Registration Fees
Members $55
Nonmembers $65
Students $25

Sponsorship Opportunities

Premium Sponsor $1,000

  • 6 conference registrations
  • Tabletop Exhibit
  • Signage at the event
  • Recognition in the final program, on the website, weekly emails, from the podium

Tabletop Exhibit Only $250

The conference program is posted on the website. Additional event registrations may be purchased online. For more information, please contact Lisa Johnson, Director of Professional Development, at 651.789.4331 or

Metro District Fall Conference

Regions 11, 12, 13 Serving the Seven County Metro Area

MN Counties Intergovernmental Trust Building (MCIT)
100 Empire Drive - 3rd Floor
St. Paul, MN 55103


Thursday, October 5, 2017


8:30 - 9:00 AM -- Registration/Exhibits/Continental Breakfast Open

9:00 - 10:15 AM -- Breakout Sessions

10:15 - 10:25 AM -- Break

10:25 - 11:40 AM -- Breakout Sessions

11:40 - Noon -- Buffet

12:00 - 1:00 PM -- Lunch/Membership Meetings/Legislative Presentation

We will elect officers for Regions 11, 12, 13 boards, select delegates, and review the process for submitting a legislative proposal at the Delegate Assembly to be held Nov. 17.

1:00 - 2:15 PM -- Breakout Sessions
2:15 - 2:25 PM -- Break

2:25 - 3:40 PM -- Breakout Sessions
Addressing the Disparities in Minnesota’s Child Welfare System
Speakers: Christina Zeise, MPP, MSW, Executive Director, Minnesota Social Service Association, and Kelis Houston, Founder, Village Arms, and 1st District Guardian Ad Litem
Minnesota has been touted as one of the best places in the nation to live it terms of affordability, health, opportunity and wealth. At the same time, reports consistently emerge demonstrating that people of color in Minnesota experience significantly higher than average rates of poverty, lower high school graduation rates, low rates of home ownership, significant racial income gaps and higher involvement in the criminal justice system. In our child welfare system, American Indian and African American children have the highest rates of contact with the child protection system, are more likely to be assigned to a family investigation, have higher out of home placement rates and higher re-entry rates and are more likely to enter guardianship. As professionals who care deeply about children in Minnesota we have the knowledge, passion and desire to understand these disparities and work towards addressing them. Join us to learn about the disparities that overwhelmingly impact the Native American and African American communities and discuss what we can do as passionate professionals to take the first steps towards change. 
3:45 PM -- Adjourn


Attendees are eligible to receive up to 5.0 CE hours for the MN Board of Social Work. Certificates will be provided.