2023 Virtual Summit

Building Belonging: 

Uplifting Children Who are Homeless, Foster-Involved, or Undocumented

Online // June 28 - 29, 2023

$295 for full access and on-demand

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Building Belonging Together

Are you ready for a motivating online experience exploring real-world strategies you can use to shore up youth weathering the loss of home?

At the 2023 Summit, we’ll learn from experts about what we can do to support children from birth to age 18 who are homeless, undocumented, or involved in the foster system. We’ll introduce frameworks, share strategies, and hear directly from individuals who have survived such loss first-hand.

You’ll leave with skills, competencies, and a community of caregivers for the children you serve.

Join Us Online for the 2023 Summit

Wednesday, June 28 - Thursday, June 29

Attend 15+ sessions, choose one of four curated workshop tracks, and make meaningful connections with others who are doing the crucial work of building belonging for youth.

$295 for full access and on-demand

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Summit attendees can receive 10+ continuing education credits available for the following positions: Psychologists, LMFT, LCSW, LPPC, LEP, RN, Group Home Professionals

Many states accept California credits. Please check with your state board for reciprocity requirements. For questions about CE requirements, please contact [email protected].

Join us and your colleagues in gaining the tools to build belonging.

D'Shawna Johnson-Moore

Osseo Area Schools, Minnesota

"The entire Summit was really well done and allowed me to attend from a completely different state. It was all so very powerful."

What to Expect

The 2023 Hanna Institute Summit will engage, challenge and equip you with new tools in dynamic discussions and real-world lessons. It will introduce you to new ideas to re-energize your work, and connect you with people who understand your obstacles and can offer support and solidarity.

Keynote Speaker Info

Ingrid Cockhren

CEO PACES Connection, Adjunct Professor & Community Change Agent

Jose Antonio Vargas

New York Times Best-Selling Author: Dear America, Journalist, Filmmaker, & Immigration Rights Activist

2023 Workshop Tracks

Speakers and presenters will provide support in workshop tracks across professions and disciplines: 

Early Childhood Educators: Explore the impact of family separation, removal from the home, and housing instability on young children. Learn specialized frameworks for educating and empowering families and caregivers with unaddressed trauma and ongoing housing instability. Gain tangible skills and activities to utilize to support young children’s safety, regulation, and health.

K-12 Educators & Staff: Explore the stress and adversity experienced by children who are homeless, undocumented, or foster involved, and increased risk of trafficking and substance use. Learn tools to assess and identify services, engagement strategies to encourage utilization, and approaches to building safety, belonging, and regulation. 

Social/ Community Services and Residential Care Providers: A focus on complex trauma will offer targeted approaches for youth experiencing homelessness, or living in group homes, residential treatment centers, or foster homes. Learn approaches for supporting unaccompanied minors in residential care or receiving community services, with a significant focus on compounding stress or racial, ancestral and generational trauma.

Mental & Behavioral Health Providers: Explore evidence-based interventions and culturally-responsive approaches rooted in both clinical and community models of care. Learn tools and frameworks to guide clinical decision making and interventions based on the unique lived experiences and trauma exposures.

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Joy Thomas

ACE Resource Network

"I loved the involvement of a variety of voices - local & global, young innovators & seasoned experts - & the depths explored by the speakers & their topics."

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