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2024 Kansas Child Welfare Summit

Working together to create lasting improvement in child welfare.

About the summit

The 2024 Child Welfare Summit is a call to state and local leaders and child welfare justice partners to assemble for the purpose of working together to create lasting improvement in child welfare.

Child Welfare Summit flyer

Justice Melissa Standridge wrote about the summit in a recent article Published in the Kansas Bar Journal, Fostering Hope in Child Welfare: Working Together to Create Lasting Improvements for Children and Families in Kansas.
The summit will feature the latest expert knowledge, as well as activities designed to build collaborative networks between the various roles in the child welfare process.
Presenters and activities will focus on practical steps child welfare partners can take to prevent unnecessary involvement in the child welfare system, improve the current permanency process, and empower Kansas families, youth, and young adults involved in state custody. It will also feature voices with lived expertise with the child welfare system. 
The summit’s success depends on wholehearted participation by people committed to working together toward this shared goal. We will have capacity for local teams and partners to attend in person. We also have capacity for up to 1,000 people to participate virtually.

Who should attend

The summit is open to anyone invested in child welfare. Judicial districts are assembling local teams to represent Kansas communities. Team members will represent various child welfare roles, including:

  • child in need of care judges

  • guardians ad litem

  • parent attorneys

  • prosecutors

  • Department for Children and Families staff

  • Department for Children and Families local case management and provider staff

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates staff

  • citizen review board staff

  • law enforcement

  • legislators

  • tribes

  • Department on Aging and Disability Services

When and where

Mark your calendar and plan to join us for this hybrid in-person and virtual summit. 

Day 1
8:30 a.m. to 5:05 p.m.
April 15

Day 2
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
April 16

Day 2: Legal ethics sessions
2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m.
3:05 p.m. to 3:55 p.m.
April 16

Townsite Avenue Ballroom
Townsite Tower, First Floor
534 Kansas Ave.
Topeka, KS 66603


We will send emails to announce registration. Sign up for announcements.

  • Febraury 13. Registration closes for teams and other important partners.

  • March 1. Registration opens for all other participants.  

  • April 3. Registration closes. 


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ADA accommodation  

Any person with a disability who requires accommodation to participate in this event should notify the judicial branch ADA coordinator as early as possible, preferably 10 working days before the meeting date:   
ADA Coordinator    
TTY at 711  

Summit organizers

Organizers include the three branches of state government with representation from the following: 

  • Kansas judicial branch

  • Kansas legislative branch

  • Kansas Department for Children and Families and their grantees

  • Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services

  • Court Appointed Special Advocates

  • Kansas State Department of Education

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