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  • 1. CONFERENCE INVITATION 20th AnnualNational Foster Care Conference “Footsteps to the Future” 16 CE U’s Avail able!2013 National Foster Care ConferenceMay 29-31 ~ Clearwater Beach, Florida Exploring Best Practices and Innovations in Foster Care and Adoption
  • 2. FOOTSTEPS TO THE FUTURE Exhibitor Opportunities Pre - Conference Institute Agencies and organizations that would like to showcase their products and wednesday - may 29services are encouraged to exhibit at these conferences. Exhibits will belocated in high traffic areas central to all breaks. 8:00am - 4:00pm Registration/InformationAdvantages of being an Exhibitor at Daniel’s conferences: Booth Open (Continental Breakfast Provided) w Market your product or service to hundreds of Social Work Professionals w Network with influential child welfare leaders from all over the country 9:00am Pre - Conference w Enhance your organization’s prominence in the social service arena Begins w Renew old contacts and generate new relationships w Promote your organization in the on-site conference brochure Noon - 1:00pm Lunch on your own The Exhibitors fee is $295* per 6-foot skirted table. 4:00pm Conference concludes*$50.00 - Early Bird Discount available! (Take $50 off of the $295 rate ifreceived by April 30, 2013) Lifelong ConnectionsElectricity, projectors, etc. require and additional charge and will need to bearranged with the Conference Hotel. The Lifelong connections training is valuable to child welfare professionals and foster parents alike, in that it goes beyond standards of adoption or guardianship and teaches adults how to assist youth in identifying positive connections in their lives and to build relationships that last long after a youth’s time in foster care. Most Everyone has realized that adolescents in foster care do care about permanency and that we need to help them both find permanent connections and prepare for adulthood. This training will also provide information on defining permanence and how to meet goals set out in the Adoptions and Safe Families Act, Fostering Connections and the John H Chafee Foster Care Independence Act. Matt and Lupe are both Program Development Specialists for the National Resource Center for Youth Development. They both have experience in training in areas involving youth advocacy and permanency. Presented by: Matthew Hudson, Program Development Specialist and Lupe Tovar, Program Development Specialist - National Resource Center for Youth Development, Tulsa, OK
  • 3. PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE SCHEDULEFoster Care Conference success rates, challenges, evidenced based approach, and how we mentor birth parents. Presented by: James Akins, Executive Director - Neighbor Tothursday - may 30 Family, Daytona Beach, FL8:00am - 4:00pm Registration/Information A-3 Family Finding--Two Years Later--what Booth Open have we learned (Continental Breakfast Provided) Hillside Family of Agencies has been providing Family Finding services for youth in care over the past two years. Over 100 youth9:00am - 9:45am Opening General Session in Hillside services have received Family Finding. Hillside will provide a brief overview of the Family Finding model and willKeynote Speaker: share its outcomes, successes and challenges in implementing this Reco Spencer, Trainer service for youth and families. Hillside will share what has worked, Canton, Michigan what hasnt worked, some of the obstacles to implementing Family Finding as well as the successes. Hear from a 23 year old youthYou’ve read my file, now what? who was reunited with his family after many years of separation, and how things are going two years after reuniting with his familyNow that you have the youth in front of you, how do you begin the members.relationship of helping them repair their life? This is an Presented by: Tess Mahnken-Weatherspoon, Family Findingunderstanding of how youth in foster care feel and how workers and Service Leader and Samuel Williams, Youth Advocate - Hillsidethose who work with youth can get them to open up and better Childrens Center, Rochester, NYassist them in reaching their dreams. Reco will give some tips onhow to begin that dialogue and the incredible relationship that can A-4 “Listen to me” How to connect with youthbe built around that dialogue, as well as how organizations that in Foster Carework with youth can better tailor their services for youth that are in, Explaining to Workers, Foster Parents etc. how to quiet the voice inor aging out of, foster care so that everybody’s needs are met. their head and listen to the voices and feelings of the youth they serve. Through a series of role playing and interactive exercises we will explore ways to shut down the voices in the head of the10:00am - 11:30pm Workshop Sessions A professional and clearly and effectively listen to the wants, needs, (Concurrent Sessions) dreams and fears of the youth they serve. Presented by: Reco Spencer, Trainer - Canton, MIA-1 The Regulated Parent: Creating Calm andHealing Relationships using ERH A-5 Engaging Youth in Transition PlanningEmotional Regulatory Healing (ERH), is an integrative, theory The role of foster parents in the successful transition of abased, trauma informed and whole culture approach to youth in care to adulthood can be significant. Transitionhealing of trauma. The objective of ERH is toward the planning is a personal process and young people must fullymaximization of human potential through