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  1. 1. FPSO is pleased to host the 24th FPSO annual training conference at the Americana Conference and Resort Center in Niagara Falls, Ontario from September 11th through the 14th , 2014. FPSO believes that this year’s conference theme “Fostering…the future” reflects the many changes happening in child welfare. As school commences September 2nd this year the conference will not interfere with summer holidays or graduations. The venue has changed this year in consideration of the requests by foster parents for a different location. The conference committee strives to provide superior training every year but they have really out done themselves this year. FPSO is confident in stating that the training being offered is far above average and will be of significant interest not only to foster parents, but workers, trainers, and foster parent trainers as well. The keynote speaker on Friday evening will be Mr. Dominic Carter who is a political television reporter and author of “No Mommas Boy”; which is his remarkable, gut-wrenching story of physical and sexual abuse to a meaningful career attending social events at the White House and interviewing Nelson Mandela. The keynote speaker for Saturday evening will be Mr. Kim Craitor former MPP for Niagara. Mr. Crater has a message that is relevant for foster parents, staff and the youth we care for. Mr. Crater was a former foster child and has a very heartwarming story to share. Please note the following changes in the advocacy training for this year: Level One Will be offered on Saturday September 13th , 2014 Level Two Trauma will be replaced with “Critical Incident Stress Management Foundational Training Level One”; a certification course being offered on Thursday, September 11th , 2014 and Friday, September 12th , 2014. This trauma based course will provide advocates with additional tools in which to assist foster parents. Level Three Eligibility Spectrum Training with Dr. Tara Black will take place on the Thursday and Friday. Level Four Appeals will be suspended this year due to the demand for the “Critical Incident Training.” Level Four Ap- peals training will be available in 2015. There will also be one day training on Friday, September 12th , 2014 on “Creating Sexual Safety in Adoption and Foster Care.” We have much to celebrate this year as it is also your provincial association FPAO/FPSO’s 41st birthday. FPSO has effectively represented the interests of foster parents in the province of Ontario over the past 40 years and will continue to do so. There have been a number of changes in the child welfare system of late and the FPSO Board of Directors feel that everyone needs to know where we stand and what we stand for.  FPSO has advocated for the last year and a half for the opportunity to address foster parent concerns with Execu- tive Directors which resulted in the first Caregivers Forum which was held on January 27th , 2014 at the offices of OACAS. This was attended by FPSO Representatives and FPA presidents and was limited to only ten in total. Our submission on your behalf which is based on two years of information received by us from your representatives at the FPA Presidents and executive members, advocates and FPSO Directors. The goal is for this forum to take place yearly. Hilites CONFERENCE EDITION Fostering ... The Future“ Foster Parents Society of Ontario ♥ Association des parents nourriciers de l'Ontario President’s Message May 2014 www.fosterparentssociety.org
  2. 2. www.fosterparentssociety.org Hilites “Fostering...The Future” Page 2  One of the biggest changes in child welfare at the moment is in the collection of data through “CPIN” the Child Pro- tection Information Network. This network will record all information and store it for 99 years. The safe assess- ment, medical and financial information will be stored on the system and be accessible for viewing in addition to all placements you have had in the home, performance evaluations, investigations etc. FPSO would like to see the storage of the medical and financial information effectively not be accessible for viewing including those of our chil- dren or adult children at university etc. The FPSO Board of Directors would like to stress the value all of our voices as foster parents coming together in unity through our provincial association. We understand that this is what gives each of us individually and all of us collective- ly the strength to lobby and advocate provincially and nationally; with an overarching goal to raise standards within the child welfare system. This will ultimately achieve what each of us as individual foster parents needs so that we may pro- vide the optimum environment which will enable the positive outcomes for children; that are at the heart of our FPSO’s purpose and mandate. FPSO is diligently continuing the pursuit of this optimum goal for all foster parents. We are accomplishing this through our lobbying efforts in positively liaising with all relevant government parties. FPSO is lobbying so that foster parents are just not considered “service providers” but rather members of the professional team. FPSO will continue to strive for a system in which all of Ontario’s foster parents:  Receive training over and above the Pride Pre-Service.  Have the same third party liability insurance coverage currently enjoyed by foster parents fostering for a Children’s Aid Society.  Are members of a legal defense fund that assists them in time of allegations and possible subsequent legal charges and costs that may be necessary to defend such allegation against the foster parent.  