Conferences and Events

9th Annual Leadership Summit


September 25 – 27, 2018
8:30 AM – 3:30 PM
Central Time


Sojourner Family Peace Center
619 W Walnut Street
Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212


The cost to attend is $150 per person.
There is no cost for attendees from Affiliated Family Justice Centers or Multi-Agency Model Centers. Please contact for more information.


The rapidly developing movement toward multi-agency collaboration, co-located services, mergers of agencies, shared office space models, and Family Justice Centers is getting the attention of non-profit agency leaders and funders across the country.  There are currently more than 130 Family Justice Centers and other types of Multi-Agency Centers in the U.S. and hundreds of other agencies working to develop partnerships and models of co-located services.  Internationally, the movement now has strong momentum including the European Family Justice Center Alliance with initiatives in more than 20 countries. Beyond Europe, there are developing and operating Family Justice Centers or similar cross-sector collaborative Centers in another 15 countries. It is happening.  It is time. Family Justice Centers are co-locating with Child Advocacy Centers.  Non-profits are merging with other non-profits to create more comprehensive responses to trauma-exposed children and adults. 

What is the next step for your agency?  How can you continue to shift the dial in your community?

Whether you are just starting down the road toward greater collective impact, or have been part of this movement since its beginning, our Annual Leadership Summit is a chance for you to learn from and be inspired by others in the movement.

This year’s theme is Hope Thrives Here. Our topics will include:

  • Promising and best practices in collaborative service models
  • The science and practical application of hope theory
  • Leadership strategies in Multi-Agency Centers
  • Expanding our framework to address lifetime victimization
  • Incorporating survivor voices into your Center at all levels
  • Addressing vicarious trauma

Our three-day Summit is specifically targeting:

  • Community-Based Agencies who are interested in increasing their collective impact through co-located services
  • Leadership staff at open and developing Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers
  • Board Members, Policy Makers, Elected Officials and Funders

We encourage existing Family Justice Centers and Multi-Agency Model Centers to bring a multi-disciplinary team that includes directors and supervisors from your on-site partner agencies.


The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has provided conditional approval for Improving Criminal Justice Responses/Arrest, Rural Program, State Coalition and Consolidated Youth Grantees to use grant travel funds to send up to 3 members of Family Justice Center program staff to the Directors Leadership Summit in Milwaukee, WI Tuesday, September 25, 2018 – Thursday, September 27, 2018. Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

Grantees from STOP are invited to attend this conference and do not have to contact their program manager for prior approval. Grantees who are not required to get prior approval to attend this conference are advised to place a “memo to the file” in their grant records indicating the conference approval reference number: OVW-2017-MU-025.

All other OVW grantees must obtain prior approval from their OVW program manager before using grant funding for this purpose.

Click here to register for the 9th Annual International Leadership Summit.

19th Annual International Family Justice Center Conference

March 19-21, 2019 in San Diego, California – Paradise Point Resort

To request training in your community, click here.

Corresponding Training Materials
Unless specifically linked on this page, please go to the Online Resource Library to access the materials, handouts, and continuing education credit information for upcoming training.