NWCF is harnessing the power of collaboration to end the intergenerational cycle of child abuse, neglect, and trauma – providing more opportunities for dedicated people to join hands and finds solutions together.


Our 2022 Forum brought together over 1,200 attendees in the child welfare sector. Information on our 2023 Forum coming soon!



Kandace Thomas, MPP, PhD
We are thrilled to present Dr. Kandace Thomas as a featured speaker for the 2022 NW Children’s Foundation Forum. Passionately committed to her work at the intersection of research, policy, and practice in the field of early childhood and infant mental health, her focus is squarely on racial and social justice. Dr. Thomas is nationally recognized for her innovative work in child development, diversity-informed practice and mindfulness. She brings an array of strength- and community-based research and practices to support children and families ‒ and those who work with them.

Dr. Thomas shines the light on the concept of “buffering” intergenerational trauma, expanding on the perspective that trauma and wisdom are imprinted from one generation to the next. She describes trauma that happens outside as well as inside the home – and how trauma can also be created and shaped by society, impacting segments of our population disproportionately. Sharing her newest research along with easy-to-implement techniques that benefit all of us, Dr. Thomas’s approach to healing is refreshing, practical and holistic.

Opening Remarks and Panel moderation:

Benjamin Danielson, MD

Dr. Danielson, fierce community and child advocate, will speak to the strengths and abundance – too often ignored – that are intrinsic to communities. His keen ability to look deeply and provide context for our current experience is always inspiring. He will be joined by a multicultural panel of leaders in a dynamic conversation about community-based resilience and practices. 


Shivon Brite (Nakota), MBA
Executive Vice President, Empire Health Foundation
Healing Together: Indigenous Wisdoms and Practices

Keoki Kauanoe
Fatherhood Engagement Director, Family Education & Support Services
Reimagining the Fatherhood Narrative: The Role of Fatherhood in Child Well-Being

Kristina Lovato, MSW, PhD
Assistant Professor, California State University
Latinx Kinship Care and Grandfamilies Toolkit

Thank you to our sponsors!


Premera Blue Cross
Thomas V. Giddens Jr. Foundation
Kaiser Permanente
Perigee Fund
Washington State Department of Children, Youth & Families
Alaska Children’s Trust
Raikes Foundation
Streaming Partner
Mat-Su Health Foundation
Medina Foundation