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41st Annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Call for Proposals

The 41st Annual Governor's Conference for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect is currently accepting proposals online on the Call for Proposals page through April 24. The annual conference will take place November 1-3 in Topeka, KS at the Capitol Plaza Hotel–Maner Conference Center. The conference is an educational, networking and recognition event acknowledged as the most comprehensive conference in Kansas regarding the issues of child abuse and neglect. Kansas Children’s Service League (KCSL) along with 20+ co-sponsoring organizations and underwriters presents the conference. KCSL is committed to featuring the best speakers the field has to offer and to addressing current topics and issues throughout the conference. Proposals are requested for workshops that emphasize knowledge-sharing, skills-building, practical application and audience participation. Participant feedback indicates that interactive sessions are preferred over lecture as well as fresh topics or fresh perspectives. Sessions should focus on prevention strategies such as the Protective Factors and/or Steps to Create Safe, Stable and Nurturing Relationships as defined in the Centers for Disease Control’s Essentials for Childhood and the Kansas Department for Children and Families Tracks.

5 Protective Factors
  • Parental Resilience
  • Social Connections
  • Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development
  • Concrete Support in Times of Need
  • Nurturing and Attachment
Essentials for Childhood
  • Raise Awareness and Commitment to Promote Safe, Stable and Nurturing Relationships and Prevent Child Maltreatment
  • Use Data to Inform Actions
  • Create the Context for Healthy Children and Families through Norms Change and Programs
  • Create the Context for Healthy Children and Families through Policies
Kansas Department for Children and Families
  • Track #1 - Children are, first and foremost, protected from abuse and neglect.
  • Track #2 - Children are safely maintained in their homes whenever possible and appropriate.
  • Track #3 - Children have permanency and stability in their living situation.
  • Track #4 - Continuity of family relationships and connections is preserved for children.
  • Track #5 - Families have enhanced capacity to provide for their children’s needs.
  • Track #6 - Children receive appropriate services to meet educational needs.
  • Track #7 - Children receive adequate services to meet their physical and mental health needs.
Instructions for Submission of Proposals
  • Because of the nature of the web and type of server, you may be timed out after two hours, even if you are still active in the application, therefore it is recommended that proposals be written in a word document first then cut and pasted into the online application. Don’t worry if the application doesn’t format correctly.
  • Once you begin the application you must finish it completely or it will be lost. It is not possible to close and save an incomplete proposal.
Call for Proposal Requirements (Institutes and/or Workshops)
  • Title no more than 100 characters long. This will be used in all promotional materials. Please pick a title that correctly describes your presentation.
  • One-page proposal, 500 words or less, that describes your presentation.
  • The workshop’s educational objectives (for CEUs). These should be behaviorally stated and measurable, see examples below.
    • ✓Identify characteristics of abusers.
      ✓List factors that contribute to child abuse.
      ✓Define Mandated Reporter
  • An abbreviated description of your workshop (50 words or less) to be used in the conference program. Please be sure this provides an accurate description of what will be covered during your workshop.
  • A brief content outline.
  • A brief bibliography or list of resources used in your presentation (journals must be within the last 5 years, books within the last 10 years).
  • An abbreviated resume/CV for the primary presenter and any co-presenters.
  • A brief biography paragraph for the primary presenter.
  • Any audio-visual equipment that you need at this time. Please note presenters are required to bring their own laptop computers and possibly LCD projectors.
  • Please make sure to mark the appropriate audience level, length of presentation, and audience type when submitting the form online as well as including the presenter’s name and contact information and that of any co-presenters.
If you have any questions, please call Pamela Noble, (316) 942-4261 x1343 or email

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