Afternoon Plenary Keynote
Ann Adalist-Estrin is Director of the National Resource Center on Children and Families of the Incarcerated at Rutgers University, Camden New Jersey where she also teaches in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. Under Ann’s leadership, NRCCFI has provided training and consultation to government and non-government agencies and community programs worldwide including The National Institute of Corrections /Urban Institute work on model practices for parents in prisons and jails; The International Association of Chiefs of Police “Safeguarding Children of Arrested Parents” resources; and The Sesame Street’s “Little Children, Big Challenges Incarceration materials; She has many publications -the most recent one “12 Guiding Principles for Responding to the Needs of Children and Families of the Incarcerated” published by Cambridge Scholars Press in 2018
In 2013 she was honored by the Obama White House as a “Champion of Change” for her work as an advocate for children and families of the incarcerated. For the last 2 years, Ann has consulted to the Maryland Governor’s Office on Children to provide training and technical assistance to Maryland Counties serving families impacted by incarceration.
Morning Plenary Keynote
Bill Waldman has served as a Professor of Professional Practice, Visiting Professor, Lecturer and Executive in Residence at Rutgers University School of Social Work since 2001. He continues to serve as Professor Emeritus since retiring in July of 2019, and remains active with Rutgers University in various endeavors. From 1998 to 2000, Waldman was the Executive Director of the American Public Human Services Association (APHSA) in Washington, DC., a non-profit organization whose members include the health and human service agencies in the 50 states, as well as many agencies in counties, municipalities and US territories. From 1987 to 1998, Waldman served as Director of the Division of Youth and Family Services, Deputy Commissioner, and has had the distinction of serving as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Human Services under three Governors. Prior to his career in state government, Waldman directed the Middlesex County Department of Human Services from 1975 until 1987, after beginning his career in 1965-1975 with the Essex County Welfare Board in Newark, first as a caseworker and subsequently, in supervisory and administrative positions.
Waldman has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout his career, serves on various boards of directors of community agencies, and has made numerous presentations at professional conferences, the New Jersey Legislature, the U.S. Congress, foundations and business and industry groups, and has consulted for both government and private agencies. He has a B.A. degree in English from Penn State and a M.S.W. degree from the Rutgers School of Social Work with a focus on administration, policy and planning.