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"Transcending Adversity"


Join us in Philadelphia June 10-12, 2015 for an outstanding three days of learning, featuring compelling Keynote Speakers, cutting-edge Plenary Panels, a variety of Workshops presented by national and international experts, and two Networking Luncheons.  Enjoy all that the beautiful University of Pennsylvania campus has to offer while attending One Child, Many Hands: A Multidisciplinary Conference on Child Welfare, the nation’s premiere multidisciplinary conference geared for child welfare practitioners, policy makers and administrators alike. The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia is serving as Lead Community Sponsor of the conference, to be held at the beautiful and historic University of Pennsylvania Law School.


Opening the conference is acclaimed author, professor, and foster parent, Cris Beam. Cris' book, To the End of June: The Intimate Life of American Foster Care, was named a New York Times Notable Book in 2013 and is a must-read for those working in the child welfare system.


We are honored to feature a reading by acclaimed poet and former local Poet Laureate Deborah Fries, whose writing in response to the Adrian Peterson case provided an authentic voice from the victim's perspective.


In keeping with this year's theme of Transcending Adversity, closing the conference will be Dr. Robert Anda, co-principal investigator and co-founder of the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACEs) for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This groundbreaking 17,000 patient study tracked the effects of child abuse and childhood trauma on health throughout the lifespan, and is clearly one of the most influential pieces of research of our time.


Our diverse Plenary Panels and Workshops each address a critical and controversial topic, and all promise to be engaging sessions. One Child, Many Hands is the only place where you will hear from those who are front and center in child welfare reform.


Take a moment to peruse the conference website to see why One Child, Many Hands is the one conference you must attend. Past participants have remarked:

“Best conference I have attended in some time.”

“I have been to multidisciplinary conferences in the past but this one was true to its mission.”

“This was a first class conference with quality speakers and workshops, I look forward to the next one.

“Great conference. Inspirational and professionally motivating.”

“This has been the best professional conference I have attended in two decades. Thank you!”

Please visit our website often for conference updates. We look forward to seeing you in June!