2021 National Conference Agenda and Session Topics

Tuesday, October 12

Time Topic Presenter
8:00 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, and Networking with Peers
9:00 a.m. Welcome Greg McNeece – President, CORE Board of Directors
9:30 a.m. Finding the Silver Lining of COVID: Engaging Families During the Pandemic Jay Garvey – Milton Hershey School
11:00 a.m. Mooseheart Model of Care Alice Daneels & Brianna Dowell – Mooseheart Child City and School
12:30 p.m. Lunch
1:15 p.m. Cottage Parent Recruitment, Training, and Retention Suzanne Wright – Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch
2:45 p.m. The Power of Shared Language Trey Oakley – Methodist Children’s Home
4:15 p.m. Adjourn

Wednesday, October 13

Time Topic Presenter
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking with Peers
8:30 a.m. A Failing System: The Inadequacy of “Best Interests of the Child” in Modern Child Welfare Dr. Michael Smith – Alabama Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries
10:00 a.m. Introduction to Legislative Change and Impacting Regulations Sean Milner – Baptist Children’s Village
11:30 a.m. Break
Noon Catherine Hershey Awards Luncheon[Optional Tour of Mooseheart Child City and School following adjournment] Gary Urwiler – Alumni and Executive Director of Mooseheart Child City and School

Thursday, October 14

Time Topic Presenter
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast and Networking with Peers
8:30 a.m. Keeping Our Children Safe Kyle Rife, Brianna Dowell, and Alice Daneels – Mooseheart Child City and School
10:00 a.m. Attachment Management Joshua Sprock – Cal Farley’s Boys Ranch
11:30 a.m. Legislative Update and Challenges Related To Residential Child Care Don Forrester – Executive Director, Coalition of Residential Excellence
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