2024 National Title IV-E Roundtable

Call For Presentations:
Transforming Child Welfare:  The Aims and Gains of Social Movements and the Vision and Voice of Everyday Lives

We are delighted to invite you to the 2024 National Title IV-E Roundtable in beautiful Burlington, Vermont on May 21-23, 2024. The conference will be held at the Hilton Burlington Lake Champlain, and hosted by the Vermont Child Welfare Training Partnership, Department of Social Work in the College of Education and Social Services at the University of Vermont and the State of Vermont Department for Children and Families. 

These are certainly challenging times for any social service system and of course for child welfare in particular. In recent years, many different social movements have drawn attention to the bigger issues which affect us all, such as the rise in hate crimes, and the importance of “black lives matter”.   Often though, in addressing macro concerns, it is easy to lose sight of how such global movements intersect with the everyday experiences of workers, children and families, administrators and managers. The conference aims to stimulate further discussion on the concepts which arise from our conference theme, and to focus on ways in which we might be able to use our everyday knowledge of working in the child welfare system to improve the experiences for all involved.

We are officially calling for proposals for presentations. Proposals will be due by December, 5, 2023.

Following are some suggestions to guide your thinking about your proposed presentation.

It is important that the roundtable provide an opportunity for people to share their own IV-E initiatives, and especially to showcase innovative activities which perhaps challenge a more taken for granted way of doing things. For this reason we are not suggesting predetermined theme tracks for your proposals, but rather some guidelines about what you might want to draw attention to in the work you present. Your work may fit into more traditional categories, such as fiscal, educational or administrative issues, yet we would also urge you to consider how what you report in categories like these, actually addresses particular specific challenges in the child welfare system. In particular, how might our knowledge of the everyday experiences of children and families, workers, educators, managers or administrators, actually challenge and potentially transform the way we think about or do our work

Please Note:

All workshops should be 60 minutes in length and include time for participant engagement – either by prioritizing participant engagement throughout the workshop or by leaving at least 15 minute for questions at the end of your presentation. There is a limit of 3 presenters per workshop.