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REGISTER NOW! 30th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference


  • Wednesday, June 22nd, 2022 1:30 p.m. – Friday, June 24th, 2022 noon


Kalahari Resorts and Conventions

250 Kalahari Blvd.
Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania 18349

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The 30th Annual Pennsylvania Permanency Conference will be held June 22-24, 2022, at the Kalahari Resorts & Conventions in the Pocono Mountains. This conference provides an opportunity for families and professionals from across the child welfare system to 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 Dana Winters, Ph.D., who serves as the Rita McGinley endowed executive director of the Fred Rogers Institute at Saint Vincent College. Her keynote presentation, titled Understanding and Promoting Everyday Human Interactions, will discuss the ways that small, ordinary moments of connection fit within the complex system of challenges and opportunities that we are required to understand when serving children and families. Each simple interaction lays the groundwork for lasting developmental relationships, and at the foundation of all healthy human development is the power of human connection. Dr. Winters' presentation will explore the power we have to build connections and contribute to the positive development of those around us.

The closing keynote will be presented by Jim Donovan, M.Ed. Dr. Donovan is an assistant professor and director of the Center for Fine Arts at Saint Francis University, as well as a multi-platinum recording artist and a founding member of the band Rusted Root. His presentation, Music and Mindfulness Self-Care Strategies for Everyone will be an interactive session filled with music and practical strategies to practice calm, focus and mindfulness. As permanency professionals, we deal with stress and deadlines every day. When we add all of the global issues that surround us, we can quickly become overwhelmed. However, the art of connecting to others is critical in our work and positive connections are what allow us to help children and families achieve their goals. This session will introduce techniques that will open us up to making those connections even stronger. The active use of music-based self-care is scientifically proven to improve mood, relieve stress and increase mental focus. Everyone is welcome to come and enjoy this lively session—musical experience is not required!

The Permanency Conference offers 42 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 22 at 5:30 p.m., which honors families, youth and professionals who go above and beyond in their support of children and youth in need of permanency. Then, join us for a Family Fun Night on June 23 at 6:00 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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  • 2022 Pennsylvania Permanency Conference - Brochure [Download]


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