Cross Sites Meeting 2018: A Healing Community: Collaboratively Supporting Individual, Family and Professional Relationships

Cross Sites Save the Date

The ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Teams, in conjunction with The Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams (QIC-CT), hosted our 12th Annual Cross Sites Meeting from August 27-30, 2018 in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Beginning in 2005, the Safe Babies Court Teams Project has hosted an annual meeting at one of our infant-toddler court team sites for child welfare professionals, judges, court personnel, service providers, community coordinators, and other stakeholders. The QIC-CT and SBCT Cross Sites Meeting provides a national learning community to share ideas and innovative approaches, learn about the latest scientific practices in the field, and discuss child welfare policies and practices for infants and toddlers and their families in the child welfare system.

The Meeting

The Cross Sites Annual Conference is a priority destination for professionals from across child welfare, legal, and behavioral health disciplines to explore approaches and strategies to promote permanency and well-being for infants, toddlers, and their families who are involved with the child welfare system.

Featured topics include: Staff Well Being, Recognizing the Dynamics of Domestic Violence, Children Need Amazing Parents, Working with Families with Substance Use Disorder, Engaging Fathers in the lives of their children, and Compassion Fatigue

The following resources include presentations and relevant materials from the Cross Sites 2018 Meeting.  Click here to view the 2018 Cross Sites Meeting Agenda. Click here to learn more about the speakers at 2018 Cross Sites.

Day One Sessions: Tuesday, August 28th

Conference Opening Session: Welcome to Asheville!

  • Presentation by Matthew Melmed, Executive Director, ZERO TO THREE

Plenary Session - Bias and Exclusion: The Impact on Babies and Families as They Enter Systems 

  • Presentation by Walter Gilliam, Director of The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and Associate Professor of Child Psychology at the Child Study Center, Yale University, School of Medicine. (no slides provided)

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Workshop #1: Supporting Staff Well-being

  • Presentation by Jodi Whiteman, former Co-Director, Professional Development and Workforce Innovations, ZERO TO THREE and Aidan Bohlander, Senior Content Specialist, Professional Development and Workforce Innovations, ZERO TO THREE 

​Workshop #2: Working with Tribal Courts and Communities

  • Presentation by Victoria Sweet, JD, MA, Assistant Director, Tribal Law & Consulting, The Whitener Group

​Workshop #3: "How Do I Talk About Racism?" Broaching Tough Topics in Client/Helper Relationships

  • Presentation by Marva L. Lewis, PhD, Associate Professor, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

​Workshop #4: Peaceful Presence: Using Mindfulness Strategies to Support Well-being and Connection

  • Presentation by Maria J. Gehl, MSW, Project Director, Mindfulness in early Childhood, ZERO TO THREE

 Day Two Sessions: Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Plenary Session - Advancing Racial Equity: Perspectives from a National, State and Local Level 

  • Presentation by Bryan Samuels, Executive Director, Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago, Carlyn Hicks, Esq., Director, Mission First Legal Aid Office, Clinical Adjunct Professor, Mississippi College School of Law, and Edwin Daye, Parent Partner, Adoptive Parent, Iowa. (no slides provided)

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Workshop #1: Meaningfully Engaging Fathers

  • Presentation by Amy Campbell-Pittz, Department of Child Services (DCS) Attorney for Infant Court, Nashville, TN

​Workshop #2: An Adult and Child Survivor-Centered Approach to Domestic Violence 

  • Presentation by Shellie Taggart, Project Director, Quality Improvement Center on Domestic Violence in Child Welfare (QIC-DVCW)

Workshop #3: Racial Equity: Learning from Implementing 

  • Presentation by  Sarah Morrison, MA, Director, Learning & Evidence, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Alex Citrin, MSW, MPP, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for the Study of Social Policy, Marva L. Lewis, PhD Associate Director, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA and Andria Peek, Community Coordinator, East Pasco County, FL

​Workshop #4: Recognizing the Dynamics of Domestic Violence

  • Presentation by Rebekah Tucci, JD, Program Manager, The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

​Plenary Session - Engaging and Supporting Father in the Lives of Their Children

  • Presentation by Sheldon Smith, Executive Director and Founder , The Dovetail Project, Chicago IL

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Workshop #1: Safe Babies Court Team: "We've Got This Court Team, Now What?"

