Kalahari Resorts and Conventions
250 Kalahari Blvd.
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania 18349
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The 25th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference, 25 Years Strong, will be held June 28–30, 2017, at the Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Pocono Mountains. This conference focuses on ways families and professionals from all aspects of the child welfare system can support one another and work together to achieve permanent connections for all children and youth.
This year’s conference will open with a presentation from Constance Iannetta titled “From Foster Kid to Foster Strong: Finding Resilience and Permanency Through Self-Care, Mentors and Advocacy”. Ms. Iannetta spent six years in the dependency system before aging out. Today, she advocates for child welfare and mental health issues and has provided testimony to help shape foster care legislation. She currently works at a foster care agency in the Philadelphia area and is a national director for Foster Care Alumni of America.
The closing keynote speaker, Connie Going, is a national adoption advocate and CEO of the Adoption Advocacy Center with more than 25 years of experience as a child welfare and adoption specialist. Her tireless advocacy efforts have been recognized with awards from numerous organizations such as the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute, which named her one of its National Angels in Adoption in 2012. Ms. Going garnered international awareness of adoption in 2013 when she brought 15-year-old Davion to a church to share the moving story of his search for a forever family—a search that ended when she adopted Davion herself. In her presentation, “Finding Your Lost Passion for Making Change”, Ms. Going will share lessons learned in her struggle to find families for Davion and her other adoptive son, Taylor, and her work on behalf of more than 1,000 other kids.
The Permanency Conference offers 41 workshops and institutes addressing a variety of topics regarding permanency for children and youth in out-of-home care and the families who serve them. You also won’t want to miss the recognition awards banquet on June 28 at 6 p.m., which honors families, youth and professionals who go above and beyond in their support of the permanency and well-being of waiting children and youth. Then, join us for a Family Fun Night on June 29 at 6 p.m., a delightful evening that gives everyone a chance to meet and share stories while enjoying a buffet dinner and the many forms of entertainment that the Kalahari offers.
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