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DHS news release

November 14, 2006

Program contact: David Udlock, 971-673-2103
Media contact: Patricia Feeny, 503-945-6955

Conference brings together hundreds of child welfare experts and advocates

What: The 8th annual Shoulder to Shoulder Conference

When: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 16

Where: Oregon Convention Center
777 NE Martin Luther King Blvd.

Who: More than 50 human and social services experts will be conducting workshops on a variety of child and youth issues including immigration issues in juvenile cases, psychotropic medication for children in care, mandatory child abuse reporting, fetal alcohol syndrome, the foster parent bill of rights, sex offenders in youth serving programs, children's mental health, trauma treatment, and transitioning teens.

Details: The annual conference is expected draw more than 800 attendees including foster and adoptive parents, children's attorneys, judges, social workers, health care providers and child advocates.

This year's lunch keynote speaker is Dr. Bruce Goldberg, director of the Oregon Department of Human Services. His presentation is titled "Making a Difference."

The conference began in 1998, with just 138 participants, as a way to build stronger partnerships on behalf of children in the state's child protection system.

Sponsors include Court Appointed Special Advocate programs, Citizen Review Board, Family Foster Care Network, Oregon Foster Parent Association, Greater Metropolitan Foster Parent Association, Wraparound Oregon, Special Needs Adoption Coalition, Portland State University, Juvenile Rights Project, ARAMARK Giacometti Partners and DHS.