The Florida Coalition for Children Foundation and the FCC Learning Community have announced the 2023 schedule of Keynote and workshop speakers for the annual Conference July 16th through 18th at the Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs. Two keynote addresses and 25 workshops will be offered to the 600+ attendees expected over the two and a half day event, and were chosen to inspire and elevate conversations about innovating measurable improvements for child and family well-being in Florida and beyond.
Two keynote speakers, well known and respected across the nation, bring their unique perspectives and philosophies to the audience of child welfare professionals and other stakeholders in attendance.
Monday’s Keynote Speaker Amelia Franck Meyer is a 34-year veteran of the child welfare field and the founder and CEO of the national non-profit, Alia. Amelia and Team Alia collaborate with parents and partners to create a national movement to keep children safe with, not from, their families. She was named one of People Magazine’s “25 Women Changing the World” in 2018 and 2020 and has a widely viewed TEDx Talk on the Human Need for Belonging.
Keynote Speaker Dr. Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD, a Professor of Neuroscience and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, will address the general session Tuesday. As a neuroscientist and board-certified pediatrician, she studies how socioeconomic inequality relates to children’s cognitive and brain development. Her work examines socioeconomic disparities in cognitive development, as well as brain structure and function, across infancy, childhood, and adolescence.
The 2023 workshop session roster was carefully created from a list of national experts as well as Florida-centered leaders in community-based care. Topics from the twenty-five session choices range from national movements like Thriving Families Safer Children, to human services workforce stability studies, to the important engagement of youth and parent/caregivers with lived expertise and more. The full roster can be found HERE.
Community Café-style roundtable discussions and strategy sessions will also take place among invited members of the child welfare field, and Florida Legislators, State University representatives, and other dignitaries will also be in attendance.
More details about the event can be found HERE.
The mission of the Florida Coalition for Children (FCC) is to advocate on behalf of Florida’s abused, abandoned, neglected, and at-risk children, and to support the agencies and individuals who work on their behalf.
The vision of the Coalition is to see a system of child welfare in Florida that is fully resourced, well-managed, and fulfills the needs of Florida’s vulnerable children and families.
With over 60 years of history in the state, FCC, which was originally called the Florida Association of Child and Family Agencies (FACFA), has grown and transformed alongside the child welfare system. In 2002, after the statewide implementation of a new community-based child welfare system, the Coalition changed its name and restructured to form an unprecedented partnership between child welfare service providers and the emerging community-based care lead agencies.
In addition to contracting with various state agencies to provide services, our members must also raise additional funds from private sources to provide programs and services to Florida’s vulnerable children.
FCC staff facilitate member collaboration and resource sharing, and alongside our members, educate state and local policymakers on the needs of Florida’s foster, adoptive and in-crisis families. Maintaining a strong presence in Tallahassee, the location of our association headquarters, FCC works with lobbyists, the legislative and executive branches, child welfare advocates, and members of the public to monitor and affect legislation relevant to our members and the children and families they serve.