7th Annual Foster Care Conference


CPOC Foundation’s 7th Annual Foster Care Conference

The CPOC Foundation is excited to announce that our foster care conference will be held in-person at the SAFE Credit Union Convention Center in Sacramento on June 27-28, 2023. The conference will cover a wide array of topics focusing on prevention as well as services and supports to enhance wellness for justice-involved youth in foster care and their families. 

Conference Agenda

Foster Care Conference 2023 Pathways to Prevention and Wellness Agenda

Conference Program

Foster Care Conference 2023 Pathways to Prevention and Wellness Program

SAFE Credit Union Convention Center
1401 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95814

STC #03031296 (12.5 STC Hours)
Cost – $350 ($234 STC Tuition + $116 Registration Fee)

Hotel Information

Sheraton Grand Hotel
1230 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95814


Session Handouts Below

Please note: Sessions without handouts, will not be listed below. 


CPOC Announces Keynote Speaker: Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Keynote Address: Managing and Understanding Wellness to Better Support Youth on Probation and in Foster Care 

Speaker: Dr. Isaiah Pickens

Dr. Pickens, a national trauma expert and CEO & Founder of iOpening Enterprises, will highlight the important of self-care and wellness in his keynote address as well as evidence-based practices for attendees to sustain staff wellness. This presentation will leave participants inspired, re-energized, and equipped to support foster youth in a trauma-informed way while taking care of themselves in the process! 

Managing stress in order to perform at our highest level at work may be the most challenging professional task we face, especially when we are serving systemically underserved communities. It is imperative for individuals supporting probation youth in foster care to understand the breadth of their own wellness at work and in life, and the unique challenges that often arise, like secondary traumatic stress (STS) and compassion fatigue. This general session keynote will include a focus on the importance of staff wellness and provide strategies for managing stressors that impact one’s ability to effectively do their jobs. Participants will walk away with a greater understanding of how burnout and STS impact those who experience traumatic situations at work, along with emotional-intelligence tools to proactively manage these challenges.

Session: Wednesday, June 28, 2023


CPOC Announces Keynote Speaker: MelissaRoshan “MelRo” Potter


Keynote: Building Resiliency in the Youth We Serve

Speaker: MelissaRoshan “MelRo” Potter

Trauma is a force that affects all people in countless ways, including their professional lives. In this session, through MelRo’s experience, learn about how to lead our youth, and families through a trauma informed lens to promote resiliency.

Session: Tuesday, June 27, 2023

MelRo is an internationally recognized speaker and children’s advocate who has inspired and educated countless audiences about healing trauma and supporting youth in foster care.