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PCSAO Annual Conference

PCSAO 2023 Annual Conference

The 2023 PCSAO Annual Conference, taking place Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 19-21 at the Hilton Easton, is an exciting opportunity for child protection professionals to come together and explore the theme “The Ties That Bind: Building a Connected Future.” Building strong relationships with children, families, staff, and communities is at the heart of effective child protection work. This conference is a chance to share best practices, connect with colleagues, and be inspired to continue this important work. Registration has no closed.




Keynote Speakers


September 19

Jerry Milner is Co-director of the Family Justice Group. He began his career as a front-line social worker in Alabama, working primarily with teenagers in foster care and in prevention services for families. Prior work includes serving as state child welfare director in Alabama. From 2017–2021, he led the U.S. Children’s Bureau, Department of Health and Human Services and, for most of that time, was Acting Commissioner, Administration for Children and Families.



David P. Kelly, JD, MA, is Co-Director of the Family Justice Group. For over a decade he served in the United States Children’s Bureau, holding leadership positions as Special Assistant to the Associate Commissioner, Senior Policy Advisor on Courts and Justice and overseeing the Children’s Bureau’s work with the legal and judicial community. Prior to joining the federal government, David was an Assistant Staff Director at the American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law and served as Senior Assistant Child Advocate at the New Jersey Office of the Child Advocate. David began his career as an attorney at the Youth Advocacy Center at Covenant House New Jersey where he represented homeless, runaway, and at-risk youth on a variety of legal issues and led the organization’s policy initiatives; he later became Director of Legal and Clinical services.



September 20

Janine Boyd is a dedicated advocate for children and families, with over 15 years of experience in health and human services advocacy and policy. As the daughter of trailblazing Barbara Boyd, the first Black person elected to Cleveland Heights City Council, Boyd has a deep commitment to public service. Throughout her 16-year tenure as a state representative in the Ohio Legislature, Boyd worked tirelessly to secure funding and support for critical programs benefiting vulnerable citizens, earning her the PCSAO Legislator of the Year Award in 2018. In April 2022, Boyd was appointed by President Joe Biden to serve as a regional director of the United States Department of Health and Human Services for the fifth region, which covers Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin. Most recently, Boyd’s passion for making a positive change in the lives of Ohioans led to her appointment to Cleveland Heights City Council, where she continues her mother’s legacy while forging her own path to better her community and advocate for fair funding and effective programs for children and families.




Gift Baskets Donations

As we have done in the past, we are collecting gift baskets to be raffled off during the conference. These gift baskets will serve to engage attendees and show appreciation for all involved. Most gift baskets feature a theme. No matter what theme you choose, please be sure that your basket is family friendly (no alcohol) and appeals to a wide audience.

If you are interested in donating a gift basket to be raffled off during the conference, please notify notify Lysette Arnold at lysette@pcsao.org by Friday, September 1st. Baskets can be brought directly to the conference and dropped off at the help desk.



2023 Conference Sponsors