Are in a system in which all damages are recompensed, not from the foster parent’s own personal insurance (in which claims could be subject to termination depending on the amount of claim.) FPSO has available to all foster parents a personal insurance program for health and dental, and has contracted with Omega Nicholson through Economical Select for a home and automobile insurance coverage. Please register early to ensure your course selection as some courses have a maximum number of registrants. Addi- tionally, pay particular attention to the registration forms enclosed. There are two separate registration forms one for the weekend package and one for those intending to attend the FPA Presidents, FPA Executive and advocates training. FPSO is the “Official Voice of Foster Parents” in Ontario. One of the duties is to research the needs of Foster Parents. We do this best when we are connected to you, our members: we hope to see many of you at this year’s conference. By attending you can not only help yourself, but can also help us help you. Cecile Brookes FPSO President Conference Chairperson’s Message The FPSO Conference Committee has considered the comments made in past conference evaluations and has decided to move the FPSO annual conference from the Toronto area to a new date and venue. We will be hosting the 24th annual FPSO conference at the Americana Conference Resort and Spa in beautiful Niagara Falls. The dates have also changed from June to September. The theme this year will be "Fostering…The Future". The Conference Committee has engaged a number of presenters with this theme in mind. Please use the attached registration form and book early in order to secure the training you requested. Looking forward to seeing you all there, Yours in fostering Barbara Ptashynski, Conference Chairperson
  3. 3. www.fosterparentssociety.org Hilites “Fostering...The Future” Page 3 WORKSHOP CHOICES Thursday & Friday :Critical Incident Stress Management Level 1 Foundational Training (#100) One predictable element in all of our lives is that life as we know it is unpredictable. When a critical incident takes place around us personally or professionally, it leaves be- hind a wake of turmoil. The timing is never right, the cir- cumstances are never pleasant, the sweep is non- discriminating and the results are long lasting. The human condition is such that these events can and will impact us emotionally, physically, or behaviorally in our circle of friends and family, in our roles at work, in the com- munity, and even in our own private moments. If left unat- tended, these changes can remain, and our ability to once again function “normally” can be impaired. As professionals in the Foster Parent field you share a de- sire to be of assistance to those around you when they find themselves blindsided by a traumatic event; but how and what do you do. The CISM Level 1 program is a 2 day training opportunity that will walk the participants through the nature of those events that could be considered trau- matic, examine the affect they have on the victims, the changes they go through and the needs that they have, and finally how it is that we can help. ~Bill Tibbo will bring 30 years of mental health experi- ence and over 25 years of critical incident and disaster management expertise to the training table as he guides the participants through the theory and onto the practical skills required as a professional in the critical incident stress management field. At the con- clusion of the 2 day encounter all will be familiar with the spectrum of trauma services such as defusings, debriefings, demobilization and community education; and demonstrate a proficiency in conducting all of the above. Friday & Saturday: Advocacy level three (#200) This workshop will focus on investigations conducted by child welfare agencies. We will discuss changes in policies surrounding investigations, as well as the types of maltreatment being investigated. We will review On- tario's screening tool, safety assessment, and risk as- sessment tool. There will be a focus on evidence based practice in child welfare. ~Dr. Black has worked for fifteen years in various capacities including positions at youth treatment centres, front-line child protection, co-manager for the 2008 Canadian Incidence Study of Reported Child Abuse and Neglect (CIS-2008), and manager of a provincial child welfare database. Dr. Black is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto. Friday: Keynote Speaker: Dominic Carter Veteran newsman Dominic Carter is so honoured to be with us in Canada today. Carter, a One-Time Foster Child, is one of the most compelling journalists of his gen- eration, and has been described as the best political re- porter working in New York City television. Dominic has been a fixture in the TV News industry for the last 25 years, currently working as a Political Commentator at RNN-TV, based out of New York. RNN reaches 8 million households in five states. Dominic Carter has also released a book on his life, “No Momma’s Boy,” in which he chronicles his triumphant struggle to overcome his mother's mental illness as a "Chronic Paranoid Schizophrenic"—and his years of shocking childhood abuse. Dominic also spent his life hiding a painful childhood se- cret that he thought he would take to his grave, being a victim of childhood sexual abuse while growing up in the Housing Projects in the notorious South Bronx New York. During his tenure in TV Dominic has moderated high pro- file debates with Hillary Clinton and former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg. He has appeared on numer- ous national TV programs like "Face the Nation," "Hardball with Chris Matthews," CNN, MSNBC, and the Fox News Channel. Dominic has also traveled around the globe, to Israel with “America’s Mayor” Rudy Giuliani, the Persian Gulf, Ja- pan, and Somalia. Dominic’s work brought him a meas- ure of prominence for his numerous exclusive interviews, they include former President Bill Clinton, to the late Nel- son Mandela during Mandela’s historic 1990 visit to the United States – an interview he conducted as thousands of journalists from around the country pursued the South African president. He has interviewed Caroline Kennedy, and even Donald Trump starts his book, “Think like a Champion,” praising Dominic. Carter has appeared on the cover of The New York Times TV Guide, which called the veteran journalist "a force to be reckoned with." He has also been profiled in the Washington Post, and Jet magazine. As a victim of Childhood Sexual Abuse Dominic’s life story has been told in Oprah Winfrey’s Magazine, and on the television show of Nancy Grace. Carter received a B.A. in journalism from the State Uni- versity of New York at Cortland, and then attended grad- uate school at Syracuse University. Dominic has also received the Samuel P. Peabody Award for his vision, innovation and dedication to children and families. Dominic Carter has also been awarded an Honourary Doctor of Humane Letters from the City Uni- versity of New York. In his spare time Dominic often talks to young people about the importance of Education.
