Virtual conference

Community Family Life Services is hosting a 3-day virtual conference on serving moms in crisis, with a focus on criminal justice

Washington, DC, May 25, 2022 –(– Attend Remotely: June 7-9, the Community Family Life Services (CFLS) Speakers Bureau will hold its second national MORE THAN Conference, a series led by survivors at the intersection of domestic violence, race, poverty, the criminal justice system and motherhood.

“For many cities across America, 2021 has been a record year for gun violence, homicides and domestic violence,” said Katherine Russell, director of rehabilitation and victim services at CFLS. “What is it like to be a mother in this time, going through crises ranging from job loss to housing insecurity, in the midst of healing from personal trauma?”

MORE THAN Mother: Intersectional Identities of Moms in Crisis will delve into the challenges mothers face in accessing services and stabilizing their families in the midst of community violence, domestic violence, incarceration, homelessness, mental illness and addiction. It will feature a list of guest speakers, including Congresswoman Lauren Underwood; Tracey Helton Mitchell, harm reduction advocate and author of The Big Fix; researchers from the University of Rochester, the Vera Institute, Johns Hopkins University and Temple University; Drs. Gaston & Porter of the Health Improvement Center, Inc.; and Vanessa Garrett of Motherhood Beyond Bars. Each panel will include testimony and expertise from women with lived experiences.

Joe D’Antonio, Partnerships Coordinator for the ELFC Speakers Bureau and one of the key organizers who brought together more than a dozen survivors to inform planning for this conference, says, “MORE THAN Mother is a ode to the power of survivors. Mothers are more than caregivers; we see them becoming leaders, innovators, healers, protectors, visionaries and fierce fighters.

Attendees of this three-day virtual conference can earn up to 13 Continuing Education Units (CEUs), approved by the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) (Approval # 886880865-4332).

In addition to “coffee break” networking opportunities and meditation sessions, this roundtable series, hosted through the HopIn platform, MORE THAN Mother will cover a host of relevant topics such as:

American Mom: An Exploration of Expectations of Motherhood in Contemporary Culture
A maternal health crisis: unequal outcomes for black mothers and their children
Protect the Children: Raising Children Amid Community Violence
Family fractures: understanding domestic violence through the prism of motherhood
Mothers in Recovery: Working with Parents to Manage Addiction and Mental Illness
Behind the glass: mothering during incarceration and what comes after
Refocusing Survivors: Storytelling as a Trauma Recovery Strategy
· Ethical considerations of prison pregnancies

Tickets will cost $115 if attendees claim UFC, or $30 for general community members. CFLS believes that finances should not be a barrier to education; if you are a returning citizen or domestic violence survivor, please contact our organizers for a discount code. Participants are invited to register for the conference on