2018 QPI Network National Conference Index

General Sessions:

  • Opening Session

    Donna Edwards, First Lady of the State of Louisiana, Office of the Governor
    Marketa Garner Walters, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
    Jennifer Rodgriguez, Executive Director, Youth Law Center

    • Welcome from Lousiana First Lady Donna Hutto Edwards and DCFS Secretary Marketa Garner Walters!
  • Parent Perspectives for System Change for QPI

    Carole Shauffer, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Youth Law Center
    David Brown, QPI Site Coordinator

    • This panel will give voice to the perspectives of birth parents whose children are in the child welfare system and of foster parents who are caregivers for children in that system. The session will highlight the experiences birth parents and foster parents have in being part of the child welfare system, emphasize birth parents and foster parents working together to ensure good outcomes for the children, and summarize system challenges and strategies for better supporting parent.
  • Second Morning Welcome Session

    Marketa Garner Walters, Secretary, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services
    Rhenda Hodnett, PhD, LCSW, Assistant Secretary of Child Welfare, Louisiana Department of Children and Family Services

  • Culture Clash: Bringing the Perspective of Child Development to Social Services and Family Court

    Charles Zeanah, Jr., MD, Executive Director, Tulane University Institute of Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health
    Madeleine Landrieu, Dean, Loyola University New Orleans College of Law

    • In this interactive presentation we will identify ways to incorporate learning from child development research into the juvenile courts so that the rights of all parties are respected without overlooking the wellbeing of the child.
  • Youth as Partners in System Change

    Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Youth Law Center
    Janay Eustace, Youth Advocate, Youth Law Center

    • This panel will give voice to the perspectives of current and former foster youth. This session will highlight the experiences of youth in the child welfare system, acknowledge the challenges they face, and emphasize how the system can do a better job in partnering with youth.
  • Looking Back and Planning Ahead: Reflections on 10 years of QPI

    Carole Shauffer, Senior Director, Strategic Initiatives, Youth Law Center

    • As we mark this 10 year milestone, let’s take stock of years past and envision the future for QPI. In looking back, what are you proud of? What are you excited about? In planning ahead, what are your new ideas for transforming the child welfare system? How do you plan to build on your QPI success?

Conference Workshop Videos:

  • Developing, Communicating & Living Your QPI Brand

    Heidi Foreman, Marketing and Strategy Consultant, Foreman Consulting

    • This session will show how to reframe the QPI brand to make it most useful, as well as provide strategies for communication and suggested actions that demonstrate how to live the brand.
  • The Voice of Youth in QPI

    Terry Harrak, Youth Advocate, Youth Law Center
    Jessica Rogers, Executive Director, Connections to Independence
    Haydée Cuza, Executive Director, California Youth Connection

    • This session will discuss examples of successful youth involvement in QPI sites. Participants will share strategies for engaging youth in QPI and overcoming barriers to youth involvement.
  • The Impact of Grief, Loss and Transitions on Families

    Carole Campbell Edwards, MSW, LCSW, Title IV-E Coordinator, Assistant Teaching Professor

    • This session will allow participants to explore grief and loss specific to child welfare, and focus on grief and loss family members experience as a result of providing excellent care to children. From the loss of privacy and family routines to the loss of children who are moved, foster families are impacted by grief and loss.

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