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Great News! 

Registration to attend the 2019 Annual Capital Region Symposium on Adverse Childhood Experiences, Trauma and Response IS NOW OPEN!

This year's page is being brought to you by the Association for Children's Residential Centers (ACRC).

The registration page includes:

  • All information attendees need to know regarding the agenda for the day
  • Speaker information and keynote topics
  • Parking, lunch and site details
  • Information on how to apply for Continuing Education credits for Social Workers and Licensed Mental Health Clinicians.
  • An option for organizations registering multiple individuals (be advised one person can enter the page multiple times to register others)
  • An email address for any questions.

Please feel free to share this news with your colleagues!

ACEs Registration Page.

LaSalle School Website.


Location: Empire State Plaza - The Egg
Date: May 7, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM



2020 Census - NYS Complete Count Commission Hearings Annoucement!

The New York State Complete Count Commission would like to hear from you about the under-count of young children in the Census. Please attend one or more of these meetings and remind the Commission about the need to accurately count New York’s children. Also, please let members of your network know about the meetings so they can participate and share.

Here are some facts about the under-count you may want to share:

  • Children 0-4 years were under-counted in the last census at a higher rate than any other age group.
  • The estimated under-count for this group in New York State was -4.5%.
  • The reasons for this under-count are varied but often related to children’s race, ethnicity, income level and complexity of the household where they live.

Below are the dates when hearings will be conducted across the state.

March 20th, 7 PM
SUNY Sullivan
112 College Road
Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759

April 12th, 3 PM
Suffolk County Legislature - William J. Lindsay Co. Complex, William Rogers Bldg.
725 Veterans Memorial Highway
Smithtown, NY 11787

April 26th, 10 AM
Mohawk Valley Community College
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501

May 6th, 6 PM
Rockefeller Institute of Government
411 State Street
Albany, NY 12203

Location: SUNY Sullivan. 112 College Road. Loch Sheldrake, NY 12759
Date: March 20, 2019
Time: Based on location



Youth Power!’s Amplify-NY Presents 2019 Central Region Youth Leadership Forum

2019 Youth Power Leadership Forum (YLF) will be hosted in Central Region of New York. It is aim for young people ages 14-24. This forum will help Youth to speak up, build leadership and self-advocacy skills, and prepare to take on leadership roles. This forum provides opportunities to Youth and gives the next generation of leaders the tools and support they need for success.

Please join us for a FREE 4-day, 3-night fun event with interactive educational format and the support of peers along the way! It is a safe and Youth friendly environment compliment with fun activities that all can enjoy!

Date: May 18-21, 2019.

Application must be received by April 14, 2019.

Location: Holiday Inn Liverpool. Syracuse, New York
Date: May 18, 2019
Time: TBD



Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and Center on Addiction have merged

As a Parent Coach with the Partnership and a mother of a son in recovery, I understand the difficult landscape that families face. In addition to feeling shamed, blamed and judged because of the stigma of addiction in our society, families are scared, confused and don’t know where to turn for guidance or help with treatment -– if access to quality treatment is even something available to your son or daughter.

It’s an incredibly painful struggle, and one that no one should have to face alone.

Please visit here for more details about this great news.




Cultural and Linguistic Needs

We want to share information and hear feedback pertaining to Cultural and Linguistic needs from all stakeholders of the NYS public mental health system and the community at large.

Cultural competence means to be respectful and responsive to the health beliefs and practices - and cultural and linguistic needs - of diverse population groups. Developing cultural competence is also an evolving, dynamic process that takes time and occurs along a continuum (SAMHSA, 2018).

Holly Welfel
MHAST Cultural Diversity Director
(607) 771-8888 x 305

Location: Broome County Public Library, Decker Room. 185 Court St, Binghamton, NY 13901
Date: April 18, 2019
Time: 10:00 - 12:00 PM



Free Workshop Series in Central Region NY: Foundations for Leadership

AMPLIFY-NY invites parents and caregivers to participate in the Free Two-day workshop series in Central Region New York in Foundations for Leadership.

Location for the workshop will be held at the Holiday Inn Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088.

