CONTACT: CATHY CLEMONS
100 Old Public Library
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0008; fax (319) 384-0024
Registration begun for conference on social services innovation
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Registration has begun for a University of Iowa conference
on innovative programs designed to help children and their families.
Sponsored in part by the UI School of Social Work, the "Innovations in
Social Services" conference will be from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Friday,
March 14 in the Old Brick church, located at the corner of Clinton and Market
Streets. The registration fee is $65, though a reduced fee of $10 is available
on a first come, first served basis for up to 30 community residents and families.
The keynote speaker will be Lisbeth Schorr, a prominent author and national
authority on improving the lives of disadvantaged children. Schorr is a lecturer
in social medicine at Harvard University, director of the Harvard Project
on Effective Interventions and co-chair of the Aspen Institute's Roundtable
on Comprehensive Community Initiatives for Children and Families. She is author
of the 1988 book, "Within Our Reach: Breaking the Cycle of Disadvantage,"
and a forthcoming book tentatively titled, "Common Purpose: Strengthening
Families, Communities and the Civic Society."
The conference also will include a panel discussion with several Midwestern
social service organizations, including two Cedar Rapids groups, the Patch
Project and the Partnership Project: Integrating Domestic Violence into Child
Protection. Also participating will be representatives from the Children,
Youth and Families Initiative of Chicago's Chapin Hall Center for Children,
the St. Paul/Ramsey County Children's Initiative and the St. Louis Caring
Communities Programs. The afternoon schedule includes breakout sessions with
the panel participants and a final session on "Strategies for Sustaining
The conference also is sponsored by the UI-based National Resource Center
for Family Centered Practice, Linn County Decategorization, the Patch Project,
the Child and Family Policy Center, the American Humane Association and the
Edna McConnell Clark Foundation. Funding for the conference was made possible
in part by an "Innovations in American Government" award from the
John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Ford Foundation.
Materials from the participating panel groups will be available, and conference
attendees are welcome to bring materials or displays about interesting projects.
Following the conference will be a separate, and optional, dinner for alumni
of the UI School of Social Work. To receive a brochure with further information
and a registration form for the conference, contact John Zalenski at (319)335-2200
or Margaret Nelson at (319)335-1276.