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23rd National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)

23rd National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN)

A Theme That Recognizes the Importance of Change

“I spent 8 or 9 months really just meeting with pretty much anyone who would ask because there's always something to be learned from a conversation. And, having really thoughtful conversations about not only what the problems are, but what the solutions are, that's also really important.”—Aysha E. Schomburg, J.D., Associate Commissioner, Children's Bureau, “Threading Equity Throughout Child Welfare” podcast

Nearly 1 year after her appointment by the Biden Administration, Commissioner Schomburg released a vision for the Children's Bureau that highly prioritizes equity in state child welfare systems, along with the following goals:

  • Develop and enhance the child welfare workforce
  • Support kinship caregivers
  • Prevent children from coming into foster care
  • Ensure youth leave care with strengthened relationships, holistic supports, and opportunities

In support of these priorities, the 23rd National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN) and the 2023 National Child Abuse Prevention Month campaign will help raise awareness about the importance of change. The theme, “Doing Things Differently: Moving From the Challenge to the Change,” emphasizes how essential it is to create a child welfare system that can overcome challenges and equitably support the nation’s diverse populations and jurisdictions.

Subscribe and stay tuned for more information about the NCCAN Learning Tracks and for new resources and outreach tools in support of National Child Abuse Prevention Month that will help you get involved in April 2023.

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