2017 Workshop Proposals Closed
Deadline was 4/1/17

19th Annual Shoulder to Shoulder Conference
Strengthening Children and Families
Red Lion Jantzen Beach - Portland, Oregon
Monday, October 30, 2017

The Shoulder to Shoulder Conference is accepting proposals for the 19th Annual Shoulder to Shoulder Conference - 2017 in Portland, Oregon. The conference theme is "Strengthening Children and Families." We invited proposals on topics across the span of work in child welfare in relation to creating and supporting permanency.

Future proposals should include the information in the Proposal Requirements listed below. Proposals missing any of the information in the Proposal Requirements document will not be considered.

Proposal Requirements

  1. Speaker(s) Information/Qualifications
  2. Topic(s) and Relevance to Theme and Workshop Category
  3. Workshop Learning Objectives
  4. Intended Audience

Individual or panel proposals should be submitted before April 1, 2017 by email to the Conference Committee at


Workshop Categories

  1. Partnering to Protect and Support Children, Youth and Families
    (Including prevention, engagement, and safety issues)

  2. Child well-being
    (Including mental, physical, educational, developmental, family connections & support)

  3. Foster and Adoptive Parenting
    (Addressing foster and adoptive parent issues)

  4. Policy and Practice
    (Addressing new initiatives, court, best practice)

  5. Cultural and Diversity