2021 Virtual Wells Conference

March 24th, 2021

15th Annual Wells Conference
on Child Welfare and Adoption Law

March 24, 25, 26, 2021
Theme: Child Welfare: Lessons Learned in 2020 for 2021 and beyond


3 hours each afternoon | 9 CEUs for Counselors and Social Workers | 9 CLEs for Attorneys
(CEUs for Counselors are approved; CEUs for Social Workers and CLEs for Attorneys are pending approval)

The Wells Conference on Child Welfare and Adoption Law was established in honor of N. Douglas Wells, a dedicated teacher and cherished faculty member of the Capital University Law School from 1989 through 2004. Professor Wells, whose research and teaching focused on family law, helped to establish the National Center for Adoption Law and Policy, now known as the Family and Youth Law Center.

This virtual conference will be delivered online, using the Zoom platform. Presentation handouts and the link to each day's presentations will be sent to the email address provided in the registration on the day before each conference day. To abide by licensing board requirements, FYLaw will proctor participants during the sessions, and participants will be required to keep their cameras on.

Wednesday, March 24, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Keynote: Domestic Violence Perpetrator Patterns During a Pandemic
David Mandel, MA, LPC, Safe & Together Institute

Breakout sessions by David Mandel, MA, LPC, and Heidi Rankin, MPA, Safe & Together Institute (choose two):
• Multiple Pathways to Harm: Assessing the Impact on Child and Family Functioning Should be Our First Step
• When Domestic Violence Perpetration, Substance Abuse & Mental Health Meet
• Mapping Perpetrators' Patterns: The Essential Practice Tool for Workers, Advocates, and Service Providers
• From "Failure to Protect" to Partnering with Domestic Violence Survivors: Strength-Based Practices that Keep Children Safer

Thursday, March 25, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Keynote: Building Trust: Reaching Communities of Color During COVID-19
Cory Frederick, MEd, Goodfall Consulting Services

Breakout: TIC: COVID-19 and Worker Resilience
Bobbi Beale, PsyD, Center for Innovative Practices, Case Western University

Friday, March 26, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Workshop: Ethics and Professionalism in the time of COVID
Douglas Althauser, Esq., LICDC-CS, FYLaw

These 3 hours will satisfy biennial requirements for Ethics/Professionalism for attorneys, counselors and social workers