Call for workshop proposals for the 2021 Annual IARCA Conference (Sept 15 and 16) due March 15th

Each year, the Annual IARCA Conference Committee invites presenters to submit proposals for workshops that will provide innovative and insightful information to leaders in the field, clinicians, case managers, direct care staff, home- and community-based service providers and foster parents. The Committee is looking for 90-minute workshops on best practice standards for children and families, successful outcomes and program improvement, succession planning, wellness, risk management, and crisis response. 

We plan to host an in-person conference in Indianapolis this year on September 15 and 16, 2021. Of course, we are monitoring the pandemic conditions and will transition to a virtual conference if necessary. If you have a great idea for a workshop, please complete our short  workshop application.

IARCA Institute for Exellence Webinars - on demand

The IARCA Institute for Excellence hosts a series of webinars throughout the year. When possible, the presentations are recorded and made available for on demand viewing free of charge.

Attachment, Substance Use, Pregnancy and Neurobiology Webinar 

Joanna E. Chambers M.D., Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Chambers is an expert in services to, and research with, postpartum mothers and their children where opioid use has been indicated. Her research shows how attachment and substance use are related from a neurobiological standpoint. It also shines light on why, from an attachment perspective, the opioid epidemic is especially complicated. Particularly given how many child welfare systems around the country respond to pregnant mothers with opioid use disorder.

Through her work in two Central Indiana clinics, Dr. Chambers has seen the benefits of keeping mothers and newborns together – for both the mother and child. She has also studied the services that are sometimes required to keep mom and baby together safely. Despite the many challenges, there is good news from a neurobiological perspective if interventions and services are responsive to what science is telling us.

Beyond Cultural & Linguistic Competence: Achieving Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

Lloyd Bullard, Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)

Based on a BBI Leaders of Color white paper, this interactive, dynamic presentation briefly discusses the research regarding the inequities pertaining to recruiting, hiring, and promoting Leaders of Color (LoC), as well as to the recruitment of board members of color. The session offers numerous strategies to successfully address these inequities. Mr. Bullard challenges participants to create one-to-two short-term goals that their agency is willing to address within the next one to six months to increase their level of Cultural & Linguistic Competence (CLC)/Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI). \

Building Bridges is a national initiative that strives to advance partnerships among residential and community-based service providers, youth, and families to improve lives.

Organizational Self Assessment Tools from Georgetown University mentioned in the presntation: https://nccc.georgetown.edu/assessments/ 

The Gardener's Tale video by Camara Jones shown in the presentation: http://www.eraseracismny.org/resource-center/video-gallery/195-the-gardeners-tale-camara-jones 

Governor Eric Holcomb recongnizes and thanks Indiana's child and family welfare professionals

Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb produced a thank you video to recognize the commitment and resiliency of Hoosier child and family welfare professionals. When the pandemic hit, we didn't fully understand the risks or ramifications of continuing to show up to work. But, as the Governor points out, Indiana's child and family welfare professionals didn't miss a beat in making sure Hoosier children and families received the support and services they need.

IARCA sends the Governor and his team many thanks for taking the time to share these thoughts and highlighting the work of these committed professionals.

2020 State of the Association

Every year as part of our Annual Members' Meeting, we produce a State of the Association to update our members and partners on IARCA's work. Our 2020 publication covers a number of areas, including our collective advocacy on behalf of children and families, the rollout on Outcomes 2020, and new and updated programming. Take a look and let us know if you have any questions.

Information on COVID 19/coronavirus

IARCA is in regular communication with IN DCS and Indiana State Department of Health staff about updates on coronavirus preparation. We are also gathering information from other states, the federal government, and subject matter experts that we think might be helpful in preparing children, families, and staff for coronavirus preparedness. We will maintain and update a list of announcements and resources for the foreseeable future.

IARCA and IARCA Institute 2019 Annual Report

All the details about what IARCA, the IARCA Institute, and our members were up to in 2019 are now available. The 2019 Annual Report covers the advocacy work we all did on the state and national level, the efforts our various Work Groups did to make sure we're able to provide excellent services to children and families statewide, and updates on the administration of both organizations.

IARCA Member Resource Directory

IARCA's Member Resource Directory of Services for Children and Families is a great way to find out which of our members are providing services you need. You can download the January 2021 Guide which includes all members and services in our database or you can use our online directory where you can limit your search by things like region or service.

Our Mission

The mission of the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA) is to promote cooperation, communication, development and mutual support among organizations and systems providing services to children and their families, and to advocate for the establishment and maintenance of the highest quality, most effective, and most appropriate services possible to children and their families.

Member Benefits

Membership with the Indiana Association of Resources and Child Advocacy (IARCA) provides many benefits to its members, including entry in the IARCA Member Resource Directory of Services for Children & Families which is available online for use by the Department of Child Services, Probation Departments, Juvenile Courts, Special Education Offices, CASA/GAL Programs, concerned parents and other professionals.

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