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Please note we are in process of updating our website. More information will be available by August 2019

Thank you for visiting the Shoulder to Shoulder conference website. We encourage you to look through the website or scroll down for General Conference Information to see if your question or request can be addressed through our website.

Shoulder to Shoulder is an all-volunteer planned conference without permanent funding sources. We rely on community partners and collaborations to operate because we know the need for quality cross-system training and dialogue is high.

Due to the nature of the collaboration our responses could be delayed, but we will try our best to respond to any question within a week.

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General Questions

Please email us if you need assistance registering a large group.

Scroll down to General Conference Information to find the answers to commonly asked questions.

Special Accommodations

Call: 503-216-4535

Scholarship Information

Additional scholarship questions can be directed to Yuko Spofford at or 503-988-4172

See our Scholarships page for more details about how to apply.

Vendor/Exhibitor Table Information

See our Sponsors page for more information about requesting a Vendor/Exhibitor table.

*Please note:
     -No refunds after 10/22/2019 for the Conference and Pre-Conference Event.
     -Payment received prior to the conference date will expedite registration on day of event.


General Conference Information


Red Lion Hotel on the River Jantzen Beach
909 N Hayden Island Drive
Portland, OR 97217

Conference Schedule

Please visit our Agenda page to view the schedule and descriptions of presentations and speakers available at this year's conference. Attendees will select which workshop to attend on the day of the conference on a first-come first-serve basis.

Scholarships Available

See our Scholarships page for more details about how to apply. If you receive a scholarship, applications will serve as your registration for the all-day conference on 10/29/2018. Scholarship request must be received by October 5, 2018. Recipients will be notified by October 12, 2018.  If you do not receive a scholarship, you will need to pay for the conference.

Certificate of Attendance - Training Hours

You do not need to sign up to receive a certificate of attendance when registering for the conference.

Foster Parents and CASA volunteers can use the Certificate of Attendance for their continuing education. Everyone who completes the survey after the conference will receive a Certificate of Attendance. Certificates of Attendance are free. If you are unsure whether the Certificate of Attendance will meet your continuing education requirements, please confirm with the person/entity that approves your continuing education.

If you need a credentialed certificate, please see the description below for Continuing Education Credits (CEUs).

Continuing Education Credits (CEU's/CLE's) - Licensed Professionals

Continuing Education Credits are available at no cost this year for social workers, attorneys and mental health professionals. Please indicate on your Registration Form that you are requesting Continuing Education Credits. Provided by Cascadia Training for Professional Development, an NBCC‐Approved Continuing Education Provider (Provider #: 6475) (recognized by NASW Oregon State Chapter). Check in at the registration desk to ensure you are signed-up to receive credits for conference attendance.

Vendors/ Exhibitor Tables

Vendor and exhibitor tables are available for the day of the conference. The tables will be located near the main ballroom, in the hallways near registration and workshop rooms. Please see our Sponsors page for more information about requesting a Vendor/Exhibitor table.

Lodging/Directions & Parking

Please see our Lodging page for more details about Lodging options.
Please see our Directions page for more details on Directions and Parking options.




Conference funding was made possible by grants from the Department of Human Services Child Welfare, federal grant funds from the Juvenile Court Improvement Program, and the Oregon Foster Parent Association. Contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the grantors.