Conference Keynote Presenters

OPENING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Rachel Berger MD, MPH

Chief of the Division of Child Advocacy, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh

FIELD CENTER KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Prudence Beidler Carr, Esq.

Director, American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law

CLOSING KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Carol Wilson Spigner, MSW, DSW

Former Associate Commissioner for the United States Children’s Bureau

  


Conference Plenary Panels

Plenary Panel I: Implementing the Family First Prevention Services Act of 2018

Panelists: 

Tom Rawlings, MA, JD., Director, Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Daniel Heimpel, President, Fostering Media Connections

Linda Spears, MSW, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Children and Families

Plenary Panel II: Legislative Determinations in the Field of Child Welfare

Panelists: 

Frank Cervone, JD., Executive Director, Support Center for Child Advocates

Nadeem Bezar, JD, Partner, Kline and Spector

Kara Finck, JD, Professor of Law, University of Pennsylvania

Plenary Panel III: Predictive Analytics in Child Protective Services

Panelists: 

Emily Putnam-Hornstein, PhD., Associate Professor of Social Work Department of Children Youth and Families, University of Southern California

Rhema Vaithianathan, PhD, Professor of Economics; Auckland University Of Technology

Richard Berk, PhD, Professor of Criminology, University of Pennsylvania

Plenary Panel IV: Navigating the Pitfalls of the Transition to Adulthood for Vulnerable Youth

Panelists: 

Johanna Greeson, PhD, MSS, MLSP, Associate Professor of Social Work, University of Pennsylvania

Sara Jaffee, PhD, Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

John Ducoff, Esq. Chief Legal Officer, Covenant House International