healing, regulated participate. The Fostering Connections to Success andrelationship. Created by Juli Alvarado, ERH effectively Increasing Adoption Act of 2008 includes a requirementprovides a cohesive framework within which the healing that a youth-directed transition plan be developed ninetycan be addressed at the organizational level as well as in days prior to a youth reaching their 18th birthday. Howeverclinical programming. Participants will understand the it is important that we recognize that transition planningrelationship between trauma and brain development, why begins well before this time, and foster parents can be a partthe brain is the boss of behavior, the main components of of that. This training will provide information on definingthe regulatory system in the body and why when we are transition planning, examining the reasons that youthdysregulated the capacity to connect and remain rational engagement transition planning is important, and an overview of thebecomes impossible. transition planning process.Presented by: Denise Leffingwell, MSW, LCSW - Coaching for Presented by: Matthew Hudson, Program Development SpecialistLIFE!, Arvada, CO and Lupe Tovar, Program Development Specialist - National Resource Center for Youth Development, Tulsa, OKA-2 Neighbor To Familys evidenced basedapproach to sibling foster care vs traditionalfoster careDo you ever wonder what happens to sibling groups that enter foster 11:00am - 12:30pm Lunch (Provided)care? Neighbor To Familys approach is to keep all siblings togetherin one home. Let us share how our professional foster caregiversstep in and bridge the gap for those large sibling groups that wouldotherwise be separated and traumatized. We will discuss successfulapproaches to shorten the length of stay in foster care, current
  • 4. FOOTSTEPS TO THE FUTURE Coordinator of Supportive Housing, Julia Leftwich, Advisor of MAC12:30pm - 2:00pm Workshop Sessions B ATTACK / Director of Shelters, Shawanna Hicks, President of MAC (Concurrent Sessions) ATTACK / Youth Presenter and Omar Anthony Carter, Vice President of MAC ATTACK / Youth Presenter - Community AccessB-1 Circle of Keepers: Native American Foster Unlimited, Elizabeth, NJCare WarriorsMountains and Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center, a B-5 Connections to Independence:Guidingservice of the Children Bureau has collaborated with the Shawnee youth down the road to living independentlyNative American Child Protection Team (SANACPT) to provide Are you looking for a fresh approach to succesfully prepare fosterTTA in developing a Native American Foster Parent Recruitment care youth to live independently as they age out of the foster careand Retention program. Recruitment video and curriculum will be system while maintaining stabilized placements? If so, come learnshowcased during this presentation. MPCWIC in collaboration with more about Connections to Independence (CTI) and how ourSANACPT created a Native American Foster Parent recruitment success moved us from a small youth program into our own uniquevideo that is not tribal specific. This video will be presented along non profit organization. CTI has stabilized 92% of enrolled youthswith an outline of the curriculum and a discussion of the process. placements, 98% of our youth graduate from high school and sixThe curriculum is native sensitive and follows all standard content. months to a year after exiting care 98% of youth were not onPresented by: Maria Scannapieco, Professor & Director - welfare, 94% of youth had not entered the crimnal justice system,University of Texas at Arlington/Mountains and Plains Child and 100% of youth have no open child protection cases of theirWelfare Center, Arlington, TX own. Relationship development and youth advocacy, coupled with education/vocation, independent living skills, and personalB-2 "The power of control," a different look at development programming has been the key to our success. Comedomestic violence (Part 1) learn more about this unique program model and how it might workThis course discusses the control issues surrounding domestic with your youth.violence and the difference between domestic violence and anger Presented by: Jessica Rogers, Executive Director, Michelle May,management. Attendees will be taught the domestic violence cycle, Program Manager and Talicia Jackson, Operationsindicators of abuse, questions to ask parents and children, body Coordinator/Independent Living Skills Counselor - Connections tolanguage and safety issues especially designed for domestic Independence, Minneapolis, MNviolence. To be continued in workshop C-2.Presented by: Joseph Coleman, Owner - Odyssey TrainingSolutions, Satellite Beach, FL 2:15pm - 3:45pm Workshop Sessions C (Concurrent Sessions)B-3 Afrocentric Approach to TherapeuticFoster Care (Part 1) C-1 Recruitment: Targeted, General and ChildWorkshop participants will be provided with the foundations and Focusedphases of a cultural based approach to therapy with youth in foster Do you need resource families? Not sure how to develop acare and independent living. A review of challenges facing effective recruitment plan? Who will do the work? This workshop will showplacement of youth in foster homes that result in high rates of you recruitment strategies being used in Vermont which includeplacement disruptions will be discussed as well as the role and general, targeted and child focused. Develop a plan to include targetimportance of rituals, and cultural exposure. To be continued