The Children’s Justice Conference (CJC) is the largest child welfare-related conference in the Pacific Northwest and will be celebrating its 29th year this April 22 and 23 at the Spokane Convention Center. The CJC provides an opportunity for professionals across disciplines to come together to learn the latest in identifying, investigating, treatment and prosecution of child maltreatment.
“Our society is ever changing, and so are the issues around child abuse and neglect,” said Tarassa Froberg, Children’s Justice Program Manager. “This conference allows for people from all over the country, in a variety of disciplines, to come together as professionals working towards the same goal. This event allows us to share successes and center our work on children in the most effective way.”
This year’s theme is “Hope and Justice” with around 100 workshops and speakers to choose from featuring state and nationally recognized leaders, along with networking opportunities and skill development, attendees can earn continuing education credits from WA-NASW, WSBA, OSPO, and Medical CMEs.
Meet the Keynote Speakers
• After an early arrest as a pre-teen, expulsion from alternative school and a lifelong struggle with learning and behavior challenges, Hasan earned his GED among other accolades and has since been recognized for his professional and personal efforts. He has lived experience serving children, youth, and families across a continuum of care from early education to juvenile justice, child welfare, and the arts.
• In 2015 Davis founded Hasan Davis Solutions to continue his work supporting youth and families across the nation. He creates meaningful engagement, coaching, and training experiences for the amazing teams of professionals committed to youth success in justice, education, and social service environments.
Rep. Tarra Simmons, D-Bremerton
• Represents the 23rd District, which includes Bainbridge Island and the North Kitsap Peninsula.
• Co-founder of the Civil Survival Project, a program that provides legal services and advocacy for formerly incarcerated people.
• First formerly incarcerated person to hold state level elected office in Washington.
• Vice Chair of the Community Safety, Justice & Reentry Committee, and member of the Healthcare & Wellness and Appropriations committees in the Legislature.
Early bird registration for the 2024 Children’s Justice Conference opens Feb. 19, 2024, and will be $300 a person, after March 22, the rate will increase to $375.