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Join Daniel Memorial Institute
and NILA as we proudly present ...

The 30th Annual
National Independent Living Conference

"Growing Pains 2017"
Aug. 29 - Sept. 26, 2017
Orlando, FL

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and Hotel information.

Now in its 30th year, this conference is a must-attend event for youth service professionals, independent living professionals and youth ages 15+. Presenters include top leaders and experts in the field of independent living. The national youth conference is comprised of special sessions dedicated to the needs of youth who are currently in care. These include training sessions, workshops, panel discussions and leadership/team building activities.
Each general session and workshop will present innovative ideas on how youth can deal with life’s ever changing situations. One of the main missions of daniel is to help professionals, clients and their respective organizations establish and maintain effective Independent Living Programs.
Adults and youth are encouraged to apply to present workshops at this conference. If you are interested in the issues surrounding independent living and today's youth, this conference is for you! For more information, call or e-mail Stephanie Waugerman, Conference Coordinator at (904) 296-1055 x:1013 or swaugerman@danielkids.org.



The Fostering Connections Act
October 7, 2012 was the 4-year anniversary of the Fostering Connections Act, the most comprehensive federal reforms to child welfare policy in over a decade. To mark this important date, Casey has joined a coalition of child welfare leaders to create the Fostering Connections Resource Center website to provide nonpartisan information to states as they implement the Act. Click here to view website to check out the latest data, online tools and technical support related to this law.

How States are Implementing the Fostering Connections Act
American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) and its affiliate the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators (NAPCWA) have collected information on how states are implementing the Fostering Connections Act of 2008. In partnership with Casey Family Programs, the National Association of Public Child Welfare Administrators has surveyed all 50 states and the District of Columbia on their implementation of Fostering Connections. . Click here for more information.



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The purpose of NILA is to provide a national network for sharing information from a grassroots level.

We provide technical assistance, youth advocacy, and support mechanisms to assist professionals working with foster care and promising youth who are making the transition into adulthood.



Cathy Turner
Independent Living Coordinator for Project Prepare
Daniel Memorial, Inc.
Jacksonville FL.

Cathy Turner has worked for Daniel Memorial for over 19 years. She is currently the I.L Coordinator for Project Prepare. Project Prepare is an independent living program serving homeless youth, ages 16-21. Services consist of a three to six month residency at the Independent Village, mental health counseling, independent living skills instruction, and up to two years of case management. The goal of the program is to transition each youth from a state of homelessness to that of economic independence.
Cathy is an illustration of effective youth care work. She is creative and responsive to the needs of the young people and families she works with. Cathy is always looking for opportunities to promote insight and learning. She is a strong advocate for young people and families, and builds positive relationships with them. Many young people that Cathy has worked with still maintain contact with her years after leaving the program. Here are some comments from her past clients:

Her outgoing and compassionate nature is an immediate attraction.

She’s a fabulous person who really understands and cares.

Cathy is very understanding, supportive, and a great role model!

Cathy’s ability to problem solve crisis situations, her energy and willingness to be a team player and her human touch makes her an invaluable asset to us and all the youth she has touched over the years.

Thanks Cathy,
for helping our most vulnerable
and valuable population . . .
its youth.

Their tomorrow will be
better because of you!

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