  4. 4. www.fosterparentssociety.org Hilites “Fostering...The Future” Page 4 WORKSHOP CHOICES Friday All Day (# 201) Creating Sexual Safety in Adoption and Foster Care: What Adoptive/Foster Parents Can Do to Facilitate the Healing Process Selected Issues in Adoption/Foster Care and the Sexual- ly Abused Child; Management of Sexually Reactive and Aggressive Be- haviours; Crucial Family Sessions; Selected Techniques and Exercises; Discussion and Summary ~ Dr. Wayne D. Duehn, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Social Work Dr. Wayne Duehn joined the faculty at the University of Texas in 1970. He is currently engaged in clinical re- search on sexually abusive parents and juvenile sex of- fenders. As a national lecturer and trainer, Dr. Duehn is also consultant to many institutions including The Casey Family Foundation Programs, National CASA, Big Broth- ers/Big Sisters Associations, National Network of Chil- dren’s Advocacy Centers, and has conducted training for law enforcement personnel, schools, CASA staff/ volunteers, and social service/mental health agencies throughout the United States. He earned his Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Psychology and Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis. While in St. Lou- is, Dr. Duehn was a research associate at the Masters and Johnson Institute and has done post-doctor work and taught at the University of Hawaii. He has written extensively in the area of clinical practice and has pre- sented research findings at the International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Paris, France; the World Congress of Medical Sexology in Mexico City and Jeru- salem; and the United Nations Conference Facilities in Vienna. He has conducted training seminars for Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Army medical personnel in England, Germany, Guam, Iceland, Japan, Italy, Ko- rea, Panama and the Philippines. Dr. Duehn is co-author of Beyond Sexual Abuse: The Healing Power of Adoptive Families, which is an outgrowth of an ongoing education- al program of the Three Rivers Adoption Council, Pitts- burgh, Pennsylvania. This project is designed to develop educational materials to assist adoptive families in par- enting the sexually abused child. Most recently, Dr. Duehn developed a child abuse prevention program for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools which has been implemented world-wide. Dr. Duehn is a co- founder of Praesidium, Inc., an abuse risk management firm for organizations. Dr. Duehn is a recognized authori- ty and educator in the intervention and treatment of sex- ually abusive families. Saturday morning 1/2 day workshops Truth or Consequences,” (#300) A 50 minute video, explores the importance of telling chil- dren and youth the truth about their life experiences (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and the consequences of not doing so. The film also looks at the barriers that pre- vent us from being honest with children/youth and at the strategies to overcome these. The video will be followed by a discussion. ~Dr. J. R. Wilkes is a Child and Adolescent Psychia- trist and a Consultant Psychiatrist to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. Dr. Wilkes is also the Co- Chair of the Children in Limbo Task Force. ~Gitte Granofsky is a Psychological Associate and a Co-Chair of the Children in Limbo Task Force. Friday & Saturday: (# 202) Advocacy Level One This workshop deals with working professionally in the three roles of the Communicator/Advocate, which are men- tor, peer support and liaison. This workshop will examine child protection issues and the responsibilities of the agen- cies; the role of the communicator/advocate during an alle- gation or complaints procedure; the needs of the caregiv- ers involved in an allegation and the types of supports and resources they will require. When you take this workshop you should be able to go back to your own FPA/FFA and set up an Advocate program. ~Vanessa Milley: Is an experienced advocate and has experienced investigations personally, has been on her FPA for 15 years, FPA president for the last 9 years, FPSO Director for 5 years, FPSO Governance and Policy Chairperson for 4 years, has done many presentations on behalf of FPSO including Bill 170, and the Strengthening Family Based Care Brief and the permanency booklet. Has been on various boards for 28 years. Mother of five, three biological and two adopted. ~Ella Kobylka: has been a Foster Parent for more than 30 years, primarily of teen boys. She started Advocating for Foster Parents with the Toronto CAS in 1983. After mov- ing to Barrie they started fostering for Simcoe County CAS in 1997. In 1999 Ella was the only Advocate for Simcoe and built a team of 10 in a few years. Ella was one of the original developers of the Advocacy Level 1 workshop. She has conducted numerous training sessions on Advo- cacy, Safeguarding and is a PRIDE pre-service and in- service trainer.
