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2017 SWAN/IL Summer Statewide Meeting - REGISTER NOW!


  • Tuesday, June 27th, 2017 9 a.m. – Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 noon


Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

250 Kalahari Blvd.
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania 18349

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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 are pleased to announce the agenda for the 2017 SWAN/Independent Living (IL) Summer Statewide Meeting, which will be held June 27–28, 2017, at Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in Pocono Manor, 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 2017 SWAN/IL Summer Statewide is “Mindfulness Self-Care Strategies Using Rhythm and Sound for the ‘Non-Musician’”, presented by Jim Donovan, M.Ed.  This will be an energizing and enjoyable program of practical strategies to elicit calm mental focus and mindfulness, ­especially during the most challenging times.  The active use of rhythm is scientifically proven to improve your mood, relieve stress, increase mental focus and support social connections.  Musical experience is not required.  Beginners are welcome, and instruments will be provided.

Jim Donovan M.Ed., leader of the rock band Sun King Warriors and an assistant professor at Saint Francis University, is an inspirational performer and educator who believes in the power of music to bring people together.  In the past three decades, Donovan has performed thousands of concerts and learning events across the U.S. and Europe.  As a performer, Donovan writes and records with Sun King Warriors.  As an educator, he brings his motivating brand of open-hearted, big energy to every event he leads. 

Donovan got his start as a founding member of platinum-selling '90s band Rusted Root, where he co-wrote and performed “Send Me on My Way”, a song whose unforgettable whistle has been featured in many television shows and films, including Matilda and Ice Age.  Donovan is the author of the book Drum Circle Leadership and regularly offers training to organizations on using group music making to support wellness and social connections.

Following the general session, we are pleased to offer a comprehensive agenda of six concurrent sessions. In addition, six different concurrent sessions will be offered on the morning of June 28, 2017.  Please review the session descriptions accompanying the registration form.

A matching reception will be held the evening of June 27, 2017.  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.

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 and SWAN Program Administrator



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  • 2017 SWAN/IL Summer Statewide - Registration Form [Download]
  • 2017 SWAN/IL Summer Statewide - Agenda [Download]


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