2019 Children's Roundtable Summit

Building a Family First Commonwealth

On April 22-24th 2019, over 400 Judicial Officers, legal professionals and child welfare agency leaders gathered at Seven Springs PA to attend the bi-annual Pennsylvania Children’s Roundtable Summit.

The theme of the Summit was “Building a Family First Commonwealth”. The most recent passage of the Family First Prevention Act presents an opportunity to bring about significant change in court and agency practice in Pennsylvania.  In preparation for implementing this historic act, the Children’s Roundtable Summit Planning Workgroup decided to focus on the priorities needed in “Building a Family First Commonwealth”.  To be successful in Building a Family First Commonwealth, family engagement, as well as, family involvement will be key.  Therefore, each presentation included skills and tools to better involve families, kin and the larger community in the Dependency System.

To access the handouts and materials or to view segments from the presentations please click on the links below:

The Pennsylvania State Roundtable’s Congregate Care Workgroup 

Moderator: Sandra Moore, Director; Office of Children & Families in the Courts

Bridges Out of Poverty: Strategies for Professionals and Communities

Jodi Pfarr, President; J Pfarr Consulting

Substance Use Disorder and Treatment

Brian Fuehrlein, MD, PhD; Assistant Professor of Psychiatry; Director; Psychiatric Emergency Room, VA Connecticut Healthcare System


Berks County Safe Babies

Moderator: Jennifer Wallis


The Pennsylvania State Roundtable’s Family Engagement Initiative (FEI) 

Moderator: Sandra Moore, Director; Office of Children & Families in the Courts