and individuals looking for more information on orphan care and ministry.

Early Registration (discounted) is open from January to February 28. Full Registration is held from March 1 -March 31 and Late Registration opens April 1.

For more information about the event, please click here. 

3rd Pan-African Conference on Parenting
21st and 22nd of April 2015
Kampala, Uganda 

The 3rd Pan African conference on parenting will have the specific theme of Positive discipline in childhood and adolescence - With special focus on behaviour modelling and positive parenting of children living with disabilities and those in special contexts in Africa. The meeting will bring together experts, representatives of national, regional and international  organizations, government officials and partners committed to strengthening families to exchange ideas and hence inform policy and practice on parenting  skilfully  in Africa.

The main objectives of the conference:

1. Create a forum to highlight the realities on positive discipline across the region by addressing knowledge, attitude and practices across the region, on positive discipline.

2. Provide a platform to share evidence-based knowledge and information to inform advocacy for actions and policies that favour children by the government and policy maker.

3. Enhance clear understanding on what parents, caregivers and agents of socialisation need to know while raising children, in order to enhance their potential to realize their aspirations

4. Collate evidence on efforts and action points to strengthen family relationships in Africa for the wellbeing of children.

Registration deadline is 20 March 2015. For more information, and to register, please click here

Save the Date: Implementing Family Care in Eastern & Southern Africa Conference 2015

10-12 June 2015, Johannesburg, South Africa

Give a Child a Family and SA Cares for Life will be holding a conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on 10-12 June 2015 focused on family care for orphans and vulnerable children in Eastern and Southern Africa. The conference will share innovative practices implemented by NGOs, CBOs and FBOs in the region. The conference will focus on discussing the importance of family care for children, how family care can be implemented, and how to ensure children’s wellbeing in family care. More information to follow.

Joint Conference of National Council For Adoption and the Joint Council on International Children’s Services - Request For Proposals

22-24 June 2015, Arlington, VA, USA

The National Council for Adoption (NCFA) and the Joint Council on International Children's Services have teamed up to launch a new conference: Putting Family First, From Family Strengthening to Adoption. The conference will be held in Arlington, VA (metro D.C.) from June 22, 2015 to June 24, 2015.

Professionals and academics in the child welfare community are invited to submit proposals to present at the Conference. Proposals are being requested for the hour-long sessions. Speakers are encouraged to include the audience and encourage discussion throughout sessions. Sessions will run in tandem with country specific Round Table Discussions.

Joint Council and NCFA are interested in proposals that empower child welfare professionals with new information and ideas that introduce attendees to creative programs that serve children and families in need. CE credits will be granted to attendees, therefore special consideration will be given to proposals that address emerging issues affecting practitioners, including sessions designed around the USG Action Plan on Children in Adversity, social justice and equality, creative family empowerment programs, global foster care services, permanent deinstitutionalization, domestic adoption programs, and the unique medical and nutritional needs of children living outside of family care. Special consideration will also be given to proposals which bridge the academic prospective and the practitioner prospective.This year's Conference will include the following tracks:

- Health/Medical Care

- Family Care First or Family, Community and System Strengthening

- Adoption

For more information on the conference, please click here

The link to the RFP form can be found here

 Psychosocial Support (PSS) Forum 2015
Love, Care and Protection from Infancy to Adolescence

1-3 September, 2015

REPSSI is hosting the 3rd annual Psychosocial Support Forum on the African continent. REPSSI invites regional and international experts in Psychosocial Support - including representatives from the regional economic blocks, national governments, civil society, academia, media and international cooperating partners - to participate in this forum.  Participants will share research and practice based evidence on the provision of PSS for children, from infancy to adolescence, and share lessons that have been learnt in the implementation of PSS interventions. An invitation to submit abstracts is also coming soon. 

Save the Date: WHO Global Campaign for Violence Prevention 7th Milestones Meeting 

22-23 September, 2015, Geneva, Switzerland

The 7th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting - hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) at its Executive Boardroom in Geneva, Switzerland - will focus on child maltreatment and youth violence, among other topics. The meeting will focus on consolidating global, regional and national efforts to strengthen violence prevention policies, programmes and laws. During the meeting, participants will make plans to increase action, political support and funding for violence prevention worldwide. Keynote speakers will include senior government policy-makers and world experts. Researchers, practitioners and advocates, as well as policy-makers and others with decision-making authority at local, regional, and global levels are invited to attend.

For more information, and to request an invitation, please click here.