These are the articles received from scholarship recipients on their conference experience. Congratulations!!!
Yolo County DCSS
When I received the email stating that I had received the CSDA Scholarship I was excited and honored to be chosen. I have been able to attend the conferees in the past and have always enjoyed my experience. This year was no different. From the opening Plenary, to the awards banquet, to the closing plenary of there was a lot to be learned but there was also a lot of fun to be had.
I have been with Yolo County Child Support for almost four years but in the last year my responsibilities have changed to special enforcement. To be able to take classes that allowed me to expand my knowledge in collections and enforcement was great. The Case Management Tool Tips and Techniques class has already proven helpful to me. I have been using CMT for over a year now, but was not using it to its full potential. Since coming back from the conference, I have been using CMT more effectively, from adding filter criteria as simple as NCP Email address which can help with my NCP locates, to reports that are more specific which affect Federal Performance Measures. I truly believe this once class will help me more effectively manage my cases and not have my cases manage me. This is just once example form the multitude of classes available at the conference.
I would encourage anyone in the child support community to attend this three day conference. Thank you again for choosing me for one of your scholarships.
County of Los Angeles Child Support Services Department
I am still overcome with joy from attending the 2016 Annual Child Support Training Conference & Expo. I can honestly say when I submitted the application I never thought I would actually win. In fact, when I completed the application I was unsure if my statement of expected benefits was conveyed clearly. You could have chosen another applicant to receive the award but the mere fact that you selected my application, encouraged my attendance, honored my special requests and ensured accurate and timely processing of my award speaks volumes.
I am always the one to encourage others to apply for various scholarship opportunities and to take advantage of all trainings. Now as a recipient I will never forget how empowered, inspired and better prepared I felt after leaving the conference and starting a new position. The hotel accommodations, the detailed conference materials, the organization and planning, the mobile app, the refreshing meals, etc., all exceeded my expectations.
It is the monetary contributions of organizations like yours, that encourage employees who are determined to succeed, believe in the seemingly impossible. Please know that I truly appreciate having received the award and that I am now applying the knowledge received towards my personal and professional development.
I hope to one day be a presenter at the conference, where I can share best practices from our local agency and pay it forward. Please let me know how I can assist with future CSDA endeavors.
Joan H Turner
I was fortunate to receive a scholarship to attend the 2016 Annual Child Support Training Conference and Expo this month. The conference dates coincided with my one-year anniversary as a Child Support Attorney with the Merced County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS).
Prior to joining Merced County as a Child Support Attorney in May 2015, I represented children, parents and Social Services in juvenile dependency proceedings for nine years and earned the distinction of being a Child Welfare Law Specialist (CWLS). I consider child support to be an important component of child welfare. Without appropriate child support payments, custodial parents struggle to make ends meet and potentially put their children at risk of living in substandard or unsafe housing. Choices around child care may also place children at risk when funds are limited.
I appreciated the opportunity to gain expertise in the area of child support law and I found the Training Conference and Expo to be very productive to this end. I was inspired by the presenters who have been working in child support for several years and was able to build on my knowledge of various topics including guideline calculations, self-employment income analysis, workers compensation and personal injury collections and other collection tools. The workshops on case law and legislation updates, confidentiality and ethics were also very helpful. The plenary sessions also contained inspiring content.
Apart from the knowledge gained from this conference, I also appreciated the opportunity to meet many impressive people doing the important work of the child support program. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to attend this conference and I am confident it will help me in my work representing the Merced County Department of Child Support Services (DCSS) in child support cases.
Los Angeles County
Dear CSDA Scholarship Committee,
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to attend this year’s Annual Child Support Training Conference & Expo. It was a great experience to network with Child Support professionals across the state. I was able to create new work relations and re-establish old ones. The workshops I attended were very interesting. I especially liked the case law workshops and hearing the thoughts and ideas of the legal staff. I sat side by side with Division Chiefs, Directors and supervisors as we all shared ideas with one common goal, which is the empowerment of the Child Support Services Department and staff as a whole. I hope to be able to attend again next year. It’s inspiring to see our department grow and develop for the well -being of the children and families we serve. All of the CSDA volunteers were helpful and kind. Kudos to the Hyatt Hotel for being so hospitable.
Lily F Stockam
EL DORADO COUNTY DCSS
CSDA 2016 Conference did not disappoint. Every workshop I attended provided an “a‑ha” moment. The speakers were very knowledgeable, engaging, and spoke passionately on topic. I could feel the energy and excitement of the attendees, eager to pick up any tidbit of information that could lead to being a better caseworker. I was anxious to return to my office to share what I learned and start applying some newly acquired knowledge to my day-to-day work. The workshop that was most interesting for me was the Changing Family Structure: New Face of Family. We now move from addressing the traditional 2-parent family to facing the complexities associated to same sex marriage/parents, artificial insemination, surrogacy, and/or intended parent. I can’t wait for the opportunity to try to run a guideline for a multi-parent family and try to determine who pays who. If that opportunity presents itself, I have the names/contact information for the presenters who will be able to guide me through that review. I had the opportunity to meet many people from other counties and State DCSS workers at the airport, in the shuttle, during meals, and workshops. The food was excellent and the hotel accommodations were also very good. As new developments in the child support environment continue to evolve, I would recommend the Conference to anyone who wants to remain current on all child support issues.
Nicole T. Anderson
County of Los Angeles
My 2016 Annual Child Support Training Conference Experience
I am honored to have been a recipient of the CSDA Scholarship and to have attended the 2016 Annual Child Support Training Conference & Expo. This was the 1st time I have attended the conference and was very impressed by the organization, preparation and professionalism of this exciting event. The conference schedules, phone apps and cyber café kept me organized and on schedule for each training course and event. The availability of online conference materials enabled me to follow along with the information presented via my tablet. The plenary speakers as well as the presenters for the courses I attended were subject matter experts and I felt very confident and empowered by the information presented. It was interesting to hear the different perspectives from professionals of counties throughout California. I was inspired by the positive energy and ideas shared while speaking with other Child Support Professionals throughout the state. The awards banquet was a very fun event that granted the opportunity to cheer on Los Angeles and as well as other counties for their innovative work in the child support program. The raffle prizes were amazing and best of all, the proceeds go towards a great cause. Although I didn’t win this time, I look forward to the opportunity to win one of those awesome prizes in the future. Thank you so much for this opportunity.