  • Presentation by Lucy Hudson, Project Director, SBCT, Content Expert/Writer, QICITCT, ZERO TO THREE, Judy Norris, TA Specialist, QIC-ITCT, ZERO TO THREE, and  Darneshia Bell, TA Specialist, QIC-ITCT, ZERO TO THREE

​Workshop #2: Children Need Amazing Parents (CHAMPS Program)

  • Presentation by Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Youth Law Center, San Francisco, CA and Hope Cooper, Campaign Manager, CHAMPS Program

​Workshop #3: Voices from the Field: Experiences Implementing the Safe Babies Court Team (TM) Approach, Supporting Collaboration, and Child Welfare Outcomes

  • Presentation by Honorable Constance Cohen (Ret.), Juvenile Court Judge, Andria Peek, Community Coordinator, East Pasco County, FL, and Lisa Maddocks, LCSW, Community Coordinator, Hillsborough County, FL

Workshop #4: Responding to the Dynamics of Domestic Violence

  • Presentation by Rebekah Tucci, JD, Program Manager, The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ)

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Workshop #1: From Compliance to Curiosity: The Use of Coaching to Enhance Casework Practice in the Early Childhood Court Team Approach

  • Presentation by Kimberly Mann, Deputy Director, Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Office of Child Well-being, Sherri Moore, Program Director, IIlinois Early Childhood Court Team, Jason Sage, Intervention Manager, Early Childhood Court Team, and Christine Bramilla, Community Practice Coordinator, Early Childhood Court Team

Workshop #2: The 24 Carat Magic of Leveraging Relationships to Create and Sustain Early Childhood Courts Teams

  • Presentation by the Honorable Alicia Latimore, 9th Judicial Circuit Early Childhood Court, Orange County, FL, Mimi Graham, Director, FSU Center for Prevention, and Early Intervention Policy, and Carrie Toy, Senior Court Operations Consultant Office of the State Courts (no slides provided)

Workshop #3: The Importance of Infant Mental Health for Young Children, Families and Communities

  • Presentation by Joy Osofsky, PhD, Paul J, Ramsey Chair of Psychiatry and Lemann Professor of Child Welfare, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center, and Darneshia Bell Technical Assistance Specialist, QIC-ITCT, ZERO TO THREE

Workshop #4: I know I'm Not Alone, and That Matters: Understanding Interdisciplinary Collaboration Within ZERO TO THREE Safe Babies Court Teams (TM)

  • Presentation by Tina A. Ryzner, Faculty, School of Social Work, Wayne State University

​Day Three Sessions: Thursday, August 30th

WORKSHOP SESSIONS

Workshop #1: The Interconnectedness of Relationships in a System

  • Presentation by Mindy Kronenberg, PhD, IMH-E, Clinical PsychologistGiovanni Bllings, PsyD, IMH-E, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Central Florida, Kimberly Renk, PhD, Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Central Florida, Angie Hilken, PhD, LCSW, Kinder Konsulting and Parents Too Inc., and Stacey Leakey, PhD, IMH-E, Consultant , Oklahoma Association for Infant Mental Health

​Workshop #2: Neuropharmacology of Substance Abuse: The Science Behind the Frustrating Behavior

  • Presentation by Kim McGinnis, PhD, Esq., Chief Judge, Pueblo of Pojoaque tribal Court, Santa Fe, NM

Workshop #3: Family Team Meetings: Empowering Self Advocacy in Families

  • Presentation by Darneshia Bell, TA Specialist, ZERO TO THREE, and Tiffany Kell, Senior Project Manager, Safe Babies Court Teams (SBCT), ZERO TO THREE​

​Workshop #4: Strengthening Self Compassion: Practical Strategies with Impact

  • Presentation by Nancy Seibel, Founder and Principal, Keys to Change, LLC

Plenary Session - Together Anything is Possible: Transforming Child Welfare Through Engaging Families

  • Presentation by Jennifer Rodriguez, Executive Director, Youth Law Center, San Francisco, CA (no slides provided)