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2018 SWAN/IL Winter Statewide Meeting


  • Wednesday, January 17th, 2018 9:30 a.m. – Thursday, January 18th, 2018 noon


Penn Stater Conference Center

215 Innovation Blvd.
State College, Pennsylvania 16803

Event Phone

No Phone Number Available


Dear Colleagues,

The Office of Children, Youth and Families (OCYF), the Statewide Adoption and Permanency Network (SWAN) prime contractor, and the Pennsylvania Child Welfare Resource Center’s Independent Living Project (IL) are pleased to announce the agenda for the 2018 SWAN/IL Winter Statewide Meeting, which will be held January 17-18, 2018 at The Penn Stater Hotel and Conference Center in State College, Pennsylvania. SWAN affiliates are required to attend quarterly meetings.  We also invite and encourage each county children and youth agency to attend, including caseworkers, supervisors and administrators.

The morning general session of the 2018 SWAN/IL Winter Statewide is “Human Trafficking in High Definition,” presented by Dr. Marlene Carson. “Human Trafficking in High Definition” is a raw depiction of the life of exploitation. While the average age of a trafficked victim is 12–14 years old, exploitation does not discriminate against people because of their age, race or gender.  Dr. Carson is a self-described “Sur-thriver of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking” and is one of America’s foremost authorities on the subject of human trafficking. While many have a textbook knowledge of sex trafficking issues, Dr. Carson has personal experience. At age 15 she became one of the tens of thousands of girls and young adult women who are exploited daily. This powerful perspective will leave the audience with knowledge and resources to help protect and treat our children.  

In 2008 Dr. Carson founded Rahab’s Hideaway, a comprehensive residential treatment facility for sex trafficking survivors. The mission of Rahab’s Hideaway is to develop appropriate responses to meet the needs of those who have become victims of human trafficking and/or prostitution, including, but not limited to, the development of a model facility that can provide refuge and facilitate recovery. In the afternoon, Dr. Carson will facilitate a panel of Pennsylvania experts in a discussion of local efforts to combat sex trafficking. 

A matching reception will be held the evening of January 17, 2018.  County workers who represent waiting children and affiliate workers conducting child specific recruitment will share information directly with families about children waiting for permanent connections. Families will learn firsthand about the children in Pennsylvania who need permanency.

To register, click on the link below. We look forward to seeing you as we continue to network for permanency on behalf of Pennsylvania’s children.

Carrie Keiser, Supervisor
SWAN/IL Unit, Division of Programs
Department of Human Services/OCYF

Jarrod E. Leo
Senior Vice President, Finance
Diakon Lutheran Social Ministries
SWAN Prime Contractor

cc:  Brenda Lawrence, MSW, Family Design Resources, Inc. and SWAN Program Administrator

Registration is closed.  Please go to Walk-In Registration.



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