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Thursday, January 31, 2019
Washington State Convention Center

Please mark your calendars for the upcoming 2019 NW Children’s Foundation Forum, titled Community Trauma and Child Well-Being: Trauma-Informed Care and the Future of Healing. This community event features a keynote by Dr. Shawn Ginwright, Professor of Education and African American Studies at San Francisco State University. We are also excited to announce that Seattle pediatrician and community leader Dr. Benjamin Danielson is slated to provide opening remarks.

Our 2019 Forum is a unique opportunity to bring together an extensive network of community members including direct service and health care providers, first responders, educators, researchers, child welfare experts, policymakers and others to address the evolution of trauma-informed care to include healing-centered engagement. Using the latest research blended with personal stories, this year’s Forum will focus on how children can experience trauma and healing, at not only the individual level, but also on a community level. 

We will explore how toxic environments and systems such as inequality, poverty, and racism are collectively experienced and therefore need a different approach to healing. Attendees will learn conceptual tools and practical strategies that support traumatized children, youth and the adults working with them, in a holistic and strength-based way.

Registration and day-of information coming soon!


Premier Sponsor

Thomas V. Giddens Jr. Foundation


Webstream Partner


NWCF’s 2018 Forum was a great success! There were 850 participants (600+ in person and 200+ via webstream), from a multitude of sectors within the child welfare field, to learn about infant and early childhood trauma:

Thank you for your visionary leadership for the highly successful and valuable forum. Right afterward our program leaders were action-planning on how to carve out time for reflective supervision to encourage, reinforce and deepen trauma-informed practice.

Kelly McKee, Friends of the Children

I walked in feeling like a drop in a very big, tippy bucket, but I’m leaving feeling more like part of a bigger movement for change.

Sarah Pulliam, ChildStrive

Work with children and youth who face homelessness is difficult, heart-breaking, messy and at the same time inspiring and full of miracles. Thanks to the annual Forum NWCF provides, our team receives excellent training from experts in the field.

Michelle Frets, Vine Maple Place

We have a public health crisis right now, and what NWCF does is monumental – they make science, information and networking available to a very diverse group of people. They create access to learning for many sectors and organizations by providing the Forum at a reasonable cost.

Paula Matthysse, Nexus Youth and Families

Visit our Resources web page for videos and additional Forum resources.