The 2017 Regional Conferences Are Almost Here!

The 2017 Regional Conferences Are Almost Here!

By Matt Lewis | Project Specialist, Nebraska Court Improvement Project 

The 2017 Through the Eyes of the Child Regional Conferences are scheduled for October 3rd in Omaha at the University of Nebraska – Omaha’s Thompson Center and October 4th at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in North Platte. The regional conferences will run from 9:00AM until 4:00PM and all interested community stakeholders, service providers, juvenile justice and child welfare professionals, and Through the Eyes team members in the area are encouraged to attend. 

The conferences will begin with into a morning session focusing on racial equity and implicit bias, complete with speakers and presentations. During the lunch hour, Judge Lawrence Gendler of the Sarpy County Separate Juvenile Court will lead a session on building relationships with and involving the media in relation to the work of the juvenile justice and child welfare professionals. The afternoon will consist of multiple sessions including a discussion and speakers on the out-of-home placement culture in the state and efforts to stem the use of these placements; an update on the Crossover Youth Practice Model and related policies being developed as a result of CYPM implementation; a recap of the legislative session and the impact of new child welfare and juvenile justice legislation passed; and distribution of district specific data reports followed by a collaboration session for individual Through the Eyes teams to review this data and determine future projects and courses of action. 

Registration is currently slated be opened for the Through the Eyes team and judges only during the last two weeks in July. Open registration to all other interested attendees will commence in August. All registration will close on August 31. Reminders and save-the-dates will be going out regularly in the coming months with updates, schedules, speakers, and dates. Please also visit the Court Improvement Project website for continued information and updates.


If you have any questions or comments regarding the Regional Conferences, please contact Kelly Engquist.