2011 Northeast Family Strengthening Conference big success

ACF Region 1 was one of four sponsors of the 2011 Northeast Family Strengthening Conference: "Fit for the Future: Asset-building Strategies and Solutions for Families and Communities".  The conference, held in Richmond, VA, September 26-27, 2011, was sponsored and organized by ACF Regions 1, 2, and 3 and the State of Virginia Department of Social Services.

Over 550 participants attended plenary and workshop sessions focused on approaches and best practices for building financial assets, positive family relationships, and good health. Conference attendees included service providers, faith-based and community leaders, elected officials, government agency representatives, early care and education, and Head Start staff and parents.

A conference highlight was the closing plenary address by Rev. Darrell Armstrong (above) on promoting resilience and protective factors in the lives of children and families.