in audiences for specific groups of children. Learn how to make theworkshop C-3. process real throughout your community.Presented by: Peter Fitts, LCSW-C, Maryland Regional Director Presented by: Heather Simmons, Associate Director of Adoption -for Foster Care and Independent Living, Valery Whitfield, LGSW, Lund, Burlington, VTClinical Social Worker and Lauren Johnson, LGSW, Recruitment/Training/Licensing Specialist - Progressive Life Center, Inc, C-2 "The power of control," a different look atLandover, MD domestic violence (Part 2) Continuation of workshop B-2B-4 Living in the System Presented by: Joseph Coleman, Owner - Odyssey TrainingLiving in the System is an in depth look Solutions, Satellite Beach, FLat what it is like for Youth to be taken outof their homes and put in to placementsfor the majority of their lives. This C-3 Afrocentric Approach to Therapeuticpresentation helps Staff understand what Foster Care (Part 2)the Youth goes through and it helps Continuation of workshop B-3.Youth understand why they develop the Presented by: Peter Fitts, LCSW-C, Maryland Regional Directorbehaviors that they do by going from for Foster Care and Independent Living, Valery Whitfield, LGSW,placement to placement. This Clinical Social Worker, Esther Song, LGSW and Lauren Johnson,presentation allows Staff and Youth to LGSW, Recruitment /Training/Licensing Specialist - Progressive Lifelearn and interact with one another. Center, Inc, Landover, MDPresented by: Howard Wingard, Advisor of MAC ATTACK /
  • 5. PRELIMINARY CONFERENCE SCHEDULEC-4 Contributing to the Public Dialogue onFoster Care 10:30am - 12:00pm Workshop Sessions DThe era of the big print newsroom is over, replaced by slimmer (Concurrent Sessions)newspapers and magazines, web-based news sources of varyingquality, and of course social media and blogs. Daniel Heimpel and D-1 "What’s this?" Drug and DrugJohn Kelly have been involved in the coverage of child welfare and paraphernalia identification trainingother youth services for years, and intend to provide attendees with Learn how to identify commonly used drugs and drugsolid tips and recommendations on how to make effective use of the paraphernalia. This course will enable to worker to identifynew media world order. Presenters will also brief attendees about commonly used drug paraphernalia that they might come in contactFostering Media Connections’ Blogger Co-Op, which was designed with during home visits. Also discussed are the effects of drugs onto help child welfare advocates and service providers publicize their the user and how long the drug stays in the system. This course alsoopinion and analysis (and share in the revenue from their work). covers Spice, K2 and Bath Salts and the issues with medicalPresented by: Daniel Heimpel, Executive Director and John Kelly, marijuana.Editor-in-Chief - Fostering Media Connections, San Francisco, CA Presented by: Joseph Coleman, Owner - Odyssey Training Solutions, Satellite Beach, FLC-5 Learning to say goodbye: Attachment,grief and loss, and the role of foster parents D-2 How To Succeed In Any Field Or Stage ofYouth in Foster Care experience attachment disruptions and often Lifehave limited skills to understand and process their current feelings Most people want more meaningful and impactful lives. This is trueor cope effectively with their past traumas, leaving them ill-prepared for foster parents, therapists, case managers, and others in the socialfor their futures. In this session, participants will learn how foster services field. Everyone is looking to achieve more and live better.parents can help youth build healthy attachment skills and assist By doing so, you become more balanced and empowered. Tonythem as they grieve. Participants will understand the relationship offers proven techniques to show you how to become more self-between grief and loss and attachment formation, and how it is actualized, confident, and goal oriented.never too late to work on unresolved grief. Presented by: Tony Baker, Trainer - Jacksonville, FLPresented by: Sally Guyer, Program Supervisor, Child & FamilyServices - Boys & Girls Aid, Portland, OR D-3 Forgiveness Workshop for Foster and Adoptive Parents (Part 1) Why Forgiveness? As foster or adoptive parents, there are situations that arise on a daily basis where forgiveness is necessaryfriday - may 31 to maintain a healthy relationship with all family members. This workshop will explore the importance of forgiveness, how carrying a grudge will affect physical health, mental health and relationships.8:00am - 3:00pm Information Booth Open The workshop is based on research by Dr. Robert Enright as well as (Continental Breakfast Provided) other foremost researchers in the field of forgiveness. To be continued in workshop E-3.9:00am - 10:15am Opening General Session Presented by: Roxanne Thompson, LPC, Psychotherapist/Trainer - Denver Therapy and Consultation Group, LLC, Denver, COKeynote Speaker: Tony Baker, Trainer Jacksonville, Florida D-4 What is Permanency Anyway...and How Do We Get There? (Part 1)Football Friends Forever This workshop will challenge your thinking and assumptions about what permanency in foster care really means. The distinctions weTony Baker has more than 20 years of combined make about what permanency is or isnt creates the placementexperience as a speaker, educator, therapist, and substance abuse outcomes we get. Re-defining permanency in practice and what wecounselor. