IL, DECEMBER 17, 1998 --Illinois Department of Children and Family
Services Director Jess McDonald today announced plans for a ninth
annual Hispanic Family Conference. This year’s conference, "Compadres
Somos Todos: Kinship, Community, and Beyond," will be held at
the Hyatt Regency Chicago December 18-19. McDonald said the conference
represents a wonderful opportunity for professional enhancement and
for participants to share their knowledge and experience.
The Hispanic Family Conference is also a forum to enjoy national and
local speakers who advocate and work with Latino children and families
in the child welfare system. This year’s keynote speakers are
Jerry Tello, author of Cara y Corazon, a training curriculum for strengthening
Latino families, and Guadalupe Lara, the former producer of the award
winning radio program, "El Grito De Mi Raza." Tello is also
the founder of the National Compadres Network, a national group fostering
positive Latino male identity development as well as Comadres y Compadres,
a youth mentoring program. Lara, the co-founder of the Michigan Standing
Committee on Multicultural Health, the Michigan Hispanic Mental Health
Association, and the Organization of Latino Social Workers, has been
recognized by numerous organizations for her work.
year’s conference, which will also include workshops that focus
on the impact of Department initiatives and policies to Latinos, is
being held in cooperation with the Second Legislative District Advisory
Committee on Human Services, the Child Care Association of Illinois,
and Northern Illinois University.