This year marks our 9th national gathering to highlight foster care innovation, honor lived experience leadership, and inspire investment in improving the well-being and life outcomes of the half-million children and young people living in foster care.
• Designed and led by foster alums — Re•Envisioning Foster Care Champions
• An opportunity to learn, inspire, and connect
• Workshops, breakout sessions, Author's Night book signing
• Open to all and including CE credits for students and professionals
Who comes to REFCA Conferences?
Social workers | Child welfare administrators
Foster care alumni | Educators and trainers
Policymakers and legislators | Foster youth and families
Foster parents and caregivers | Advocacy organizations
Researchers and academics | Community organization leaders
Counsel for Children
A few of the topics we'll cover:
• Creating Change from the Inside: working within a state agency
• Developing intentional community environments for those who’ve experienced trauma
• Integrating youth lived-experience in direct practice and advocacy
• Understanding equity in child welfare
• Post-secondary educational supports and structures for foster and adoptive youth
• Caring for brains in chaotic times
• Intersectional professionals in child welfare
Learn more about REFCA Champions on the Innovate! podcast
Podcast host Angela Tucker sits down with REFCA Champions who are inspiring a Re-Envisioning Foster Care in America, creating a culture of possibility & changing the foster care landscape.
Host Angela Tucker talks with Julie Segovia, Board Member of Children's Funding Project, about being the first person with lived experience in foster care to sit on the Board of a child welfare organization.
An inspirational leader, consultant, and COO of racial justice nonprofit Brown Hope.
Nathan Ross, 2021 REFCA Champion
Nathan works as a child welfare consultant, where he has the power to influence the policies that impact children in situations like the one he experienced. He is also a licensed therapist with a focus on trauma.