Initially led by Hershel Swinger, Ph.D., this component is responsible for the annual conference known as the New Beginning for Partnerships for Children and Families in L.A. County. This last conference was its sixteenth year of operation. This interdisciplinary conference presents the latest research in juvenile justice and child welfare. Dr. Swinger died in 2012. The conference held on September 11, 2014 was renamed as the Dr. Hershel Swinger Memorial Partnership Conference. The next conference is planned for September 17, 2015.