2016 HFA National Conference

The National Conference for America’s Children is the largest conference in the country focusing on family support services, home visiting, and primary prevention strategies to ensure that all children have great childhoods because children are our future.

Presented by Prevent Child Abuse America and Healthy Families America, this four-day event is the main conference serving the Healthy Families America network and is open to anyone interested in topics related to research and practice in home visiting and child abuse and neglect prevention.

This year’s conference will take place in downtown Cincinnati, OH at the historic Hilton Netherland Plaza. Registration costs $605, but act today and take advantage of our special early bird rate of $550 before it ends in September! 

Rooms at the Hilton Netherland Plaza are SOLD OUT! We were able to secure additional overflow rooms at the Renaissance Cincinnati for $179/night which includes free in-room WiFi. The hotel is a short two-block walk to the Conference. Act now before these rooms sell out as well! You can also book your hotel room over the phone by calling 1-800-228-9290 and mentioning that you are attending the 2016 National Conference for America's Children.

Meet our Keynote Speakers 

Dr. Linda Chamberlain is an internationally recognized
speaker and champion for issues related to domestic violence, children exposed to violence, brain development and trauma, and the amazing adolescent brain. 

Mary Gordon is recognized inter- nationally as a parenting expert who has created programs in- formed by the power of empathy, including the Seeds of Empathy program for children between the ages of three and five. 

Karen Pritzker is an editor, writer and film producer who has co- created Paper Tigers and Resilience. She’s also the President of Seedlings Foundation, whose mission is to support physical and mental health of families. 


The National Conference for America’s Children will feature more than 80 different workshops and panels designed to equip the modern family-serving professional, parent, or educator with the tools and resources necessary to make a difference for the families and children they serve. All of these workshops are evidence-based and informed by the latest research in their respective fields. Below are but a few of the informative and exciting sessions in store for conference attendees in Cincinnati: 

Poverty - Breaking the Iron Cage

Dr. Donna M. Beegle grew up in generational, migrant labor poverty. At this conference she will share an insider perspective on how leaders and educators can improve outcomes for stu- dents and families who live in the crisis of poverty. Participants will hear Donna’s story from GED to Doctorate and she will explore definitions of different types of poverty and how each affects different people. Additionally she will look at the impacts of poverty across race and shattering myths that keep us divided while illuminating realities of poverty to help attendees unite to make a difference.

Bringing Systems Together to Create Great Childhoods: It’s Essential

Five states received funding to implement the Essentials for Childhood Framework. This panel will include six states – some funded and others who are implementing it on their own, and at- tendees will hear from Suzanne Metcalf, Kristin Rector, LMSW, and Vicky Roper. Learn about different approaches and successes to date in developing collective impact approaches that look at collaborative, evidence-based, system-oriented and public health grounded plans.

The VIGOR: Safety Planning with Families Who Have Experienced Domestic Violence

Sherry Hamby, M.A., Ph.D., will introduce the VIGOR, a holistic, family-centered approach to safety planning with victims of domestic violence that is based on a well-established concep- tual framework for complex problems. The VIGOR encourages victims and advocates to think about other issues aside from violence, including concerns about children, financial issues, community issues, separation violence, and other factors.

Integrated Home Visitor: Strategies to Support Whole Brain Integration & Resilience

Explore research based strategies with Satya Kline, M.Ed. that build resilience and enhance visitors’ therapeutic relationship with parents. Regularly witnessing crises and trauma, while juggling increased work expectations, can cause those who work with children and families to take the focus off our most important asset - THEMSELVES! Since relationships with parents are the most powerful vehicle for change it is critical that we focus, not just on building protective factors for families, but also increasing and sustaining those for the men and women who work with them.