The rapidly developing movement toward multi-agency collaboration, co-located services, mergers of agencies, shared office space models, and Family Justice Centers is getting the attention of non-profit agency leaders and funders across the country.  There are currently more than 130 Family Justice Centers and other types of Multi-Agency Centers in the U.S. and hundreds of other agencies working to develop partnerships and models of co-located services.  Internationally, the movement now has strong momentum including the European Family Justice Center Alliance with initiatives in more than 20 countries. Beyond Europe, there are developing and operating Family Justice Centers or similar cross-sector collaborative Centers in another 15 countries. It is happening.  It is time. Family Justice Centers are co-locating with Child Advocacy Centers.  Non-profits are merging with other non-profits to create more comprehensive responses to trauma-exposed children and adults. 

What is the next step for your agency?  How can you continue to shift the dial in your community?

Whether you are just starting down the road toward greater collective impact, or have been part of this movement since its beginning, our Annual Leadership Summit is a chance for you to learn from and be inspired by others in the movement. 

This year's theme is Hope Thrives Here. Our topics will include:

  • Promising and best practices in collaborative service models
  • The science and practical application of hope theory 
  • Leadership strategies in Multi-Agency Centers
  • Expanding our framework to address lifetime victimization
  • Incorporating survivor voices into your Center at all levels
  • Addressing vicarious trauma

Our three-day Summit is specifically targeting:

  • Community-Based Agencies who are interested in increasing their collective impact through co-located services 
  • Leadership staff at open and developing Family Justice and Multi-Agency Centers
  • Board Members, Policy Makers, Elected Officials and Funders 

We encourage existing Family Justice Centers and Multi-Agency Model Centers to bring a multi-disciplinary team that includes directors and supervisors from your on-site partner agencies. 

Registration Fee

The cost to attend is $150 per person
There is no cost for attendees from Affiliated Family Justice Centers or Multi-Agency Model Centers. Please contact for more information.

OVW Grantee Information

The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) has provided conditional approval for Improving Criminal Justice Responses/Arrest, Rural Program, State Coalition and Consolidated Youth Grantees to use grant travel funds to send up to 3 members of Family Justice Center program staff to the Directors Leadership Summit in Milwaukee, WI Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Thursday, September 27, 2018. Grantees from Rural, ICJR and Consolidated Youth programs have been conditionally approved to attend this conference. Grantees are required to contact their OVW program specialist to get approval specific to their award and to ensure that a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) is issued. A GAN must be completed before grantees commit or expend any funds related to attending this conference.

The reference number for this conference is OVW-2018-MU-029. This number must be used by grantees when requesting approval via a GAN or in their “memo to the file”. This approval and assigned reference number is for this conference only.

All other OVW grantees must obtain prior approval from their OVW program manager before using grant funding for this purpose.


  • When

  • Tuesday, September 25, 2018 - Thursday, September 27, 2018
    8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Central Time

  • Where

  • Sojourner Family Peace Center
    619 W Walnut St
    Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53212

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