October 17 – 18, 2017
Columbus, Ohio


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 Conference Program
 Location: Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin, 5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH 43017
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Join your colleagues from around Ohio on October 17 and 18 as OACCA convenes its 2017 fall conference on Foster Care Innovations.  The conference will showcase emerging best practices and innovations in the field of foster care from clinical, technology, and public policy contexts.

Leaders in the sector from Ohio and nationally will share their perspectives on these topics.  They will present innovative tools and strategies aimed at improving family and child outcomes.

Who should attend?  Directors and administrators of community agencies that have foster care programs, as well as their foster care program directors, case managers, licensing specialists, and other direct service staff.

Keynote Speakers

Keynote Presentations

Foster Care at the Crossroads: A National Perspective

Laura Boyd
Director of Public Policy, Family Focused Treatment Association, Washington, D.C.

Leadership for Innovation

Jim Mason
CEO, Beech Acres Parenting Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

Leveraging Technology to Improve the Lives of Foster Children

Sixto Cancel
Founder and CEO, Think of Us, Richmond, Virginia

Child Welfare Privatization: Lessons Learned from the Kansas Experience

Marilyn Jacobson, J.D.
Chief Financial Officer and General Counsel, KVC Health Systems

Day 1 Overview

Welcome Address
Mark Mecum, OACCA

Presentation: Leadership for Organizational Change
Jim Mason, Beech Acres Parenting Center

Presentation: Child Welfare Privatization — Lessons Learned from the Kansas Experience
Marilyn Jacobson, KVC Health Systems

1-Hour Workshop Sessions:

  • Analytics in Foster Care: Necco’s Approach

  • Transforming Parent Training: Promising New Practices in Trauma-Informed Parenting (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

  • Predictive Analytics in Child Welfare: Ohio’s Plan (ODJFS)

  • Bridges (Foster Care to 21) Implementation (Bridges Administrative Team)

  • Child Welfare Privatization: Deep Dive Into Kansas Performance-Based Contracting (KVC Health Systems)

  • Translating Research to Practice: Partnering with Treatment Parents to Improve Satisfaction and Retention (Pressley Ridge)

  • Disrupting Disruptions: What Foster Care Can Learn From eHarmony and Netflix (Foster Care Technologies)

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder Strategies in Action – A Practical Tool for Fostering Success (OCALI)

  • The Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on Child Welfare and Promising Solutions (Office of the Ohio Attorney General)

  • Youth-Centered Permanency Roundtables: Overview and Results (FYLaw and Fairfield County Protective Services)

  • A Quest for Outcomes: One Agency’s Journey (SAFY)

Day 2 Overview

Welcome Address
Mark Mecum, OACCA

Presentation: Foster Care at the Crossroads: A National Perspective
Laura Boyd, Family Focused Treatment Association

Therapeutic Approaches to Kinship Care
Kim Young, Bair Foundation

Ann Mitchell, Pressley Ridge

Presentation:  Leveraging Technology to Improve the Lives of Foster Children
Sixto Cancel, Think of Us

1-Hour Workshop Sessions:

  • Coordinating Services and Managing Care – a Panel of Ohio Medicaid Managed Care Organizations

  • Strengthening Attachment and Attunement (3-Hour Program) (A Renewed Mind Behavioral Health)

  • Serving Families and Children in a Digital Age – How Innovation Meets Child Welfare (NOAS)

  • Care Match – A New Approach to Matching and Tracking Placements (Cuyahoga County)

  • Public-Private Partnerships – Building Sustainable and Mutually Beneficial Relationships (Trumbull County Children Services and Homes for Kids)

  • Thinking Beyond 18 – Innovative Solutions to Serving Youth Aging Out of Foster Care (Lighthouse Youth and Family Services)

  • Foster Care in the Re-Designed Medicaid Managed Care Model (The Village Network)

  • HOPE Parent Partners: Supporting Parents Through Permanency (Caregiver Panel)

  • The New Crisis Nursery Model: A Two Generation Approach to Address State Priorities for Families in Crisis (Providence House)


Gallery From Previous Conference

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Venue & Accommodations

Embassy Suites Columbus-Dublin
5100 Upper Metro Place, Dublin, OH 43017

Conference guests may reserve discounted hotel sleeping rooms ($139.99/night + taxes/fees) for the nights of either October 16 and/or 17.

Reserve your room online using this link.

Event Sponsors

TIL Consulting, LLC