  5. 5. Would you like to receive our newsletters via e-mail? If you do simply go to our website and register your email address and we will gladly add your address to our distri- bution list www.fosterparentssociety.org Hilites “Fostering...The Future” Page 5 WORKSHOP CHOICES Saturday All Day (# 301) Creating Sexual Safety in Adoption and Foster Care: What Adoptive/Foster Parents Can Do to Facilitate the Healing Process Selected Issues in Adoption/Foster Care and the Sexual- ly Abused Child; Management of Sexually Reactive and Aggressive Be- haviours; Crucial Family Sessions; Selected Techniques and Exercises; Discussion and Summary ~ Dr. Wayne D. Duehn, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Social Work Dr. Wayne Duehn joined the faculty at the University of Texas in 1970. He is currently engaged in clinical re- search on sexually abusive parents and juvenile sex of- fenders. As a national lecturer and trainer, Dr. Duehn is also consultant to many institutions including The Casey Family Foundation Programs, National CASA, Big Broth- ers/Big Sisters Associations, National Network of Chil- dren’s Advocacy Centers, and has conducted training for law enforcement personnel, schools, CASA staff/ volunteers, and social service/mental health agencies throughout the United States. He earned his Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago, and holds a Ph.D. degree in Psychology and Social Work from Washington University, St. Louis. While in St. Lou- is, Dr. Duehn was a research associate at the Masters and Johnson Institute and has done post-doctor work and taught at the University of Hawaii. He has written extensively in the area of clinical practice and has pre- sented research findings at the International Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect, Paris, France; the World Congress of Medical Sexology in Mexico City and Jeru- salem; and the United Nations Conference Facilities in Vienna. He has conducted training seminars for Air Force, Navy, Coast Guard and Army medical personnel in England, Germany, Guam, Iceland, Japan, Italy, Ko- rea, Panama and the Philippines. Dr. Duehn is co-author of Beyond Sexual Abuse: The Healing Power of Adoptive Families, which is an outgrowth of an ongoing education- al program of the Three Rivers Adoption Council, Pitts- burgh, Pennsylvania. This project is designed to develop educational materials to assist adoptive families in par- enting the sexually abused child. Most recently, Dr. Duehn developed a child abuse prevention program for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools which has been implemented world-wide. Dr. Duehn is a co- founder of Praesidium, Inc., an abuse risk management firm for organizations. Dr. Duehn is a recognized authori- ty and educator in the intervention and treatment of sex- ually abusive families. Saturday morning 1/2 day workshops KEEP is a training and support group for foster care providers. (#302) This 12 session group helps foster care providers to ad- dress behavioural issues in their homes by forming a plan, focusing on positive aspects of youth behaviour, and being consistent. KEEP was developed at the re- quest and with the participation of foster parents. Re- search into the effects of KEEP intervention find that it reduces behavioural problems of children in care, less- ens the stress of these problems, increases placement stability, and makes it more likely that children will suc- cessfully leave foster care. The objectives for this presentation will be to offer the audience a basic overview of the KEEP program (how it was developed and how it works), an understanding of the empirical support for the program (from both the ini- tial randomized clinical trials, and the effectiveness trials in the United Kingdom) and a description of the work that is currently underway (efforts to integrate KEEP with sup- port for biological and aftercare parents, work with younger children. ~Dr. Peter Sprengelmeyer: is a licensed clinical psy- chologist and researcher. Peter has been involved in the development and dissemination of empirically- validated treatments in community settings. Since 1996, he has been working with researchers at the University of Oregon, the Oregon Research Institute and the Oregon Social Learning Center to bring to- gether the silos of research and practice. The focus of these efforts has been to get empirically-validated tools into the hands of clinicians in a way that direct- ly aids their work. He is the Executive Director of the OSLC Community programs, in Eugene, Oregon and works with team in the development of Multidimen- sional Treatment Foster Care and KEEP programs.
