California Information Sharing
Conference 2011

This page serves as a repository for all materials relevant to the invitation-only conference held Oct. 24-25, 2011 in Sacramento, CA which focused on identifying pragmatic solutions to facilitate information sharing among those responsible for the safety, permanency, and well-being of children in the child welfare services system.

Presenters and participants at the conference included representatives from state and local child welfare agencies, dependency courts, health, education, mental health, and other service systems, as well as federal policymakers, legal and information systems experts, foundations and the private sector, all involved in developing a framework for improving information sharing.

Conference goals included:

  • Advancing technological, regulatory and systemic solutions to enhance appropriate information sharing throughout the state’s child welfare system

  • Addressing confidentiality issues across California’s jurisdictions and service delivery systems

  • Developing plans to use federal funding streams and regulatory changes embedded in the Affordable Care Act to improve data exchange among the state’s child welfare services.

The two-day symposium, sponsored by Stewards of Change, in partnership with the Judicial Council’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Children in Foster Care and the Stuart Foundation, was followed by a one-day Information Sharing Technology Summit, an opportunity for deeper conversation with state and local experts about the technical and legal aspects of data exchanges and confidentiality. Among the goals of the second convening: Identifying high-value information sharing initiatives developed at the previous days’ summit that can be implemented rapidly in California through technology.

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Conference Agenda


Day 1

Welcome and Orientation to the Conference

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Conference Keynote – Assembly Member Jim Beall


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What’s Happening Now- Scalable Innovations and Lessons Learned from California Counties

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Framing the “As Is” Environment in California for Information Sharing to Improve Outcomes for Children Served by the Child Welfare System and the Courts

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Judicial Branch Perspectives on Interoperability



Questions of Consequence: What Matters Most Now to Accelerate Information Sharing and Interoperability in California?

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News, Views and Updates on Information-Sharing and Technology Innovations at the Federal Level

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Day 2:

Information Sharing, Confidentiality, Privacy and Security in the Interoperability Age

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Identifying High-Impact Information-Sharing Initiatives for Rapid Expansion and Implementation Across the State – Part 1


Identifying High-Impact Information-Sharing Initiatives for Rapid Expansion and Implementation Across the State – Part 2


Prepare for Transition & Review by Technical Summit Group and Next Steps


Day 3:



Conference Keynote: Dr. Linette Scott, CHHSA



Technical Overview of Key Federal Information Technology Initiatives That Are Leveraging the Affordable Care Act, Health Information Exchange and Service-Oriented Architecture to Improve Interoperability

Kim Richeson, Program Manager, The Johns Hopkins University/Applied Physics Lab

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