Call for Presenters

Event Overview

Join us October 7-8, 2024 for the Children Come First Conference, the largest gathering of its kind in the state of Wisconsin, where parents, professionals, and community members convene to explore innovative approaches and solutions for supporting children and families. This year marks the 34th annual event with the theme "From Surviving to Thriving."

On this page, you can find all the information you need to submit your presentation proposal and become a valued contributor to our upcoming event. Join us in shaping a brighter future for children and families!

Benefits of Presenting

  • Network with professionals and advocates in the field.
  • Recognition: Gain exposure and recognition for your work.
  • Contribution: Join a collective effort to advance the well-being of children and families.
  • Community: Experience a supportive environment fostering open conversations and respecting diverse perspectives.
  • Complimentary Registration: Presenters receive complimentary registration for one day of the conference, granting access to all meals, sessions, and workshops.
  • Continuing Education Units (CEUs): Earn accredited CEUs by presenting, demonstrating your commitment to ongoing learning and staying current in your field.

Call for Presenters Overview

  • Call Closes: June 30, 2024, at 10:00 PM CST
  • Session Expectations: Presentations should align with the core principles of the Children Come First Conference (CCFC), focusing on innovative strategies, leadership insights, impactful success stories, and emerging trends in child and family welfare.
  • Session Formats: All presentations should be 60 minutes in duration, including time for Q&A.
  • Expertise Levels: This opportunity is open to professionals at all levels of experience.
  • 2024 Theme: Embracing the theme "From Surviving to Thriving," this year invites speakers to explore pathways for enhancing the well-being of children and families, transitioning them from mere survival to a state of flourishing.
  • Audience Profile: Children Come First Conference attracts professionals and stakeholders engaged in various aspects of child and family welfare, including mental health professionals, educators, parents, caregivers, advocates, policymakers, service providers, and researchers.

Areas of Interest

Our conference covers a wide range of topics related to children and families. Below are some areas of interest, but please feel free to propose presentations on other relevant topics.

  • Systems of Care:Presentations focused on Wisconsin’s Children’s System of Care . addressing the coordination, integration, and effectiveness of services for children and families.
  • Behavioral and Mental Health: Exploring diagnoses and strategies/treatments for promoting mental wellness and addressing social, emotional, behavioral, or mental health challenges in children.
  • Navigating Service Systems: Exploring the complex world of services, including mental health, public education, child welfare, and youth justice.
  • Approaches to Healing: Examining various therapeutic modalities and techniques for facilitating healing in children and families, including non-traditional approaches.
  • Substance Abuse in Teens: Presentations focused on preventing teen substance use, recognizing warning signs, establishing boundaries and safety measures, and available treatment options.
  • Parenting: Providing supportive resources and parenting strategies when “conventional wisdom” doesn’t work, and ideas on nurturing positive parent-child relationships.
  • Thriving in School and Community: Discuss ways to help kids with developmental or mental health challenges succeed in schools and communities.
  • School Violence: Addressing the prevention of school violence and strategies for creating safe and supportive learning environments.
  • Trauma: Examining the impact of trauma on children's development and strategies for trauma-informed care and intervention.
  • Transition to Adulthood: Exploring the options, decisions, and considerations for children when they are approaching adulthood.

Don't miss this opportunity to share your expertise and contribute to meaningful discussions at the Children Come First Conference. Submit your proposal today!