Supportive Communities, Strong Families, Safe Kids


Since March, we have been closely monitoring regional and national COVID-19 infection rates, as well as State and Federal responses to contain and mitigate the spread. Given the recent surge in cases, travel bans, and closure mandates, it is no longer feasible to hold our in-person summit as planned. New Hampshire Children’s Trust (NHCT) has made the decision to cancel the September 8th, 2020, Annual Strengthening Families Summit and will be offering full refunds in the coming weeks. 

It is our intention to once again hold an Annual Strengthening Families Summit in 2021, when conditions are more favorable and appropriate adjustments can be made to ensure safety and that meaningful programming is delivered to attendees. We would love you to consider joining us when more information is forthcoming. 


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Summit Objectives


Explore strategies and approaches representing various levels of the social ecology and examine how these create the context for healthy children, strong families and supportive communities.  


Highlight NH efforts that exemplify innovative strategies and approaches.


Explore social norms change regarding accessing community resources. 


Recharge and recommit to this critical work.

Meet Our Speakers


Pat Stanislaski  Keynote Speaker 

Pat Stanislaski is the Director of Partnering for Prevention, a NJ consulting firm. Her career in child abuse prevention spans almost 40 years, during which she directed a statewide prevention program as well as an international program in 16 countries outside the US. Pat is a frequent keynote/workshop presenter at national and international conferences where her focus has been on the importance of empathy and resilience in developing strong children and families. She has served as a member of the Expert Faculty for the International Society for Prevention of Child Abuse and with that focus, has conducted trainings in child abuse prevention for more than 6,000 people across the United States and in 16 countries around the world.

Currently, she is a senior consultant for the National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds where she writes curricula, provides technical support to state Trust Funds and has been the lead trainer for their Protective Factors Framework National Certification Training.        

Corey Best  Plenary Speaker 

Corey Best is first, a dedicated father. He is originally from Washington, D.C. and currently calls Florida home, where he began his transformation into adaptive leadership training, community organizing, authentic family engagement, race equity, primary prevention, and highlighting “good enough parenting” for those impacted by the child welfare system.

Corey is commonly known as a leader and skilled facilitator, bringing his professional experiences to life by activating group thinking and guiding sustainable child welfare system advancements. He was granted the 2016 Casey Family Programs Excellence for Children Award for his innovative style and approach. Most recently, he has helped to spearhead an authentic family engagement pilot through the lens of race equity. This work has allowed Corey to take leadership the next level. He believes a leader must have a set of values and behaviors that embrace differences, shared power, and social contribution to see lasting changes within our communities.

Corey is certified in the National Alliance of Children’s Trust and Prevention Fund’s Bringing the Protective Factors Framework to Life in Your Work. In addition to several speaking and technical assistance opportunities, he proudly serves as an active Board member with Alia and is a Professional Guide for the Alia Innovation Cohort. In short, Corey’s mission is to positively impact the lives of children, families, and communities through safe and racially equitable relationships.

Schedule Overview


& Registration


Welcoming Remarks


Keynote by Pat Stanislaski


Workshop Block 1


Lunch & Networking


Workshop Block 2


Plenary by Corey Best


Summit Evaluations

Continuing Education Units

This Summit has been approved for:

  • 5 Category A Continuing Education Credits by the National Association of Social Workers, NH Chapter. CEU #3667 including 1.5 Suicide Prevention CEUs for Workshop 1A.*

  • Up to 5.25 hours of continuing education credit by the NH Board for Certified Guardians ad Litem.  (Sessions not approved for credit are noted as such in description**)

And qualifies for:

This event qualifies for professional development hours for Early Care and Education Professionals and for contact hours for nurses in related fields

Qualification for CEUs have been applied for with the following profesional Boards. This page will be updated when decisions are recieved. (No guarantee qualification.)

  • 5.0 CEUs have been applied for with the Board and Alcohol and Drug Professionals (LADAC, and CRSW)

  • 5.0 CEUs have been applied for with the NH Prevention Certification Board for Certified Prevention Specialists


All attendees will receive a certificate of attendance with hours of education detailed. This may meet the professional development requirement of several child-serving disciplines.


Welcome & Keynote Address


Keynote Address—Footprints and Footsteps
Presented by: Pat Stanislaski, Senior Consultant for the National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds

Workshop Block 1


1A.   A Community's Response to Tragedy and Crisis*
Presented by: Carol Lunan, M.Ed., The Grapevine Family and Community Resource Center
Format: Panel (view panelists in drop-down)
1B.   Clinic and Community Collaboration: Improving child and family outcomes
Presented by: Holly Gaspar, M.Ed., MPH, Population Health at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center; Rene Couitt, TLC Family Resource Center; Anya Glendal, The Family Place; Hilary Schuler, Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center
Format: Presenter-led 
1C.   Understanding Resilience in Ourselves, Our Families and Our Communities
Presented by: Corey Best, Alia Board member and Professional Guide for the Alia Innovation Cohort; Pat Stanislaski, Senior Consultant for the National Alliance of Children’s Trust & Prevention Funds
Format: Presenter-led 
1D.   Working together so our community's kids and families can thrive!
Presented by: Joelle Martin, NH State Representative and Executive Director of Milford Thrives; Monica Gallant, Community Action for Safe Teens and the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley
Format: Presenter-led 
1E.   Not the Babysitter: Fatherhood Myths & Dad Realities
Presented by: Janis Lilly, M.Ed., The Upper Room, A Family Resource Center; University of New Hampshire
Format: Presenter-led 
1F.   Strengthening Our Communities—One Family at a Time
Presented by: Alicia Deaver, Rise for baby and family
Format: Panel (view panelists in drop-down)

Workshop Block 2


2A.   Investing in Prevention & Community to Support Kinship Families
Presented by: Diane Yeo, New Hampshire Children's Trust
Format: Panel (view panelists in drop-down)
2B.   Community Collaborations to Strengthen and Preserve Families: From Silos to 
Coordinated Systems
Presented by: Athena Cote, NH Division of Public Health, DHHS​; Erin Pettengil, Lakes Region Community Services; Cammie Switzer, Amoskeag Health; Steven Swanson, Lakes Region Community Services; Mollie White, Coos Coalition for Young Children and Families
Format: Presenter-led
2C.   Supporting front line workers and families to be effective and engaged voices for change
Presented by: Rebecca Woitkowski, New Futures
Format: Panel (view panelists in drop-down)
2D.   Media Literacy as a Pathway to Healthy, Resilient Kids
Presented by: Heather Inyart, Media Power Youth
Format: Presenter-led
2E.   The Power of Puppets: Classroom Based Prevention
Presented by: Erica Skoglund, HAVEN; Sarah Shanahan, HAVEN
Format: Presenter-led
2F.   Gender Affirmative Practice: Challenges and Opportunities for Children in Care
Presented by: Harvey Feldman, LCMHC, Spaulding Youth Center; Gabriel Vega, CMHC, Spaulding Youth Center
Format: Presenter-led

Plenary Session


Plenary Session—What? So What? Now What? It’s Time to LEVEL UP!  
Presented by: Corey Best, Alia Board member and Professional Guide for the Alia Innovation Cohort
Become a Sponsor

Interested in becoming a sponsor for this event? As a sponsor, your organization will have direct access to hundreds of attendees. There's no better way to showcase the good work you're doing in New Hampshire, make connections, and get referrals. 

For more information about becoming a sponsor and the different levels of sponsorship available, please contact Diane Hastings, Community Relations Coordinator.

Thank you to our sponsors!

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