Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System

28th Annual Fulfilling the Promise Conference

2023 Fulfilling the Promise: Restoring Hope:The Power of Resilience 

The Wisconsin Child Welfare Professional Development System (WCWPDS-Milwaukee) and the conference planning committee invite proposals for workshops at the 28th Annual Fulfilling the Promise Conference, to be held February 21-22, 2023 at the Wilderness Resort in Wisconsin Dells, WI. We are excited to offer a 2 day in person conference with a virtual option for some of the sessions to provide a choice for participants based on the feedback receive last year.The theme this year showcases how strong, supportive and dedicated home visiting, FRC/ family support and child welfare professionals have navigated and emerged from a challenging couple of years, still dedicated to enriching the lives of children and families of Wisconsin. In this, a renewed call for self-care, and trauma informed care has emerged, and guides us in our work moving forward. We encourage proposals that help move the work forward in a changing climate, while focusing on the care and enrichment of the professionals behind this important work. 


Do you experiences or knowledge to share with those working in this field?  Do you know someone who would be a great presenter, or have you heard someone present that you would recommend?  You can access the proposal through this link.


We truly value our presenters and offer free registration and some lodging if selected to present at the conference.Some ideas include (but are in no way limited to):

  • Pandemic Response in Home Visiting and Family Support Services
  • Legal Issues
  • Ethics and Boundaries
  • Breastfeeding
  • Mental Health Disorders
  • Perinatal Health
  • Nutrition
  • Drug and alcohol and other substance abuse
  • Speech and Specialized Development
  • Unsecure Attachment
  • Cultural Humility/Cultural Awareness
  • Trauma Informed Supervision
  • Reflective Supervision
  • Brain Development
  • Sentinel Injuries
  • Community and Parent Advisory Boards
  • Family Engagement
  • Engaging Fathers
  • Engaging Extended Family members (i.e. grandparents, relatives)
  • Working with Parents and Children with Cognitive Delays and Special Needs

Fulfilling the Promise is an annual conference for home visitors, program managers, and parent educators who provide home-based, group-based, and center-based support and education to parents of young children. Participants work in Family Resource Centers, Head Start, and Early Head Start, private agencies, health departments, hospitals, Birth to 3 programs, Even Start Family Literacy schools, county and tribal social service departments, and Early Childhood centers.  Annually, the conference averages 300 participants from across the state. 


Conference Structure:


NEW IN 2023: We will host a 2 day conference with an AM Keynote and 1 late morning session and 2 PM sessions on Day 1 (with the option to present a 2 part session here), while Day 2 has an AM keynote, a late morning session and 2 separate PM sessions.The Fulfilling the Promise Conference seeks to provide participants with a rich learning experience covering a wide variety of topics that provide participants with evidence-based practices and programs and best practices within the field of parent education and family support. Participants generally are experienced and educated and will benefit from a more in-depth look at topics. Participants have also appreciated tools, resources and ideas they can take back to use in their work right away so please be sure to spend some time on how your information can be transferred into application in the field.

Proposals are due by October 15, 2022.


               Proposal Form