Join Family Education & Support Services for the 2nd Annual

Strengthening Families Conference

Washington State’s premier family support training conference!

Cost: Early Bird Registration $45
Conference Overview

The Strengthening Families Conference provides an opportunity to discover the latest research, best practices and tools for parents, kinship and foster caregivers, prevention specialists, social workers, child welfare professionals (children’s protective services, foster, adoption), juvenile justice services, physicians, nurses, mental health and other medical professionals, attorneys, law enforcement, child advocacy professionals and educators. The 2021 Virtual Conference is open to anyone who is interested in the health and well-being of children, youth and families.

Continuing Education Units, Clock hours and STARS Credit are available.



Early Bird Registration (Opens Late-June 2021)  $45

General Registration  (Opens September 2021) $50

No refunds are allowed. All individuals who complete the registration process agree to pay Family Education & Support Services the full registration fee, even if they are unable to attend the conference.

Conference Workshops

Experts will share cutting edge information on a broad range of topics of great relevance for families, parent education, early childhood, home visiting, family support, and other human service professionals who support children and families.

Strengthening Families Protective Factor Framework

Across the country, family support, early education and care programs are using the Strengthening Families approach to build five protective factors in families:

  • Parental resilience
  • Social connections
  • Knowledge of parenting and child development
  • Concrete support in times of need
  • Social and emotional competence in children

Research shows that when these five Protective Factors are robust in families, the likelihood of child abuse and neglect is decreased and the optimal development of children and families is increased.

This conference provides information, skills, and strategies to help families and family support, early education and care, and other human service programs enhance the development of these important Protective Factors in the families they serve.

Why a Virtual Conference?

With health and safety in mind, we’ve made the decision to keep this year’s  Strengthening Families Conference as an all-virtual event. It is our goal to provide a high-quality, affordable conference with current, research-based resources, ideas and strategies in the fields of family support and education.

We are committed to providing cutting edge research and implementation strategies to help you in your important work with families. We are dedicated to being responsive, adaptive, and resilient.

Essentially, a virtual conference is much like an in-person conference, but you can connect to it right from the comfort of your home, office, or favorite coffee shop. All you need is a computer and internet connection to attend the Virtual Strengthening Families Conference.

Registration Open Now!

Registration open now to virtually attend the 2021 Strengthening Families Conference, scheduled for September 24, 2021.

Partners & Sponsors

these awesome organizations and companies support us

South Puget Sound Community College
Child Care Action Council
South Puget Sound Community College