  6. 6. www.fosterparentssociety.org Hilites “Fostering...The Future” Page 6 WORKSHOP CHOICES Saturday morning 1/2 day workshops Substance Abuse (#304) Topics which will be covered include: drug identification, drug paraphernalia identifications, what kinds of habits or behaviours that may be relevant to drug us, or drug cul- ture, usage trends, advice for keeping kids from using drugs. ~Patrick MCCREADY has been a Police Officer for 16 years. He is currently a Detective Constable with the Niagara Falls Street Crime Unit. During the course of his career MCCREADY has primarily investigated drug offences. This includes writing search war- rants, purchasing drugs in an undercover capacity and executing search warrants. Patrick is a resident of the Niagara Region and is married and has two children. Saturday morning 1/2 day workshops What Foster Parents Should Know (#303) We will examine topics such as:  Third party liability insurance  Privacy, Vulnerability  Investigations, Aftermath of Investigations  Permanence, impact of adoptions & long term foster care  Risks  Vicarious trauma  Where foster parents fail when it comes to: ”he said she said”  Housekeeping, reports, emails  Financial planning, Fostering Shelf Life  Family Stress ~Janet Seow entered the child welfare field with a back- ground in senior management in Information Technolo- gy. Her passion as a child and youth advocate started several years ago as a volunteer. She is a strong sup- porter of children’s rights and the right to have their voices heard. She is a member of Access4Youth, an organization which, through partnerships and collabo- ration with local, national and international organiza- tions delivers community-based programs and services to children and youth in under-served communities. Janet is a foster parent with York Children’s Aid Society where she is a member of the FPA Executive and also a PRIDE trainer. Janet’s qualifications include: Masters of Science in Finance and Accounting, Child and Youth Worker Diploma, and a Bachelors of Arts in Children’s Studies. She is currently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Humanities with specific focus on youth culture in the Caribbean and Aboriginal Communities. ~Cecile Brookes has served on the FPSO Board of Di- rectors for the past 10 and half years. This has been in the positions of President for six years and Governance and Policy Committee Chairperson for four years. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psycholo- gy and post-secondary diploma as a Certified Human Resources Manager and had achieved designation of Certified Human Resources Professional. Her passion is advocating on behalf of foster parents for a system where foster parent rights are acknowledged and re- spected and advocating on behalf of the children in care so that we always consider “what is in the best interest of the child”. Saturday morning 1/2 day workshops Recovering from the Shame, the Guilt and the embarrassment. (#305) One Foster Child’s heart-wrenching journey of physical and sexual abuse.  ~Mr. Dominic Carter A fixture in the American TV news industry for 25 years, Carter, a one-time Foster Child, overcame great odds to achieve his success. He grew up poor, and fatherless in New York City’s South Bronx neighbourhood. His moth- er, a paranoid schizophrenic who had been in and out of state psychiatric institutions, physically and sexually abused him. Carter went on to become one of New York’s top political reporters, interviewing the likes of Nelson Mandela, Bill Clinton and Donald Trump. As a victim of childhood sex- ual abuse, Carter’s life story has been told in Oprah Win- frey’s magazine and on the Nancy Grace TV show. Need a FPSO Conference Registration Form? Download one at: www.fosterparentssociety.org
  7. 7. www.fosterparentssociety.org Hilites “Fostering...The Future” Page 7 WORKSHOP CHOICES Saturday afternoon 1/2 day workshops Truth or Consequences,” (#306) A 50 minute video, explores the importance of telling chil- dren and youth the truth about their life experiences (the good, the bad, and the ugly) and the consequences of not doing so. The film also looks at the barriers that pre- vent us from being honest with children/youth and at the strategies to overcome these. The video will be followed by a discussion. ~Dr. J. R. Wilkes is a Child and Adolescent Psychia- trist and a Consultant Psychiatrist to the Catholic Children’s Aid Society. Dr. Wilkes is also the Co- Chair of the Children in Limbo Task Force. ~Gitte Granofsky is a Psychological Associate and a Co-Chair of the Children in Limbo Task Force. Saturday afternoon 1/2 day workshops Special Needs:(#308) Irwin Elman, Provincial Advocate Children and Youth along with members from his office will be speaking to foster parents about new initiatives and supports for chil- dren with special needs. ~Irwin Elman, Provincial Advocate Children and Youth Irwin Elman holds an extensive background as an educator, counsellor, youth worker, program manag- er, policy developer and child and youth advocate. In working with young people in our systems of care, he has carried out these roles with respect – borrowing from the courage and hope of the young people he served to create innovate approaches for youth in Ontario, Jamaica, Hungary, and Japan. As Ontario’s first independent Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth, Irwin works to partner with children and youth in elevating their voices to create positive change. He is building an Office that has its foundation rooted in the strength and wisdom of the children and youth it serves, an Office driven by the efforts of talented and passionate staff who, every day, strive to improve the lives of children and youth in Ontario.  