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November 2003Vol. 4, No. 9Conferences

The National Center on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare, a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration's Center for Substance Abuse Treatment and the Administration on Children, Youth and Families' Children's Bureau is holding its first National Conference on Substance Abuse and Child Welfare on July 14 and 15, 2004, in Baltimore, MD. Proposals are being sought for workshops and symposia that will address policy and programmatic issues related to working with children and families who are affected by substance abuse and involved in the child welfare and dependency court systems. Submissions are encouraged from front-line practitioners and administrators of child welfare and substance abuse services and the dependency court, as well as policy makers and researchers. Proposals are due by December 5, 2003. For more information and to submit a workshop proposal, visit

Upcoming national conferences on adoption and child welfare through February 2004 include:

December 2003

  • First Annual Trauma Treatment Clinic (American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children; December 1 through 5, Lahaina, HI)
  • Zero to Three's 18th National Training Institute (December 5 through 7, New Orleans, LA)
  • Putting it Together Seminar (Independent Living Resources, Inc.; December 9 through 12, San Diego, CA)

January 2004

  • 18th Annual San Diego Conference on Child and Family Maltreatment (Chadwick Center for Children and Families; January 26 through 30, San Diego, CA)

February 2004

  • National Network for Youth Symposium 2004 (February 22 through 25, Washington, DC)
  • "Children 2004: Vision, Action, Results" (Child Welfare League of America; February 23 through 25, Washington, DC)
  • "A System of Care for Children's Mental Health: Expanding the Research Base" (Research and Training Center for Children's Mental Health; February 29 through March 3, Tampa, FL)

Further details about national and regional adoption and child welfare conferences can be found in the Conference Calendar on Child Welfare Information Gateway: