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Both Ends Burning Global Symposium

Achieving Child Permanency Through Innovation

Los Angeles, California, USA | April 3-6, 2016

Both Ends Burning brought together 98 people from 25 countries to define the term working group in our second global symposium. Everyone who attended described the event as highly productive, with the attendees seeing the real value and purpose of the Both Ends Burning Global Working Group.

Global Symposium 2016

A Global Symposium

Welcome Reception, Opening Remarks and Introduction of Delegates, Presenters and Special Guests by Craig Juntunen, Founder of Both Ends Burning.
Closing Performance by Jenni Alpert.

Why Family Matters

A panel discussion with adopted teens and young adults, moderated by Dr. Marcy Cole

Sharing Resources

Opening plenary session with Dr. Dana Johnson, University of Minnesota, “The Damaging Effects of Institutional Care”

Children First Pilot

Panel Q&A, Tyler Technologies and Pilot Countries | Justo Sagastume, Honduras, Systems Engineer; Hector Meija, Guatemala, Product Manager; Lisa Frazier, Product Owner, Tyler Technologies; Rick Gerth, Both Ends Burning

Building Relationships

French speaking delegations—Haiti, Benin, and Togo—in the breakout room with Dr. Marcy Cole and Jennifer Gerth.

Solving Problems

Gala reception aboard the RegentSea Yacht in Marina Del Rey to honor the unwavering commitment of the delegates to serving the welfare of the children of their country.

Below is a summary of some of the highlights of the symposium and actions items we will begin to implement immediately:

  • Returning delegates communicated this symposium was even more meaningful than the first symposium held in late 2014.
  • All delegates communicated an appreciation for the focus on action and doing, instead of talking and complaining.
  • Our private Global Working Group Chat Room has expanded with the addition of new delegates and countries. This electronic forum will provide a platform to share ideas and experiences, while holding each other accountable to the commitments we made during the last day at the symposium.
  • We committed to expand the Children First Software Pilot program to additional countries by mid-year. Following the Tyler Technology presentation and demo, almost every country expressed a real interest in the tool. The selection of countries for the next wave of the pilot is critical and we will establish a formal audit procedure to determine which countries will participate. It is important to the long term success of the software tool/program to apply our early resources in countries holding predictors of success.
  • We will produce a 45-minute professional video of Dr. Dana Johnson’s presentation of “The Damaging Effects of Institutional Care” within 30 days. Once this video is completed, we will offer a controlled distribution of the video to the delegates in their local languages to share with government officials in their countries.
  • We will take the first step in determining the plausibility of the proposed new approach to process and manage international adoptions by exploring software vendors and development structure for the iAdopt HUB concept
  • With our partner Tyler Technologies, we will organize a Technology Summit for developers from countries participating in the Children First Pilot to begin the deployment of our open source strategy.
  • We will support South Africa delegate PJ Cloete in forming a (regional to start) Global Action Forum to protect the children of the world.
  • We will complete the first phase of the Children First Software pilot in Honduras and Guatemala.
  • We will explore the possibility of converting the Children First Pilot to a world-wide data base, especially for disabled children ready for adoption.
  • We will create a forum with the capability to share “best practices” by communities and legal entities within the chat room and beyond.
  • We will expand social worker training to enable visiting with target families; train families how to become better parents (abandonment intervention, especially with teenage mothers); engage and train local communities and governments to utilize the Children First Software.
  • In Latin American countries we will create a formal regional Alliance for Children, enabling use across all regions so the Children First Software can handle children flowing through counties on the way to the US. Additionally, we will work to standardize legal and other procedures across the entire Latin America community. This regional alliance will be showcased during the third Symposium and may serve as a role model for future regional alliances.
  • We will determine the time and date for the third symposium by the end of June. We are currently considering September 2017.
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