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2017 PAFCAF Leadership Retreat


Together, Toward Tomorrow.

Join PAFCAF at the annual leadership retreat on Thursday and Friday, June 15-16 in Columbia. Over the course of two days executives will have the opportunity to discuss the state of our child welfare system and how we can be more innovative within our system of care.  Diverse presenters will provide presentations on best practices that can improve outcomes for the children and youth in care in South Carolina  as well as tools and trainings you may want to implement in your organization.

This is a time for executives and leaders to connect, brainstorm and re-energize. We hope you will bring some or all of your staff leadership team to talk about the future of child welfare and of your own agency. 

Retreat is for PAFCAF members only. To learn more about how to become a member click here.


Wednesday, June 14

5;30 pm, Publick House (1556 Main St, Columbia): Networking/Happy Hour and dinner for anyone arriving early*
*Cost of food and beverage for this event is not included in registration.


Thursday, June 15

8:30 a.m.  Registration
9:00 a.m.  Opening: Sharing Successes
9:30 a.m. Moving Forward in Child Welfare: South Carolina's Settlement Agreement

Judy Meltzer, Deputy Director, The Center for the Study on Social Policy will join us from Washington, DC, to discuss the approach to the monitoring process, what the settlement agreement requires and outcomes from other states.

10:30 a.m. Break
10:45 a.m. Service Line Discussions: PRTFs, TFCs, Group Homes, Other
A discussion leader will guide attendees through topics important to each service line, including biggest challenges, areas of need, commonalities and best practices. We will tackle these questions:

  • What are the emerging external threats?
  • Where and what are the potential opportunities
  • What weaknesses make us vulnerable to specific threats? What can we (agencies and PAFCAF) do to prepare?
  • What are the specific opportunities for your service line?
  • What strengths can we utilize to pursue these opportunities? What role does PAFCAF play moving forward?

Noon  Lunch

1:00 p.m. Pet Therapy, Phyllis Beasley & Gideon
1:30 p.m. Professional Development Roundtables

Join various experts to learn more about accreditation, insurance, HR, nonprofit law, public relations and crisis management, payroll and more. You’ll have the chance to rotate and visit with up to three different experts.

Roundtable Speakers:

4:00 p.m. Self Care TBA
4:30 p.m. Break
5:30 p.m. Optional Networking/Happy Hour, Marriott Lobby
7:00 p.m. Capital City Club, sponsored by Relias Learning
*Cost of dinner included in registration

Friday, June 16

8:30 a.m. Annual Business Meeting
**Note schedule change from previous years
For those not attending business meeting, the regular morning session will begin at 9:30 am.

9:30 a.m.  Mindfulness, Beth Padgett, SC Bar Association
10:00 a.m.  The Face of Kinship Care Documentary

“The Face of Kinship Care” is a documentary that explores the riveting stories of four unique kinship caregivers from New York. The lives of these grandparents have been defined by the love and devotion they show to everyone around them, not only to the grandchildren they have opened their homes to. Each caregiver works everyday, around the clock, with little recognition and support, to succeed at one of the most difficult yet most important jobs in the world: parenting. Universal yet so very remarkable, the unnoticed work of these everyday heroes is finally given the spotlight it deserves. The documentary’s premier showing was on March 29, Washington D. C. at the Child Welfare League of American National Conference.

10:45 a.m. Emerging Best Practice: Future of Kinship Care

With a growing population of kids living in kinship care in South Carolina, what role do PAFCAF members play in supporting these families?  Speakers will discuss latest state kinship care data, unique needs of kinship care providers and upcoming trainings during Kinship Care month (September).

11:30 a.m. Emerging Best Practice: Family Visitation & Assessment Centers

Family Visitation and Assessment Centers are opportunities for providers to expand services and reach families. Providers in South Carolina will describe their current practice, how they coordinate with community services and considerations for those looking to create similar programs that make a difference.

12:30 p.m. Buffet Lunch 

1:30 p.m. Emerging Best Practice: Evidence-Based Community Programming

Hear from partners at Children’s Trust about recent growth and promising outcomes from Strengthening Families Program and how one PAFCAF member is implementing this new program. Learn more about the South Carolina Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy’s outreach with at-risk populations and their work with community organizations to improve teen health.

2:30 p.m.  Closing from Incoming PAFCAF Board President

Event scheduled to close at 2:30 p.m.




CLICK HERE to book your group rate for PAFCAF Executives Retreat online or call 800-593-6465 and ask for PAFCAF Executive Retreat. Hotel Deadline: May 19


Event registration - $160 per person (not per agency)

Parties will need to register each individual separately.



If you want a discounted parking pass (discounted through us), click here.




Thursday, June 15, 2017 - 8:30am to Friday, June 16, 2017 - 2:30pm

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