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Child welfare conference set for fall

The Children’s Court Improvement Program of the Wisconsin Director of State Courts Office and the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families, along with other sponsors, are co-hosting the 2015 Conference on Child Welfare and the Courts: Moving Toward a Trauma-Informed Wisconsin on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 in Wisconsin Dells.

The experience of trauma among children and families, especially those involved with the justice system, is so high as to be considered universal. These trauma experiences may seriously affect a person’s physical, mental and emotional health and ability to respond successfully to treatment and other interventions. The conference promises to be an extraordinary opportunity for judges, court commissioners, and other child welfare stakeholders to learn from experts in the field so that they may respond to children and families involved in the child welfare and court systems in a trauma-informed manner.

Attendees will be encouraged to register as part of a local multi-disciplinary team to allow an opportunity for incorporating newly acquired knowledge into concrete action plans. Additional information about the conference, including the registration link, will be provided as the event gets closer. Judicial Education and Continuing Legal Education credits will be offered for participants.

For questions about the conference, please contact Bridget Bauman, CCIP Director, at or 608-267-1958.

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