The 2018 Annual Conference is Quickly Approaching... What to Expect!

The 2018 Palmetto Association for Children and Families Annual Conference is quickly approaching!


It will be held in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina from February 28- March 2. This year’s event will host more than 200 individuals from PAFCAF member agencies, DSS, statewide partners and others in the child welfare field.


The conference will begin on Wednesday, February 28 with the Charles B. Barnett Address. Dr. Barnett was the first Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of Children's Homes and Family Services starting in 1990, before it was called PAFCAF. He served as Commissioner for the South Carolina Department of Mental Retardation and in 1988, founded Palmetto Consultant Services, a private health and human services management consultant practice. PAFCAF has named this general session and keynote speech in his honor at the Association's annual conference.


This year, Wednesday’s keynote will be given by Tina Levene, founder of Tina Talks Truth. Tina’s professional work experiences span more than 20 years in social work, drug prevention and juvenile justice. With Tina’s inspiring words, all attendees will leave this address alert and ready for the rest of the conference!


Following this address is the first breakout session. Among five of the breakout sessions throughout the conference, attendees will have a variety of topics to choose from to further their education – from topics on behavior in youth to trauma counseling. These sessions will serve as tools to further attendees’ education and skills to provide quality care for South Carolina’s children.


PAFCAF  is an endorsed sponsor of Continuing Education hours by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners. This training is approved for 5 social work continuing education hours. Training data is based on submitted attendance rosters located in the back of the session room.


Among the first breakout session, there will be an Executive Roundtable. This session is designed for Executive Directors and CEO’s of provider agencies. The focus will be on DSS contracts, Michelle H. Lawsuit and other issues facing providers.


Later on Wednesday, there will be a cocktail hour for networking and socializing amongst fellow child welfare workers, PAFCAF Board Members, conference exhibitors, and conference sponsors! Not sure who is on the Board of Directors or Conference Committee? Look for the the colored tags under attendees’ namebadges, to ask any questions you may have! During this hour, many attendees find it useful for getting to know the other PAFCAF members and leaders within the association.


Throughout all three days of conference, the exhibitors will be located in the Westminster Hall. We encourage you to walk through this hall and meet with many different exhibitors that have come to the conference. The breaks, networking hour and free time are great opportunities to explore all the great organizations that have come to support the Association in this conference.  


Immediately following happy hour will be the annual Awards Banquet! With a full dinner provided and entertainment from Miss South Carolina 2018, PAFCAF will honor several child welfare workers for their hard work and dedication to providing quality care for South Carolina’s children. This banquet is open to all and attendees are strongly encouraged to come!


The second day of conference kicks off on Thursday with the Nancy K. Perry Address in the morning. Ms. Perry began her career in 1972 as the initial house parent at "Welcome Home" in Lexington. In 1978, she was named Executive Director, a position she held until 1994. In 1992, a new shelter was constructed, and in honor of Nancy's dedicated service, it was named the "Nancy K. Perry Children's Shelter." Nancy was an Adoption Specialist with Children Unlimited, specializing in Special Needs Adoption. In addition, she served in the Office of the Governor, Continuum Care Division, as Director of Planning and Development. She also served as Executive Director of the South Carolina Association of Children's Homes and Family Services from 1994 until her death in 2007. As a tribute to her passion towards children in need, and the great respect of those who knew her, this annual address has been named in her honor.


This address will be given by Dr. Tom McIntyre, Professor & Coordinator of the graduate program in Behavior Disorders, Dept. Special Education, Hunter College of the City University of New York. Dr. McIntyre will address the challenges involved with caring for youth who have experience trauma. This keynote will leave attendees with the knowledge and skill set for supporting resilience in youth who have experienced traumatizing life events.


The breakout sessions on Thursday will be accompanied by a second general session during lunch, featuring GOALL (Go Out And Learn Life), a group of teens in foster care. This is always one of the highlights of the entire conference. These teens are inspiring! GOALL will lead a discussion on youth in foster care and aging out of foster care to help providers learn strategies to empower youth to be able to access and apply Independent Living Services and successfully transition from foster care.


Thursday evening is a free night and team dinners are strongly encouraged. Restaurants available on site at the hotel: Coastal Grill, Vintage Twelve, Cafe Amalfi and much more! If your team could not join you at conference, now’s a good time to sit down with new contacts you’ve made throughout the day! In addition to the restaurants available on site, not too many are far away — Flip Flops Bar and Grill, Bimini’s Oyster Bar, and Finn McCools.


The last day of the conference will start Friday morning with the final breakout session of the event. On this morning and Thursday, a complimentary breakfast will be provided through your stay at the hotel at Coastal Grill. After this session, all attendees will gather for the closing general session, featuring two foster parents, Gregg and Peggy Nibert, who have dedicated their lives to helping foster youth. Their perspective will leave you inspired to continue doing the great work you do everyday!


The annual conference is a great way to meet others in your field, along with furthering your education and training and enjoy your time in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina! We look forward to seeing you there!


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