About the Conference
The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference was started in 2014, takes place every two years, and is a joint collaboration across the family support continuum, from prevention and public health through restoration and child welfare.
This year, the conference will be held September 19-21, 2022 in Pueblo, Colorado. As the conference approaches, conference planners will review local, state and federal guidance related to COVID-19 and take appropriate safety precautions to protect the health and safety of conference attendees.
We are excited to have such a diverse and multi-disciplinary group of professionals from all over the state joining us. It is our sincerest hope that through active participation in workshop sessions, networking, and robust discussion that each conference participant will grow in their knowledge of effective child abuse prevention strategies and protective factors that strengthen families. Throughout the conference, we will be hearing from national and statewide experts with talks focusing on one of these areas: Getting to Equitable and Anti-Racist Practice, Elevating Family and Youth Voice, Supporting Workforce Care, Collecting and Leveraging Data, Highlighting the Importance of Male Involvement, Working Together to Maximize Resources, Innovation Space, and Policy.
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we approach and do our work, and it has left many of us tired for so many different reasons. We hope that this conference will bring you new ideas and new energy for Flourishing in Times of Change. We invite you to register now and join us in September as we work together to make our state the best place possible for our children and families.
The Strengthening Colorado Families and Communities Conference is brought to you in partnership by the Colorado Department of Human Services and Illuminate Colorado.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know you have questions, and we have answers for you! If you have questions that aren't answered below, use the contact form at the bottom of this page and we'll get back to you shortly!
Is there a charge for the conference?
The registration cost for the conference is $50. You will need to secure your own transportation and hotel arrangements.
I'm presenting at the conference. How do I get my registration cost waived?
If you are presenting at the conference, please contact email@example.com so we can provide you with the correct registration steps for presenters.
Where will the conference take place?
The conference will be held at the Pueblo Convention Center (320 Central Main St, Pueblo, CO 81003).
Do I need to book my hotel room?
Yes, you will need to book your hotel room. You can find information about group blocks for the conference and call to make your reservation here.
When should I book my hotel room?
Many of the hotels offering group rates for conference attendees will close these room blocks two weeks before the conference, so we recommend booking your hotel room early.
My organization is tax-exempt. How do I get the tax removed from my hotel room?
Please reach out to the hotel you are intending to book and ask for their tax-exempt process. Each hotel has a slightly different process.
Can I book an Airbnb instead?
State and federal funds cannot be used to book an Airbnb. If you are planning to use state or federal funds to pay the cost of your lodging while at the conference, you will need to book a hotel room.
My hotel is not within walking distance. Is there parking at the convention center?
Yes, there is ample parking at no charge for conference attendees at the convention center.
Are there scholarships available for the conference, transportation and lodging?
We will have a limited number of scholarships available. If you are interested in getting more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If the conference has to take place virtually, will my registration be refunded?
Yes! As the conference approaches, conference planners will review local, state and federal guidance related to COVID-19 and take appropriate safety precautions to protect the health and safety of conference attendees. If the conference has to take place virtually, the $50 registration cost will be refunded.
What meals will be provided at the conference?
The following meals will be provided:
- Monday, September 19: Lunch
- Tuesday, September 20: Breakfast, Lunch
- Wednesday, September 21: Breakfast, Lunch
When you register, you will be able to indicate whether you need vegetarian meals, vegan meals, or have a food allergy so that we can accommodate dietary restrictions.
What is the schedule for each day?
- Monday, September 19: Sessions will begin in the mid-morning, around 10am, and will finish around 4pm. Lunch will be provided.
- Tuesday, September 20: Sessions will begin in the morning, around 9am, and will finish around 4pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
- Wednesday, September 21: Sessions will begin in the morning, around 9am, and will finish in the early afternoon. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Where do I see the schedule of breakout sessions?
The schedule of breakout sessions will be available soon and will be posted on this website. You can see descriptions of the topic areas that the breakout sessions will address here.
Do I get a certificate for attending the conference?
You will receive a certificate of attendance at the end of the conference.
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