Saturday afternoon 1/2 day workshops Substance Abuse (#309) Topics which will be covered include: drug identification, drug paraphernalia identifications, what kinds of habits or behaviours that may be relevant to drug us, or drug culture, usage trends, advice for keeping kids from us- ing drugs. ~Patrick MCCREADY has been a Police Officer for 16 years. He is currently a Detective Constable with the Niagara Falls Street Crime Unit. During the course of his career MCCREADY has primarily in- vestigated drug offences. This includes writing search warrants, purchasing drugs in an undercov- er capacity and executing search warrants. Patrick is a resident of the Niagara Region and is married and has two children. Saturday afternoon 1/2 day workshops KEEP is a training and support group for foster care providers. (#307) This 12 session group helps foster care providers to ad- dress behavioural issues in their homes by forming a plan, focusing on positive aspects of youth behaviour, and being consistent. KEEP was developed at the re- quest and with the participation of foster parents. Re- search into the effects of KEEP intervention find that it reduces behavioural problems of children in care, less- ens the stress of these problems, increases placement stability, and makes it more likely that children will suc- cessfully leave foster care. The objectives for this presentation will be to offer the audience a basic overview of the KEEP program (how it was developed and how it works), an understanding of the empirical support for the program (from both the ini- tial randomized clinical trials, and the effectiveness trials in the United Kingdom) and a description of the work that is currently underway (efforts to integrate KEEP with sup- port for biological and aftercare parents, work with younger children. ~Dr. Peter Sprengelmeyer: is a licensed clinical psy- chologist and researcher. Peter has been involved in the development and dissemination of empirically- validated treatments in community settings. Since 1996, he has been working with researchers at the University of Oregon, the Oregon Research Institute and the Oregon Social Learning Center to bring to- gether the silos of research and practice. The focus of these efforts has been to get empirically-validated tools into the hands of clinicians in a way that direct- ly aids their work. He is the Executive Director of the OSLC Community programs, in Eugene, Oregon and works with team in the development of Multidimen- sional Treatment Foster Care and KEEP programs. NOTE: Space is limited for some workshops so register early to ensure that you get the course (s) that you want!
  8. 8. www.fosterparentssociety.org Hilites “Fostering...The Future” Page 8 WORKSHOP CHOICES Saturday afternoon 1/2 day workshops What Foster Parents Should Know (#310) We will examine topics such as:  Third party liability insurance  Privacy, Vulnerability  Investigations, Aftermath of Investigations  Permanence, impact of adoptions & long term foster care  Risks  Vicarious trauma  Where foster parents fail when it comes to: ”he said she said”  Housekeeping, reports, emails  Financial planning, Fostering Shelf Life  Family Stress ~Janet Seow entered the child welfare field with a background in senior management in Information Technology. Her passion as a child and youth advo- cate started several years ago as a volunteer. She is a strong supporter of children’s rights and the right to have their voices heard. She is a member of Ac- cess4Youth, an organization which, through partner- ships and collaboration with local, national and inter- national organizations delivers community-based pro- grams and services to children and youth in under- served communities. Janet is a foster parent with York Children’s Aid Society where she is a member of the FPA Executive and also a PRIDE trainer. Janet’s qualifications include: Masters of Science in Finance and Accounting, Child and Youth Worker Diploma, and a Bachelors of Arts in Children’s Studies. She is cur- rently pursuing a Masters of Arts in Humanities with specific focus on youth culture in the Caribbean and Aboriginal Communities. ~Cecile Brookes has served on the FPSO Board of Directors for the past 10 and half years. This has been in the positions of President for six years and Govern- ance and Policy Committee Chairperson for four years. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in Psychology and post-secondary diploma as a Certi- fied Human Resources Manager and had achieved designation of Certified Human Resources Profession- al. Her passion is advocating on behalf of foster par- ents for a system where foster parent rights are acknowledged and respected and advocating on be- half of the children in care so that we always consider “what is in the best interest of the child”. Check out our web site for Other Conferences, workshops and more information about us. FPSO The Dedicated Voice Of Foster Parents In the Province of Ontario www.fosterparentssociety.org FPSO has teamed up with Pro Oil Change in an effort to sup- port and improve our organization. Pro Oil Change has agreed to donate 15% of all funds spent by our supporters at their locations, back to the Foster Parents Society of Ontario. Anyone, not just Foster Parents can support us, by just going to any of the many Pro Oil Change location for any regular maintenance service for your vehicle. Just mention the Foster Parents Society of Ontario and 15% of the oil change/ preventative maintenance you preform will be donated back to us. The sponsorship is acknowledged by your license plate, so once you have supported us once, you will continue to sup- port us in future visits. Pro Oil Change offers not only oil changes but all vehicle pre- vention maintenance such as rotations, win dshield wipers, fluid exchanges, filter replacements, etc. 648 Cathcart St. Sarnia 78 Caradoc St. Strathroy 1835 Adelaide St. N. London 1790 Ernest Ave. London 1009 Talbot St. St. Thomas 220 Centennial Rd. Orangeville 341 Guelph St, Unit A Georgetown 900 Steeles Ave. E. Milton 4140 Erinmills Pkwy, Mississauga 106 King St. W. Stoney Creek 103 Broome Rd. Brockville 500 Eagleson Rd. Nepean
