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

General Sessions:

  • Social Media and Today's Youth - Plenary Session (1.5 hours)

    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 media and technology will be identified and reasonable alternative that can lessen children’s overexposure to these outlets will be provided.

  • Secretary Mike Carroll Address - Plenary Session

    (Note: this video is not eligible for relicensing hours)

    Secretary Mike Carroll - Florida Department of Children and Families

  • Live the Dream and Become a Foster or Adoptive Parent Today! - Plenary Session (0.5 hour)

    Michael Rogers - Foster & Adoptive 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 (1.0 hour) (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: My Attitude Overcomes (1.0 hour)

    Michael Olivieri - Founder, M.A.O. Inspires

    • 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 (1.0 hour)

    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 (1.0 hour)

    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.

  • Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders: Identification and Interventions (1.0 hour)

    Kathryn Shea, LCSW - President/CEO, The Florida Center for Early Childhood

    • Parenting children with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) can be the ultimate parenting challenge. These children can exhibit sleep problems, eating difficulties, and sensory processing disorders, creating poor regulation of behavior and emotion. This becomes a vicious cycle of exhausted and frustrated parents and children. This workshop will introduce child specific strategies to help promote executive functioning and self-regulations skills. Parenting interventions will also be introduced that help parents to view this behavior as brain-based and not willful disobedience. Our interactions can either de-escalate the child or further the escalation. All too often, we engage in the latter. When we work with the child and alter expectations, environment, tasks, or interaction styles we can see great progress.

  • The Impact of Fostering and Adopting on Birth Children (2.0 hours)

    Eshele Williams, PsyD - Trainer/Consultant, Child Welfare League of America

    • This double workshop addresses the impact of fostering and adopting on birth children of foster and adoptive parents. Presenter will provide insight into the challenges that birth children experience as their family dynamics change. Part 1 - Presenters will share a personal story as the birth child of kinship, foster, and adoptive parents and integrate that experience with research conducted on birth children’s perspectives. Part 2 - A major focus is how to assess and ensure supports for birth children as their families engage in fostering and/or adopting. There will be opportunity for participants to meet in small groups to share strategies for addressing this challenge.

  • The Trauma Informed Classroom: Using Emotional Regulatory Healing in the Schools (1.5 hours)

    Denise Rice, MSW LCSW LAC - Therapist, Trainer, Consultant - HOPEful Healing Training and Consultation, LLC

    • Based on an article written by Denise Rice, LCSW in the September 2013 issue of Fostering Families Magazine, this workshop will outline the core principles of Emotional Regulatory Healing and how to incorporate this paradigm into the educational system. Foster, kinship and adoptive parents of children with trauma histories are encouraged to attend and brainstorm practical ways to advocate for their children’s needs in the schools, using trauma sensitive language and suggestions.

  • Exploring Kinship Care From the Front Lines (1.0 hour)

    Bob Ruble - President, OC Kinship & Support
    Ali Caliendo, MA - Executive Director, Foster Kinship
    Cate Hawks - Vice President, Newfound Families Virginia

    • The kinship care workshop will include a panel of professionals who work with kinship caregivers as well as kinship caregivers themselves. The discussion will explore the special nuances of kinship care and offer resources and guidance for those currently walking the kinship path

  • Understanding Autism: Acquiring Information to Create a Safe and Supportive Home (1.0 hour)

    Anjali Van Drie, MA MSW BCBA - Vice President, Familiy Initiative Incorporated

    • The Centers for Disease Control report that 1 in 68 children in the United States is diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This number has risen steadily over the past 20 years and represents an emerging segment of our youth population. Individuals with ASD are impacted in the domains of communication, behavior, and social interaction, often exhibiting unique responses, particularly in unfamiliar or stressful environments. Foster and adoptive families unfamiliar with the possible behaviors and characteristics of individuals on the autism spectrum may experience difficulty with the placement and with finding support. This presentation will provide information on Autism as well best practice in helping support a child on the spectrum

  • Problem Sexual Behaviors of Children; Evidence Proven Approaches
    (1.5 hours)

    Roy Van Tassell - Director of Trauma and Evidence-Based Interventions, Centene Health

    • Exposure to violence, abuse and maltreatment can lead to a range of problem behaviors for children. Among those causing the greatest distress for caregivers, case workers and clinicians as well as disruption in the lives of children are problem sexual behaviors (PSB). This breakout session provides information on PSB, typical sexual behaviors and guidance from treatment evidence on what helps to reduce these behaviors

  • Preparing Your Family Before an Emergency (1.0 hour)

    Megan Carugno, MA - Trainer, Foster and Adoptive Family Services

    • This is an introduction to the basics for disaster preparedness. Disasters can happen anytime and anywhere, and chaos can ensue. Add to this having to follow the rules of your foster care agency it becomes even more difficult. Though emergency situations can be unpredictable steps can be taken to help your family survive and persevere the immediate danger.

  • Adoption Assistance (1.0 hour)

    Josh Kroll - Project Coordinator, Adoption Subsidy Resource Center

    • In this session, you will learn the basics of adoption assistance for children adopted from foster care. Topics include eligibility, benefits, taxes, and more. Participants will receive state specific information and will come away with concrete information and strategies to better advocate for foster and adopted children with special needs. There will also be an overview of the Federal Adoption Tax Credit. Part 2 - In this session, you will learn the basics of adoption assistance for children adopted from foster care. Topics include eligibility, benefits, taxes, and more. Participants will receive state specific information and will come away with concrete information and strategies to better advocate for foster and adopted children with special needs. There will also be an overview of the Federal Adoption Tax Credit.

  • Kinship Navigation - Promising Practices Supporting Relative/Non-Relative Caregivers (1.5 hours)

    Larry Cooper, MSW LCSW - Chief of Prevention and Intervention Services, Children's Home Network
    Tena Randecker - Kinship Navigator, Children's Home Network
    Paula Davis - Family Support Coordinator, Children's Home Network

    • This exciting workshop will share innovative practices to support relative and non-relative (fictive kin) through Kinship Navigator services. Kinship caregivers and their children present with many complex and dynamics needs throughout the United States. There are over 2.6 million children being raised by relatives in both informally and formally. This workshop will provide a broad overview of the issues and current best practices in the field of kinship care.

  • Strategic Storytelling (1.0 hour)

    Heather Rosenberg - Children's Ombudsman, Florida Department of Children and Families

    • Nothing engages an audience like the power of a personal story told well. When used properly, the powerful stories our children in care have experienced can actually mobilize decision makers to take action to benefit the needs of the children in the child welfare system.

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