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Sociology and masters can do to get there will be highlighted and explored. To bedegree in Mental Health Counseling. Tony is also a registered continued in workshop E-4.counselor in the State of Florida and online instructor with the Presented by: Diane Stegman, Social Work Manager and StephanieUniversity of Phoenix. He has been a featured speaker across the King, Social Work Manager - Kennedy Krieger Institute Therapeuticcountry at International Bully Prevention Conferences, Nationwide Foster Care Program, Baltimore, MDSchool Safety Summits, Colleges and Universities, as well asMiddle and High Schools.Tony’s keynote “Football Friends Forever” is about his childhoodfriendship with several boys from the foster care system. Hediscusses how one particular boy impacted his life and taught himthe true meaning of friendship, comradery and brotherhood. Formore information about Tony visit his website
  • 6. FOOTSTEPS TO THE FUTURED-5 A Year In Review of Legal Decisions E-3 Forgiveness Workshop for Foster andImpacting Foster Care Providers and Foster Adoptive Parents (Part 2)Parents Continuation of workshop D-3An interactive presentation where the audience will witness a trial Presented by: Roxanne Thompson, LPC, Psychotherapist/Trainer -involving a foster care agency that is a named defendant in the Denver Therapy and Consultation Group, LLC, Denver, COlawsuit. Participants will hear testimony and watch a crossexamination of staff working for the foster care agency. Audience E-4 What is Permanency Anyway...and How Domembers will have a chance to discuss how they would decide the We Get There? (Part 2)case. Additionally, the presenters will review legal cases that were Continuation of workshop D-4decided in 2012 that impact the operations, finances and business Presented by: Diane Stegman, Social Work Manager and Stephaniepractices of foster care agencies. King, Social Work Manager - Kennedy Krieger Institute TherapeuticPresented by: Timothy Kelley, M.A. Director of The Devereux Foster Care Program, Baltimore, MDFoundation Therapeutic Foster Care - Massachusetts and RhodeIsland, Holden MA and Judy Starr, Esq. Assistant General Counsel - E-5 Molding A BrandThe Devereux Foundation, King of Prussia, PA Molding a Brand is a Workshop conducted by a former foster child of 17 years. In this workshop professional speaker Kevin Brown focuses on life through the lens a foster care child, what its like to12:00pm - 1:30pm Lunch (On Your Own) live in homes, go to school etc., building self-efficacy in foster care children and the key factors that create successful foster care1:30pm - 3:00pm Workshop Sessions E children both nationally and internationally. (Concurrent Sessions) Presented by: Kevin Brown, President - Legacy Thinking Labs, New York, NYE-1 Recruitment & Marketing: A Partnershipwith Foster FamiliesA comprehensive look at effective strategies for recruiting foster 2:45pm - 3:15pm Conference Closingfamilies in the 21st Century. By marrying social work theory and Certificates, Evaluations, CEU Forms and Prizes!research with the latest marketing analysis from the private sector, Doornon-profit organizations can much more effective in attracting and Prizes!retaining quality foster families within their community. By takingboth a grass roots, bottom up approach to support our existing fosterfamilies and in launching a community wide awareness andrecruitment campaign to utilize a top down approach, the race is to travelinformationthe middle to build a foster care system designed to meet the needsof the children we serve. Conference HotelPresented by: David Brown, Director of Programs and Aimee Hotel charges are not included in conference registration fee. AllMcLaughlin, Director of Communication and Development - hotel reservations should be made directly with the Hilton ClearwaterChildrens Network of Southwest Florida, Fort Myers, FL Beach. Attendees should reference “Daniel Memorial Institute” when making reservations.E-2 Child Welfare - Early Education $125.00 per night (single or double) - Reservations must be made byPartnership, Communicating For the First Time Sunday, May 5, 2013 in order to guarantee the discounted groupOne of the biggest reasons that children in the child welfare system rate. After that date, guest rooms will be released back to the hotelhave poorer educational outcomes, is a lack of emphasis on early and accepted on a space available basis The Child Welfare-Early Education Partnership wasformed to create an sustainable system-of-care that would ensure The Hilton Clearwater Beachthat children under five, who come into contact with the child 400 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL 33767welfare system, are quickly and appropriately referred to high- 1-800-753-3954quality early education programs. Putting the pieces of this puzzletogether was difficult yet remarkably rewarding experience that Parking: As with most metropolitan areas, parking is at a premium.every community should undertake. Discounted parking fees: $5.00 +tax per entrance (self park), $14.00 (Valet), $7.00 +tax (Nightly)Presented by: Ray Holt, Project Coordinator - Child Welfare-EarlyEducation Partnership, Roberta Zipperer, Project Director, ChadSykes-Burns, Director - Child Care Resource and Referral, EarlyLearning Coalition of Duval and Vicki Waytowich, Director -SAMHSA System of Care Initiative, Family Support Services of Travel tip: Please bring aNorth Florida, Jacksonville, FL sweater or jacket to ensure your comfort. Room temperatures vary greatly.
