ANNUAL HISPANIC FAMILY CONFERENCE CELEBRATES
DECADE OF OPENING HEARTS AND MINDS
IL, NOVEMBER 1, 1998 -- Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
Director Jess McDonald today announced plans for the 10th annual Hispanic
Family Conference. This year's conference, "A Decade of Opening
Hearts and minds, " or "Cbriendo Corazones Fomentando Conciencia,"
will be held Nov. 19-20 at the Wyndham Hotel in Itasca.
conference is an opportunity for professional enhancement, and offers
a forum in which to hear national and local advocates who work with
Latino children in the child welfare system. This year's keynote speakers
are Juan Roberto Job, a trainer, consultant and author who has written
books and manuals for workplace diversity, ethnic recruiting and cultural
business protocol, and Ramon Nieves, DCFS Regional Administrator for
Cook Central Region.
of the conference include workshops focusing on such topics as "Exploring
Permanency for Latino Children," and "Empowering Latino Foster
Parents as Members of the Child Welfare Team." During the conference,
DCFS and the American Red Cross will have a booth available for individuals
wishing to make donations to the victims in Honduras and Nicaragua who
were devastated by Hurricane Mitch.
conference will run from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 19, and from
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Nov. 20. It is held in cooperation with the Second
Legislative District Advisory Committee on Human Services, the Child
Care Association of Illinois and Northern Illinois University. For more
information, call the DCFS Office of Latino Services at 312-814-6852.