Children's Roundtable Summit
The Summit is an semi-annual, multidisciplinary conference that brings together juvenile dependency professionals, in teams led by the Dependency Judge and Child Welfare Administrator. Teams from Pennsylvania's 67 counties come together to learn about the latest research and best practices with regard to improving child abuse and neglect proceedings. Participants form local teams, and those teams devise action plans for improving their communities' system for handling child dependency cases. The Summit provides each county team with the opportunity to meet as a group, attend educational workshops, and refine its action plan. It allows teams to share both the successes of child dependency programs and the perspectives of children and youth who have been involved with the juvenile courts.
State Trial Court Judges Conference
The Pennsylvania STCJC occurs two times per year, once in the spring and once in the summer months. This conference convenes judges from across the Commonwealth and covers a range of topics. Beginning in February 2008, through the Court Improvement Program, a Thursday Dependency workshop was added to the STCJC. Topics have included updates on Court Improvement activities, Expedited Appellate Rules, Pennsylvania Permanency Practice Initiative, the Pennsylvania Child Dependency System Guiding Principles & Mission Statement, the CPCMS Dependency Data Tracking/Case Management System and the Pennsylvania Dependency Bench Book.