Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State
2023 Conference – Supporting Crossover Youth Involved with Child Welfare and Juvenile Court Systems

Oct 5, 2023 – Oct 5, 2023

The Child Maltreatment Solutions Network is hosting a 1-day in-person conference at The Hintz Family Alumni Center on the University Park, Penn State Campus on Thursday, October 5!  

Nationally renowned speakers will share research and discuss policy response for "Crossover Youth," offering strategies and solutions to support youth at the intersection of child welfare and juvenile justice systems.

Presentations will be geared toward a diverse audience, including researchers, practitioners, and caseworkers, to facilitate the fastest uptake of these innovative methods.  Breakfast, lunch refreshments, will be provided.  


A virtual attendance option is available for those who are unable to attend the conference in-person.

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Child Maltreatment Solutions Network at Penn State
2021 Conference – Innovative Methods in Child Maltreatment Research

Sep 2, 2021 – Sep 3, 2021

The Innovative Methods in Child Maltreatment Research conference will be offered in-person for 2021!  Internationally renowned speakers will present pragmatic solutions to the biggest challenges in our field by reviewing the latest in innovative methods for child maltreatment over two full days at the Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel.  Presentations will be geared toward a diverse audience, including researchers, practitioners, and caseworkers, to facilitate the fastest uptake of these innovative methods.  Continuing Education Units (CEUs), as well as food and refreshments, will be available to those attending in-person.  A virtual attendance option will also be provided for those who are unable or unwilling to attend the conference in-person.

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2019 Conference – The Future of Foster Care: New Science to Address Old Problems

Sep 23, 2019 – Sep 24, 2019

The Future of Foster Care conference will focus on identifying and addressing the barriers to meaningful change and innovative policy and practice solutions to the foster care system’s most pressing challenges. Leaders from government, academia, and the non-profit sector will meet for a two day event during which speakers will elucidate key challenges and detail solutions that are currently being tested in real-world settings.

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2018 Conference – Strengthening Child Safety and Wellbeing through Integrated Data Solutions

Sep 27, 2018 – Sep 28, 2018

Over the past decade, the landscape for using data to inform child welfare system efforts has seen tremendous growth. Technological innovations have allowed for the accumulation and centralization of large datasets critical to identifying risks of child maltreatment and its negative consequences and to better target community and system response to these challenges. How can these data be leveraged to promote more effectives efforts to detect, prevent, and respond to child maltreatment? The purpose of this conference is to showcase emerging and innovative approaches in the acquisition and use of administrative data to inform the societal and governmental response to child maltreatment. This conference will highlight the use of multi-system data (or Integrative Data Systems) to conduct predictive analytics, risk monitoring, or policy and program-focused research and evaluation to inform child welfare system solutions.

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2017 Conference – Scientific synergy and innovation from Military Family and Child Welfare Contexts

Sep 27, 2017 – Sep 28, 2017

An often under-recognized aspect of the United State Military is its leadership efforts to enhance child and family well-being. Indeed, the military supports a large portfolio of programs and practices to enhance overall family health and resilience.  For instance, the military’s child development centers have been widely regarded as some of the highest quality centers in the world. In addition, the military has a large system of family advocacy efforts, including family support, new parent education, resiliency and readiness, and sexual assault prevention.

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2016 Conference – Trauma Informed Schools: How child maltreatment prevention, detection, and intervention can be integrated into the school-setting

Oct 10, 2016 – Oct 11, 2016

More than ever before, schools and teachers are called upon to identify and respond to the unique challenges of childhood trauma. The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN) estimates that one out of every four students in U.S. schools has been exposed to a traumatic event that can affect learning and/or behavior. In particular, children who experience the trauma of maltreatment often have difficulties inside and outside of the classroom. These challenges can negatively affect educational well-being and often persist over the long-term, creating unnecessary barriers to learning and independence.

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2015 Conference – New Frontiers in the Biology of Stress Maltreatment and Trauma

Sep 30, 2015 – Oct 1, 2015

Novel research in the science of stress biology has opened exciting new avenues for understanding how stress ‘gets under the skin’ providing real opportunities for translation. The fields of endocrinology/immunology, neuroscience and genomics are, independently and together, advancing knowledge that will change the way we think about how early-life stressors such as how child maltreatment and other forms of traumatic experiences become biologically embedded and can impact subsequent health, development and well-being.

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2014 Conference – Families at Risk: The Role of Parenting and Family Processes in Child Maltreatment and Intervention

May 5, 2014 – May 6, 2014

This year’s conference featured presentations by experts from around the country, including Sherry Hamby, Laura Ann McCloskey, Judith Cohen, and John Lutzker and a host of internationally known discussants. Focusing on family dynamics, speakers addressed four topics: family processes underlying child maltreatment, intergenerational transmission of maltreatment, evidence-based interventions with maltreated children and their families, and future directions in child maltreatment prevention.

2013 Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being
2013 Conference – Second Annual Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being

Sep 25, 2013 – Feb 28, 2024

About 260 child advocates from around Pennsylvania gathered at The Penn Stater Conference Center Hotel on the University Park campus on September 25 to promote the expansion of multidisciplinary investigative teams and child advocacy centers. Penn State's Second Annual Conference on Child Protection and Well-Being aimed to provide information and share expertise in developing these teams and centers specifically in counties that do not have these resources.

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2012 Conference – Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention, and Intervention

Oct 29, 2012 – Oct 30, 2012

The Child Sexual Abuse Conference: Traumatic Impact, Prevention, and Intervention brings together an impressive lineup of nationally recognized experts who are gifted in translating the results of research into the language of the layperson. Featured speakers include Elizabeth Smart and Sugar Ray Leonard, whose testimonies will address abuse, recovery, and resiliency.  The goals of the conference are to raise awareness, educate, energize, and empower all of us to move forward to better protect children.

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