Dialog Box

Conference Program 2019
8:30am

Registration

Tea/Coffee

8:50am

Introduction

Helen Baker
Director, Adopt Change

8:55am

Welcome to Country

Aunty Dianne Kerr

9:00am

CEO Address

Renee Carter
CEO, Adopt Change

9:05am

Ministerial Address

Senator the Hon Anne Ruston
Minister for Families and
Social Services, Australian Government

9:15am


Richard Weston
CEO, SNAICC

9:45am

Government Panel
Session 1

States, Territories & Commonwealth government 
discuss their commitment to prioritising permanency

Includes the The Hon Michelle Landry MP, Assistant Minister for Children and Families, Australian Government

Facilitator: Lanai Scarr

10:25am

Government Panel
Session 2

States & Territories governments 
discuss their commitment to prioritising permanency
Facilitator: Lanai Scarr

11:05am

Morning Tea
11:35am

Perspectives from Young People

CREATE Young Consultants
Facilitator: Michelle Stacpoole

12:15am

Reference Points for Belonging: Connectedness for Lifelong Permanency

Terry Cross
National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) USA

1:15pm

Lunch
2:15pm

Stream 1
Workshop:
Supporting Stronger Futures YINGA NUGEL and Cultural Planning

Sue-Anne Hunter
Aboriginal Cultural Consultancy


Stream 2
The Permanency Amendments Longitudinal Study: Understanding the impact of legislative change to promote permanency for children entering care

Sarah Wise
Melbourne University


Stream 3
Workshop: Best Practice in Facilitating Family Time

Danielle Draper
Continuum Consulting

2:45pm

Stream 2
Presentation

Janise Mitchell
Australian Childhood Foundation

3:15pm

Afternoon tea
3:40pm


Megan Mitchell
National Children’s Commissioner, Australian Human Rights Commission

4:15pm

Lived Experience Panel

Joel De Carteret, Shellie Morris, Kaisey Hayes

Facilitator: Kerry Chikarovski

4:50m

Video Message

Margie Warrell
Author

4:55m

Closing Words

Helen Baker

5:00pm

Day 1 sessions conclude
5:00pm

Evening Event

Networking and entertainment featuring Shellie Morris.
Refreshments served

7:30pm

Evening Concludes
8:30am

Registration

Tea/Coffee

8:50am

Introduction

Helen Baker
Director, Adopt Change

8:55am

Improving Timeliness in Permanency Decisions for Children in Care

EY: Andrea Lauchs, Mark Galvin, Dr Melissa Kaltner
Department of Social Services, CREATE Foundation: Mohita Kapoor

9:35am

Contact for Fostering Family Connections and Identity: Challenges, Opportunities and Practice Development

Amy Conley Wright

10:15am

Spotlight on Victoria

Alannah Andrews, PCA Families; Samantha Hague, Foster Care Association of Victoria; Sarah Wise, University of Melbourne; Sharon Howie, OzChild.

Facilitator: Elisha Rose

10:55am

Morning Tea
11:15am

International Keynote

Harriet Ward
Honorary Research Fellow, Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education University of Oxford UK

12:15pm

Yarn Session

Facilitator: Sue Anne Hunter

12:45pm

Lunch
1:45pm

Stream 1
A case file review of sibling relationships and contact for children adopted from out of home care

Betty Luu
Institute of Open Adoption Studies


Stream 2 
Making Contact Meaningful in OOHC adoption

Deborah Willick and Elizabeth Cox
Barnardos


Stream 3 
Infant feeding in Foster Care: Experiences and education needs of Foster Carers

Dr Karleen Gribble

2:20pm

Stream 1
Treatment Foster Care Oregon, an evidence-based approach to family reunification

Oliver Hill and Robyn Jackson
OzChild


Stream 2
Meaningful cultural life story work. Connecting and celebrating cultural diversity with children from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds

Kathy Karatasas and Ghassan Noujaim
Settlement Services International (SSI)


Stream 3
Strengthening family connections in preparing for open adoption for children in NSW OOHC

Kim Nixon

2:55pm

Afternoon Tea
3:20pm

Lived Experience Panel

Lanai Scarr, Brad Murphy, Elisha Rose
Facilitator: Helen Baker

4:00pm

Closing words

Helen Baker

4:05pm

Conference Concludes

* Program details accurate at time of publishing. There may be changes to program timing and speakers. These will be updated if and when they occur.

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