2018 National Foster Parent Association and Florida FAPA Annual Education Conference Index

General Sessions:

  • Plenary Session (coming soon)

    Marcus Stallworth, LMSW - Trainer/Consultant, Child Welfare League of America

    • An examination of the impact of social media and technology on today’s society, including its influence on youths’ perceptions of reality reveals significant risks for the unaware. This plenary provides realistic, cost- effective strategies to identify vulnerabilities and protect youth that can be immediately implemented by foster, kinship and adoptive parents as well as social workers and educators. Risk factors associated with social me media and technology will be identified and reasonable alternative that can lessen children’s overexposure to these outlets will be provided.
  • Lunch Plenary Session (coming soon)

    Michael Rogers - Foster Parent

    • WARNING SIDE EFFECTS MAY INCLUDE...increased contact with tiny people bodily fluids, watching people count your children as you walk by, crunching the numbers to see if driving an uber to work will let you afford a housekeeper, a working knowledge of the legal system equivalent to a law degree, evaluating the laundry pile and wondering if there are other people living in your home that you haven't met yet, slowly watching your former friendships fade away, a fading memory of the inside of a restaurant with cloth napkins, driving a vehicle frequently mistaken for public transit, "camping" in the back yard to avoid the packing ritual, that feeling like you're a zoo animal on display every time you leave the house, eye-rolls when people at the grocery call you a "saint," countless bedtime hugs and kisses, becoming a voice for the voiceless, introducing the concept of unconditional love for the very first time, the immense satisfaction that you are living your life on purpose and doing the most good you possibly can. Michael is transparent and fearless in the telling of his journey of loving kids in hard places. Laugh and be encouraged by the truth of this purpose and calling we have that is bigger than ourselves.

Conference Workshop Videos:

  • Family Match: Innovating New Frontiers for Child Welfare (Florida Specific)

    Elizabeth Wynter, EdD LMHC - Executive Director, Selfless Love Foundation

    • Imagine a world where children in care could be matched with a forever family based on markers of compatibility. Imagine that this match could be identified more efficiently and effectively, giving families a voice and offering children a stable place to call home. Learn more about Family-Match, a data driven application designed to promote permanency through compatibility matching. With a compatibility assessment authored by the former lead researchers at eHarmony, this disruptive technology being piloted in VA, TN, and FL will help the child welfare system re-imagine adoption matching.
  • Foster Child is Not a Defining Title (coming soon)

    Michael Olivieri

    • Less than 2%. Those are the odds Michael had to overcome in addition to life experiences with homelessness, poverty, child abuse, foster care placement, parental drug and alcohol addiction, as well as near alcoholism himself. This workshop will share Michael’s story of his overcoming adversity and help others see past the “foster child” label that seeks to define others.
  • Disruption: Prevention and Intervention (coming soon)

    Eileen Mayers Pasztor, DSW - Trainer/Curriculum Developer, Child Welfare League of America
    Marcus Stallworth, LMSW - Trainer/Consultant, Child Welfare League of America
    Eshele Williams, PsyD - Trainer/Consultant, Child Welfare League of America

    • Disruptions between children and their foster families are painful and often traumatic for everyone involved. This is especially true for the children who most often have experienced multiple traumas already. This workshop will present best practices to identify early warning signs of potential disruptions strategies to help prevent disruptions, and when they do occur, interventions that support the children and all members of the family. The implications for birth parents and agency staff are also addressed. The session content is based upon the CWLA PRIDE Model of Practice to Develop and Support Resource Parents as Team Members in Child Protection and Trauma-Informed Care of Children.
  • Ages of Grief

    Vicky Tidman - Program Coordinator, Department of Social Services, County of Orange, Virginia

    • Workshop will provide foster/adoptive parents an opportunity to look at the well understood "stages of grief" but in a new lens of understanding how those stages overlap with the developmental "ages" of this population. The impact of placement changes, abuse, and trauma all result in a child grieving for something that they do not have. These children feel that everyone around them is able to function in a "normal" and happy reality. The anger and depression often define how others perceive them. Participants will learn how they can equip their children to prepare for these feelings and to process their experiences, based on their developmental age.

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