Call for Abstracts

Under the theme “Close Ties: Relations at the heart of child and family wellness,” we invite abstract submissions for the World Conference of the International Foster Care Organization – IFCO 2020, taking place June 25 – 28, 2020 at McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

This is your opportunity to serve as a presenter in the IFCO 2020 program.  We request abstracts covering practices and experiences working with children and youth being placed and their families.

The conference program will consist of plenaries, concurrent workshops, posters, targeted activities and sharing of experiences.

All accepted presenters must register as delegates and attend the meeting to present.

Extended Abstract Submission Deadline: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 23:59 EDT (UTC-4).

Abstract Submission
The submitting author must be the abstract presenter. Submissions are accepted via the online form only. Please find below instructions for submitting an abstract.  

Step 1: Go to the online abstract submission form and create your online profile. (An official confirmation of profile creation will be emailed once saved.)

Step 2: Go to the “Submissions” tab of the online form and click on “Add new” to create your online abstract file. Enter all required fields, including:

  • Title
  • Presentation Type
  • 2 Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Presenting Author details, including Name, Organization, Position/Student Status, City, State/Province, Country
  • Coauthor details, including Name, Position/Student Status, Organization, City, State/Province, Country

Step 3: Verify all details, then “save & submit”. An official confirmation will be emailed immediately after submission.

Official Language
Abstracts may be submitted in English or French. 

Abstract Modifications
To modify, correct or withdraw an abstract you may log back into your online account with email and password. No changes will be possible after the submission deadline.

An email confirmation will be sent upon creation of your online account to the email address you provided, specifying your login details for abstract submission and editing. A separate email will be sent when you officially save & submit your abstract.

If you do not receive notification of your account creation or of abstract submission, please follow up immediately with the Symposium Secretariat – JPdL 

Review and Notification to Authors
All completed abstracts will be reviewed. You will be informed by email of the acceptance or rejection of your abstract by November 22, 2019. Only the person identified as the presenting author (submitter) will receive notification, which will be sent to the email address provided upon submission.

Presentation Format
Abstracts are requested for 5 different types of presentation:

  • Oral (20-25 minutes)
  • Poster
  • Workshop (90 minutes)
  • Cultural/Creative Activity (90 minutes)
  • Personal/Clinical Experience (20-25 minutes)

After notice of acceptance has been sent, all presenters are also required to register and pay the registration fee in order to be included in the program and to present on site. Registration and payment of registration fee by presenters of accepted abstracts must be completed no later than January 31, 2020.

Accepted abstracts will be published on the conference website.

Important Dates  
September 5, 2019 Abstract submission opens
November 1, 2019 Extended submission deadline for abstracts
November 22, 2019 Notification of acceptance and assigned presentation format
January 31, 2020 Deadline for registration and payment by presenters of accepted abstracts

Student Poster Contest

The organizing committee of the IFCO 2020 conference is sponsoring an annual prize for the best scientific poster produced by a student. This competition recognizes the exceptional contributions of bachelor’s and graduate students to the success of the IFCO annual conference held in Montreal in June 2020.

Three prizes will be awarded:

  • First prize: $250 CAD
  • Second prize: $150 CAD
  • Third prize: $100 CAD

To be eligible for this prize:

  • The first author must be a student at the time of the competition (i.e. during the conference).
  • The first author must be at the conference to present the poster during one of the poster sessions.
  • The work must have been done by a student but can be drawn from a larger research project.

Posters will be judged according to the following criteria:

  • Quality of the poster (appropriate set of text, graphics, colors).
  • The quality of the presentation, interactions and level of understanding of the content of the poster (the student must present the poster).
  • Rigor, novelty and level of difficulty.

To enter your poster in the competition:

  • Check off “Yes” in the Poster Competition field when submitting your abstract.

The winning candidates will be announced at one of the special events during the conference.

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