For more information about the National Forum and registrations, please visit:                   IN our Events section you will find information on upcoming conferences, symposia, forums and CWLC sponsored events.   Calendar of Events - Visit our Calendar of Events for a complete listing of all events posted on our site. Searchable by month and year! CWLC Members may submit events for inclusion in our calendar to info@cwlc.caCWLC Achievement Awards CWLC Events CWLC Webinars      Annual General Meeting in Ottawa, March 27th 2014 1st presentation: ''Youth in Transition: A Recipe for Success'' Speakers: Bruce Rivers, Executive Director, Covenant House Toronto and Carol Howes, Director of Program, Covenant House Toronto 2nd presentation: ''How Evidence-Based Management Influences Child Welfare'' Speakers: Lesley Hill, Executive Director and Sue Gallo, Program Development and Research Manager, Batshaw Youth and Family Centres 3rd presentation: ''Optimizing Family Violence and Child Maltreatment Data, Surveillance and Information" Speakers: Joanne Lacroix, Manager, Child Maltreatment Section and Margaret Herbert, Senior Epidemiologist, Health Surveillance and Epidemiology Division, Public Health Agency of  Canada  CWLC British Columbia Round Table: Roles fo Government and Child-Serving Organizations in Keeping Kids Safe April 25, 2013 - 4:30-5:30 PM - Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver Click here for more info, and to register   UNICEF Symposium on Child Rights / Symposium UNICEF sur les droits de l'enfant Date: May 14, 2013 - May 15, 2013 Location: University of Ottawa - Ottawa, ON Click here for more info, and to register   Champions for Children and Youth 2013 B.C. Summit: A National Conference on Keeping Kids Safe and Connected April 24/25, 2013 – Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver   Summit Themes: - Behaviour modeling - Cultivating child-friendly communities - Bully proofing - Roles of government and institutions in youth safety - Needs of Aboriginal children and youth in the community   Click here for more information. Click here for conference flyer. Read the after-event Summit Report.   Brought to you by:               Call to Action: Together to Serve in French February 19/20, 2013 - Hotel Delta Meadowvale, Mississauga, ON The Summit is an opportunity for Franco-Ontarian social service professionals from fields such as child welfare, children’s mental health services, and developmental services, to come together to advance an action plan to improve access to French language services in Ontario. Francois Boileau, French Language Services Commissioner, will present the key note address.   Learning objectives: • The opportunity to gain a better understanding of the issues surrounding the provision of French language services across the province • A preliminary discussion of solutions and strategies on a local, regional and provincial level • The creation of a work plan to move forward with recommendations from Summit participant   Learn more about this event here. **  3rd National Symposium on Child & Youth Mental Health Themes: Access, Wait Times & The Role of Schools in Mental Health May 30 - June 1, 2012 Calgary, AB     SYMPOSIUM WAS A SUCCESS!   Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, C.C. spouse of the Governor General of Canada, David Johnston, brought opening greetings to this event. See full text here. Click here to view and download presentations from this event. Participants included families, educators, youth, service providers, policy and practice leaders, clinicians, researchers, and child welfare and mental health professionals. Hosted by: National Infant, Child and Youth Mental Health Consortium and School-Based Mental Health and Substance Abuse Consortium For more information, please contact us at ** Health & Wellbeing in Children, Youth and Adults with Developmental Disabilities Challenging Behaviour – The Tip of the Iceberg November 15-17, 2012 Vancouver, BC Conference Objectives:
  • To promote best practices in physical and mental health for individuals with developmental disabilities
  • Recognize the multifactorial determinants of challenging behaviour
  • Recognize the role of traumatic experiences in understanding challenging behaviour
  • Maximize health and wellbeing in order to minimize disability and improve quality of life
  • Share knowledge and common experiences with others working in the field.
