Focus on Child Welfare July 26-29 @ Transforming Care for Kids Conference

Get ready for two outstanding Keynote Speakers, July 27 and July 28 @ Ohio Children's Alliance Transforming Care for Kids, 45th Annual Conference.

On July 27th we are pleased to welcome Ann Ordway, JD, PhD, NCC. Dr. Ordway was a practicing attorney for 25 years, with a practice focus on high conflict family litigation, including intimate partner violence, custody matters, and child protective services proceedings. Ann is a family mediator, child advocate, and parenting coordinator. and currently serves as Faculty, Counselor Education Department, at the University of Phoenix. Thanks to Ohio Network of Child Advocacy Centers (ONCAC) for bringing us this dynamic keynote, so thoroughly engaged in supporting professionals in child welfare. Dr. Ordway's keynote, Can You See Me Now? Understanding the Nuances of Working Effectively and Empathically with Transgender Youth, will focus on education, resources, and specific strategies related to transgender and non-binary youth. For professionals who are charged with supporting children and adolescents in the child protective services system, this keynote will also include the critical ingredients of empathy, understanding, support, and acceptance for successful professional interaction.

On July 28th we welcome Jonathan Thackeray, MD, Chief Medical Officer of Population Health for Dayton Children's Hospital. Dr. Thackeray says he chose his specialty because “so much of what I see clinically (children who have been abused and children in foster care) is preventable. We have a unique opportunity to care for children and families in new and innovative ways that affect determinants of health and prevent them from ever having to walk through our doors." His keynote address, How Pediatrics is Transforming to Address the Needs of Our Families, will include touchpoints on the integration of behavioral and physical health care, the importance of care coordination, identifying and addressing the social needs of our families in partnership with community-based organizations, and integrating community health workers into the care model. Dr. Thackeray's expertise is in improving health at the population level. Jonathan chose to work at Dayton Children's because there are tremendous opportunities to improve the lives of children and families in this region and an incredible collective vision for how to do so. He says he loves working with kids because ‘they have an innate ability to find energy and excitement in everything.’ It excites him to be a part of the work at Dayton Children's.

Join us for the full 45th Annual Conference, Transforming Care for Kids. The virtual event will open to exhibitors and attendees next week.

Don't miss the opportunity to be a part of this life-changing event. Register soon!