  9. 9. www.fosterparentssociety.org Hilites “Fostering...The Future” Page 9 “Fostering...The Future” FPSO CONFERENCE OVERVIEW 2014 TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 9, 2014 FPSO Executive & Committee Chairpersons’ Meeting 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 10, 2014 FPSO Board of Directors Meeting 9:00 am to 6:00 pm Conference Registration 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 Conference Registration 7:30 am to 9:00 am Critical Incident Stress Management 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Coffee Break 10:15 am to 10:30 pm Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Presidents Meeting 7:00 pm to 10:00 pm (Guest speakers Irwin Elman & Dr. Bernadette Gallagher OACAS) Conference Registration 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 12, 2014 Breakfast 7:00 am to 8:30 am Conference Registration 7:30 am to 9:00 am Critical Incident Stress Management 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Advocacy Three (Day One) 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Creating Sexual Safety in Adoption & Foster Care            9:00 am to 4:30 pm Coffee Break 10:15 am to 10:30 pm Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Break 2:15 am to 2:30 pm Silent Auction 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm Cocktails - Meet & Greet 6:00 pm Dinner Keynote Speaker: Dominic Carter 6:30 pm “I’ve been running all my life. I’m finally free.” Silent Auction 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 13, 2014 Breakfast 7:00 am to 8:30 am Conference Registration 7:30 am to 9:00 am Silent Auction 7:30 am to 8:30 am Creating Sexual Safety in Adoption & Foster Care            9:00 am to 4:30 pm Advocacy Level 1 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Advocacy Three (Day Two) 9:00 am to 4:30 pm Morning 1/2 Day Workshops 9:00 am to 12:00 pm Coffee Break 10:15 am to 10:30 am Lunch 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Silent Auction 12:30 pm to 5:30 pm Afternoon ½ day Workshops 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm Cocktails - Meet & Greet 6:00 pm Dinner Keynote Speaker: Mr. Kim Craitor 6:30 pm Silent Auction 8:30 pm to 10:00 pm SUNDAY September 14, 2014 Breakfast 7:00 am to 9:00 am Annual General Meeting 9:30 am to 12:00 pm Driving Directions to Hotel From Toronto Take QEW Niagara to the Lundy’s Lane/Dorchester road exit (Exit 30B) Keep right off exit 30B and follow to Montrose Road Turn left onto Montrose Road and follow to Lundy’s Lane Turn Right onto Lundy’s Lane and follow to the Ameri- cana Resort which is located on the left hand side just past Kalar Road. FPSO Executive Cecile Brookes President Mary Burnett 1st. Vice President Joy Cole 2nd. Vice President Barbara Ptashnyski Treasurer Vanessa Milley Secretary See you at the conference! Keynote Speakers Dominic Carter One time foster child and became one of New York’s top political re- porters Kim Craitor Former MPP Niagara Falls
  10. 10. www.fosterparentssociety.org Hilites “Fostering...The Future” Page 10 Resource Materials Available for Foster Parents now:  Updated FPSO Advocacy Manuals for Advocates will be available for purchase at our Presidents, FPA Executive and Advocates meeting January 24th to 26th and again at the FPSO annual conference September 11th through 14th , 2014.  Conflict, Chaos and Crisis a definite resource for all foster parents authored by Landy Anderson, a former foster parent, adoptive parent, kinship parent and man- ager at a Children’s Aid Agency. These books are available for purchase both at our January meeting and at our conference. Should you wish to place an order by phone please call the FPSO office at 905-271-3608.  FPSO Cookbook – We still have a small number of these books available. This is a great gift for foster children going out on Extended Care and Maintenance. Resource Materials that FPSO is currently working on:  A collection of stories by foster children of their experience as a foster child. This book will be titled “Stories through, the eyes, heart and soul of the foster child” If you have or know of a foster child that would be interested in sharing their experi- ence please send stories by email heartofachildFPSO@live.ca or if in writing to the FPSO Office.  A collection of stories by foster parents of one of their experiences in fostering. This book will be titled ”Stories through the eyes, heart and soul of a foster family” If you have such an experience please send stories by email heartofafpFPSO@live.ca or if in writing to the FPSO office.  We will be working on a second edition of the FPSO cookbook and would love your favorite family recipes particularly cultural or ethnic recipes. Could you please send recipes by email to FPSOcookbook@live.ca or if in writing to the FPSO office.