For further information please, click here ** Free lecture: From Strength to Strength: Children’s and Women’s Rights over the Life Cycle March 8, 2012 @ 2:30pm EST Location: Kailash Mital Theatre, Carleton University Presented by: The Honourable Landon Pearson - Children’s Rights Advocate, Author, and Former Senator Everyone welcome Click here for more info Poster ** Free Webinar: E-Learning as an Effective Tool to Meet Training Requirements and Accreditation Standards March 8, 2012 @ 1-2pm EST Co-presented by Joanne Granek, CARF Surveyor & Leslie Mariner, SVP Business Development, Essential Learning Register here to connect remotely: ** 2012 Canadian Foster Family Association Conference Date:  May 28, 2012 - June 3, 2012 Location:  Sheraton Hotel Newfoundland, 115 Cavendish Square, St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador Joining Hands Across Canada - Walking with Children and Youth  Download Registration Package Presented by:  Canadian Foster Family Association / Newfoundland & Labrador Foster Families Association ** CWLC Webinar Retention of Foster Families: Experiences from Across Canada CWLC would like to invite you to a webinar on Wednesday, November 30, 2011 from 1:00 - 2:00pm EST. In fall 2010, Child Welfare League of Canada, in partnership with Canadian Foster Family Association, held focus groups consisting of foster parents and child welfare workers at six sites across Canada as part of the Every Child Matters project. These discussions highlighted the factors that affect the retention of foster parents in different regions of Canada. Specific themes that emerged from the discussions included: training, services and supports, and communication between foster parents and child protection departments/agencies. An overview of the findings and regional perspectives from foster parents and child welfare workers will be presented by Anna Ekins, MSW, RSW, National Coordinator for CWLS's Every Child Matters project. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO REGISTER ** CWLC Webinar Foster family recruitment: What the international research tells us CWLC would like to invite you to a webinar on Wednesday, March 23 from 2:00-3:00pm EST. Foster family recruitment is a major issue for Canadian provinces and territories. Demographic and other societal changes over the last 25 years have led to a decrease in the pool of people with both the motivation and capability to foster, while in many jurisdictions the need and demand for foster care has never been higher. With a particular focus upon research from Australia, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States, this webinar will critically explore in a very accessible way, the current research evidence on what has been found to "work” in relation to foster family recruitment. As well as examining specific recruitment methods, a strong focus of the presentation will be the research on how agencies can more broadly manage their recruitment efforts in order to ensure that they have sufficient foster families to meet the needs of their children and young people.   The webinar will be hosted by the CWLC and presented by Iain Matheson, a New-Zealand-based independent management consultant, researcher, program evaluator and doctoral candidate. As well as foster family recruitment, his professional interests include international child welfare, foster care, youth care, child welfare management, quality assurance, standards, managing demand, foster care training and monitoring, research and evaluation.   Further information on Iain can be found at: and    TO REGISTER FOR THIS WEBINAR, PLEASE CLICK HERE.   ** Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum III   The third Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum was held on March 25th and 26th, 2010 at the Oak Island Inn & Resort in Chester, Nova Scotia. The Forum was supported by CWLC, the Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare (CECW) and the governments of Atlantic Canada. The theme for this year’s ACCWF III was New Approaches and Current Research on Differential Response & Risk Management. Guest speakers at this year's event were Dr. John Fluke from the American Humane Association and Dr. Aron Shlonsky from the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto. The Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum is an important opportunity for senior child welfare staff from all four provinces to engage in a formal planning and exchange opportunity. These child welfare systems experience similar challenges, demands and opportunities. The Forum serves as an effective mechanism to learn about the developmental work as well as build working relationships across provinces. The Forum also provides an opportunity to engage other key stakeholders including universities, other government departments and community organizations in knowledge and program development.   Visit the ACCWF III webpage and download the presentations.   Second National Invitational Symposium on Child and Youth Mental Health On November 19 – 20, 2009 over 100 child and youth mental health stakeholders gathered at the Château Laurier in Ottawa for the 2nd National Invitational Symposium on Child and Youth Mental Health. Getting in the Right Door at the Right Time was the theme for a symposium that aimed to address access to mental health services for children, youth and their families.   In March 2007, the Mental Health Commission of Canada, a national body funded by the federal government arose out of recognition that Canada needed a national mental health strategy. Evergreen, a national mental health framework specific to children and youth is being developed as a guide for policy and program development. Former Senator the Honourable Michael Kirby, chair of the Mental Health Commission of Canada, stated a sentiment that has embedded itself into this initiative: the mental health of children and youth is essential to the overall well-being of Canadians. This is in light that
  • 1 in 5 youth have a mental illness
  • Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people
  • Less than 17 % of children and youth who require treatment actually receive it
  • 70 % of adults with mental illnesses experience its onset in childhood/adolescence
Every child and youth deserves equal access to health care and resources.    The 2nd National Symposium was a key step to the development and solidification of national partnerships and linkages. This National Symposium built on the existing network of partnerships focused on child and youth mental health, and progressed towards identifying next steps and plans of action that will inform Canada’s new mental health strategy.   National Invitational Symposium on Youth Illicit Substance Abuse and Justice System The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police (CACP), in association with the Coalition on Community Safety, Health and Well-being, and in particular the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA), Child Welfare League of Canada (CWLC), Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse (CCSA) and YOUCAN, along with support from Justice Canada, held another symposium, this time with a focus on substance abuse and youth justice.  The expected outcomes of the Symposium were to:
  • increase awareness in the justice community, social development sectors, governments and the public of the relationship between illicit substance abuse and youth crime and victimization;
  • help participants and Coalition members to modify their approach to working with youth who have illicit substance abuse problems; and
  • build momentum for addressing, through a holistic, multi-sectoral, long-term approach, the issues affecting youth with illicit substance abuse problems who are involved in the justice system.
Considered a success by all participants, a summation of the symposium's findings, as well as a full report of the event, is available to download. Knowledge Network (KN) Webinar Series