Casa Pacifica Gathers Youth Care Workers from Around the World for Historic Conference

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Ventura, CA – Tickets are still available for the Nurturing Hope Conference – hosted by Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families and the International Child and Youth Care Network. Youth care specialists are flying in from all over the world to attend this first of its kind conference – combining the Biennial California Community Services Conference with the Child & Youth Care World Conference. The conference kicks off Monday, January 15th at the Crown Plaza Ventura Beach and will run through Thursday, January 18th. Don’t miss this historic and global gathering!

The Nurturing Hope Conference is for direct care workers and all who strengthen young people and families in their respective communities. The conference aims to explore, restore, and promote hope for those involved in strengthening families around the world. Keynote speakers and workshop presenters are coming from 14 different countries which gives the conference an unparalleled variety of cutting edge knowledge coming together in one place. Keynote speakers include: Dr. Jaiya John (USA), Heather Snell (Canada), Zeni Thumbadoo (South Africa), Lorraine Fox (USA), and Dr. Tuhinul Islam (Bangladesh). Workshop highlights include forensic psychologist Mark Freado from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology and the co-authors of “Sisters of Pain: An Ethnography of Young Women in Care,” Leon Fulcher and Aliese Moran of South Africa, who will be sharing copies of their book for all in attendance.

The recent Thomas Fire that affected Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties called into question whether the conference would still be held. Attendees from around the globe watched the devastation from the fire and its impact on the community. Many asked, “What can we do?” Casa Pacifica’s response? “The best demonstration of support is showing up – just as you do every day in the lives of vulnerable young people.” It is estimated that the fiscal impact of the conference will be over $350,000 invested in local Ventura County businesses – including conference venue, lodging, transportation, and meals. Casa Pacifica CEO Dr. Steven Elson said of the conference, “We are excited to learn what other countries are doing in terms of youth work. It’s also an exciting opportunity to showcase Ventura County and bring some much needed revenue to local businesses on the heels of the devastating Thomas Fire.”


Casa Pacifica Centers for Children and Families is a crisis-care and residential treatment facility for abused, neglected, or at-risk children in Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties. The agency is the largest non-profit provider of children’s mental health services in both counties and administers a number of community-based programs designed to strengthen families and keep children in their homes and communities. For more information about Casa Pacifica visit its website or call the Development & Public Relations Department at (805) 445-7800.

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