Saturday, May 18, 2019                    
11:00 am - 5:00 pm 


Tuesday, May 21, 2019
10:30 am - 3:30 pm

Location: Holiday Inn Liverpool, 441 Electronics Parkway, Liverpool, NY 13088
Date: May 18, 2019
Time: 11:00 am - 5:00 pm



Great News! Affiliation Agreement between CWLA and CWLC

To: Members and Friends of the Child Welfare League of America ( CWLA) and the Child Welfare League of Canada ( CWLA)

We are extremely pleased to announce the reenergizing of a longstanding relationship between CWLA and CWLC. Our boards of directors have agreed to a two year ( 2019 to 2021) agreement that both organizations believe will provide additional services and resources to our member organizations and that will enable the development of relationships and opportunities for shared learnings that will enhance our goal of providing quality services to children, youth and families who are vulnerable across North America. Specifically we have agreed to the following for 2019 to 2021:

1. Exchange organizational memberships at no charge to either organization-CWLA will become an associate member of CWLC and CWLC will become a supporting partner of CWLA.

2. Provide CWLA and CWLC members with access to members only content and webinars
provided that these are offered at no additional cost.

3. Provide a member discount to CWLA members who want to attend the CWLC led 2020
International Foster Care Organization Conference in Montreal Canada scheduled for
June 25-28, 2020 and provide a member discount to CWLC members who want to attend
the 2019 (and 2020) CWLANational Conference in WashingtonD.C.

4. Partner on a joint initiative to explore how CWLA's National Blueprint for Excellence in Child Welfare might be adapted to the Canadian Context.

5. Co-Edit an edition of the Child Welfare Journal on the links between poverty and child welfare.

Members of CWLA and CWLC will receive notice of opportunities to access these resources through CWLA or CWLC depending on their member affiliation.
We will evaluate the collaboration that has resulted from the agreement and discuss a broader longer term agreement based on the shared interest of our two organizations and our strategic priorities.

We both strongly support the value of shared learning across North America and will also work together to expand the opportunities for shared learning with other organizations around the world that share our commitment to improving outcomes for children and families who are vulnerable.


Christine James-Brown, CEO, CWLA and Rachel Gouin, Executive Director, CWLC




Free Self-Advocacy Training Throughout New York State

YOUTH POWER!'s New York Institute for Self-Advocacy (NYISA) is hosting FREE Regional Advocacy Trainings across the State utilizing graduates of the Institute to present from a peer perspective in their communities.  The training covers a range of topics including self advocacy, disability history, disability disclosure/strategic sharing and even provides tools for participants to create their own personalized leadership plans to reach their individual goals.  While these trainings are designed for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities, all people over the age of 14 are welcome to participate! Registration is quick and easy and can be completed by visiting  Light refreshments are served at each of these events.
Please click here to down the event flyer.  

I truly hope you consider registering for a training near you or take time to share this free opportunity with those who would benefit from this training.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact Zack Kilmer at or by calling 518-708-3808.

  • Capital District: February 21st - Albany Public Library Community Room (161 Washington Ave, Albany NY, 12210) - 5:00-7:30 P.M.
  • New York City: March 1st - Youth Communication (242 W 38th Street, New York NY, 10018) - 5:30-8:00 P.M.
  • Long Island: March 2nd - YAI (555 Washington Ave, Brentwood NY, 11717) - 4:30-7:00 P.M.
  • Central NY: March 26th - Dunham Public Library (1027, 76 Main St, Whitesboro, NY 13492) - 5:30-8:00 P.M. 
Location: Capital District: Albany Public Library Community Room
Date: February 21, 2019
Time: 5:00-7:30 P.M.



What's Great in Our State 2019


This year is no different! We plan to celebrate on Tuesday, May 7 in Albany (location to be determined).  The event program is under development and will feature workshops, awardee recognition luncheon, a keynote and other speakers, and offer an opportunity to celebrate those working hard to produce positive outcomes for children, youth, young adults and families.

The 2019 theme is Building Bridges for Change: Supporting the Mental Health of Children, Youth and Young Adults.

Stay tuned for more details on the extended format (10:00 AM-3:30PM) and additional offerings, which can be found on Facebook@ChildrensMentalHealthAwareness

Please click here for more information about the process and to download the Nomination Form.





Two Mini-Grants for Transition Programming and Practices!

The New York State Chapter of the Council for Exceptional Children, Division on Career Development and Transition, is sponsoring  two mini- grant opportunities. One is offered  in the area of professional development for early or pre-service professionals and one is offered in the area of work- based learning. This is a good opportunity for locally selected and inspired grass-roots improvement of transition programming and practices. 



Unique Transition Issues for Youth with TBI


Janet Williams, founder and president of Minds Matter, LLC and Community Works Inc, will share her experience educating and supporting children with traumatic brain injury and families of those affected by TBI.

For Registration, click here

Contact Information


Location: Webinar
Date: April 19, 2019
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

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