  • 7. CONFERENCE REGISTRATION DANIEL MEMORIAL INSTITUTE ~ May 29 - 31, 2013 ~ Clearwater Beach, FloridaPlease complete this form for each participant. Photo copy this page as needed.Name: (as it will appear on name badge)Title:Agency:Address:City: State: Zip:Phone: Fax:Email: Registration Fees: (check selection) Total Amount Due: $ Early Rates: Registered on or before April 30, 2013 q $195 - Pre-Conference Institute: May 29 Payment Options: (check one) q $195 - Foster Care Conference: May 30-31 q Check Enclosed (Make payable to Daniel Memorial, Inc.) Federal ID# 59-3067752 Register for both and save! q $280 - Pre-Conference & q Purchase Order Number: (Attach PO) q Foster Care Conference: May 29-31 q Credit Card (American Express, MasterCard, Visa, Discover) Late Rates: Registered on or after May 1, 2013 Card #: q $140 - Pre-Conference Institute: May 29 q $245 - Foster Care Conference: May 30-31 Expiration Date: Security Code: Name on Card: Register for both and save! q $375 - Pre-Conference & Signature: q Foster Care Conference: May 29-31 Transfer/Cancellation policy: Transfer of registration to another person may be done at any time without a fee. Please notify the Conference Coordinator of all changes. All requests for cancellation must be received in writing and postmarked by the following dates to receive a refund. A full refund (less a $50 To be eligible for the early registration rate, your registration and processing fee) is available through April 24, 2013. A 50 percent refund (less a $50 processing fee) is payment MUST be received by April 30, 2013. available through May 8, 2013. No refunds thereafter.Please note if you do not cancel or attend the conference you are still responsible for payment. Workshop Preferences (optional): Please indicate your first choice workshop selection for each session. Providing selections assists in room assignments only and does not guarantee seating. Popular workshops may be crowded, so please arrive early. Thank you. Daniel Memorial Institute reserves the right to cancel any workshop at any time. Foster Care Conference: Thursday: Session A____ Session B____ Session C____ Friday: Session D____ Session E____ How did you hear about this conference? Check all that apply For inquires or to submit forms: Email/Scan: qEmail marketing qAdvertisement in publication -or- qBrochure via mail qSave the date postcard Stephanie Waugerman, Associate Director of Conferences qDaniel Memorial Institute website qOther_____________________ 4203 Southpoint Blvd. Jacksonville, FL 32216 Phone: (800) 226-7612 ~ Fax: (904) 353-3472 Easy online registration available at
  • 8. FOOTSTEPS TO THE FUTURE Invitation from the President/CEODear Colleagues,I would like to extend an invitation to each of you to the 20th Annual National Foster Care Conferencehosted by Daniel Memorial Institute.I am personally delighted with the array of individuals and agencies that support this important event.We have gathered speakers and educators from around the country to make this the "must attend" fostercare event of 2013.Over the course of the conference, you will learn about exciting program developments and share best practice information.You can attend workshops and discussions addressing the critical issues that affect young people, families and those whoserve them, and the actions that lead to results.I invite you to participate fully in the conference by attending all sessions, taking notes, meeting new people, and most of all,having some fun!I hope you will join us in Clearwater Beach, FL, May 29-31, for “Footsteps to the Future.”With warm regards, Jim Please let us know if you received duplicate mailings or if any contact information needs to be corrected. Email to: Profes other F sionals os this inv ter Care itation Please with share Jacksonville, FL 32216 4203 Southpoint Blvd. Jacksonville, FL Permit No. 2074 US Postage Paid Organization Non-Profit