  11. 11. Chequesshouldbemadepayableto FPSOConference2014 NorefundsafterAugust1st2014(substitutionscanbemade) Sendchequesandregistrationformto: BarbaraPtashynski,1608BoxwoodWay,Mississauga,Ont,L5E2Y1  Phone:905-271-3608FAX:905-271-1983 Email:fpso@sympactico.ca FosterParent___CASStaff___Advocate____FPAPresident____Other____ Registrant’s Duetoallergies,thisisafragranceFREEevent. Wethankyouforyourconsideration PACKAGE2FullWeekend (Fri&Satnightaccommodations;FriDinner;Sat.meals&workshops,Sun.breakfast) SINGLE$685_________DOUBLE$495_________ Saturday: AllDay:CreatingSexualSafetyinAdoptionandFosterCare___________ HalfDayWorkshopsMorning:___________Afternoon:_____________ Hotelrequirementsforpackages1and2: Ifdoubleoccupancychosen,pleaseprintroommate’sname: __________________________________________________________________ Hotel:Specialneedspleaseidentify __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Package3DayOnly(pleasecheck) A.Thursdayworkshopandlunch$150.00________ B.FridayWorkshopandlunch$150.00________ C.Fri.workshop,lunch&dinner$200.00________ D.Sat.workshop,lunch&dinner$200.00________ E.Fridaydinner$75.00________ F.Saturdaydinner$75.00________ FPSOConferenceRegistrationForm “Fostering...TheFuture” September11—14,2014 WednesdayNightHotelAccommodation$150.00_______ PACKAGE1ThursdaytoSunday(includesThurs–Satnightaccommodations: Friday&Saturdaymeals,Sundaybreakfast) SINGLE$895.00______ DOUBLE(PerPerson)$685.00______ ThursdayCriticalIncidentStressManagement$150.00______ AttendingPresidentsMeetingYes_______No________ FridayAllDay: Advocacy:Module1FridayandSaturday_______ AdvocacyThreeFridayandSaturday_______ CriticalIncidentStressManagementDay2_______ CreatingSexualSafetyinAdoptionandFosterCare1Day______ Saturday: AllDayWorkshops CreatingSexualSafetyinAdoptionandFosterCare1Day_______ HalfDayWorkshopsMorning:___________Afternoon:_____________ LastName___________________________FirstName___________________ Address______________________________City_______________________ PostalCode_______________________Phone(_____)______________ EmailAddress______________________________________________________ FosterParentAssociation/Agency______________________________________
  12. 12. Chequesshouldbemadepayableto FPSOConference2014 NorefundsafterAugust1st2014(substitutionscanbemade) Sendchequesandregistrationformto: BarbaraPtashynski,1608BoxwoodWay,Mississauga,Ont,L5E2Y1  Phone:905-271-3608FAX:905-271-1983 Email:fpso@sympactico.ca FosterParent___CASStaff___Advocate____FPAPresident____Other____ Registrant’s Duetoallergies,thisisafragranceFREEevent. Wethankyouforyourconsideration PACKAGE2FullWeekend (Fri&Satnightaccommodations;FriDinner;Sat.meals&workshops,Sun.breakfast) SINGLE$685_________DOUBLE$495_________ Saturday: AllDay:CreatingSexualSafetyinAdoptionandFosterCare___________ HalfDayWorkshopsMorning:___________Afternoon:_____________ Hotelrequirementsforpackages1and2: Ifdoubleoccupancychosen,pleaseprintroommate’sname: __________________________________________________________________ Hotel:Specialneedspleaseidentify __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ Package3DayOnly(pleasecheck) A.Thursdayworkshopandlunch$150.00________ B.FridayWorkshopandlunch$150.00________ C.Fri.workshop,lunch&dinner$200.00________ D.Sat.workshop,lunch&dinner$200.00________ E.Fridaydinner$75.00________ F.Saturdaydinner$75.00________ FPSOConferenceRegistrationForm “Fostering...TheFuture” September11—14,2014 WednesdayNightHotelAccommodation$150.00_______ PACKAGE1ThursdaytoSunday(includesThurs–Satnightaccommodations: Friday&Saturdaymeals,Sundaybreakfast) SINGLE$895.00______ DOUBLE(PerPerson)$685.00______ ThursdayCriticalIncidentStressManagement$150.00______ AttendingPresidentsMeetingYes_______No________ FridayAllDay: Advocacy:Module1FridayandSaturday_______ AdvocacyThreeFridayandSaturday_______ CriticalIncidentStressManagementDay2_______ CreatingSexualSafetyinAdoptionandFosterCare1Day______ Saturday: AllDayWorkshops CreatingSexualSafetyinAdoptionandFosterCare1Day_______ HalfDayWorkshopsMorning:___________Afternoon:_____________ LastName___________________________FirstName___________________ Address______________________________City_______________________ PostalCode_______________________Phone(_____)______________ EmailAddress______________________________________________________ FosterParentAssociation/Agency______________________________________

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