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COURSE DESCRIPTION: LGBTQ Families Like Ours
Sheila Wilson -Trainer
Have you been interested in, have already had, or may have
an LGBT youth placed in our home. Sometimes we know ahead of time, other times
the youth feels safe enough to disclose to us, and others are not sure what
that means. As the caretakers of these children's lives, it is critical that we
handle these situations with knowledge, understanding, advocacy and
kindness. Join our SAFE training in learn more about how to create a
safe, welcoming home for an LGBT&Q youth in care. This fast paced,
discussion formatted training will give you the tools, resources and support
for you and youth.
Wilson is a unique blend of social service professional and experienced foster
care provider. Now the Executive Director of Families Like Ours, Inc. she has
more than 18 years direct experience in social service prior to joining the FLO
team. Her background includes Masters Degree in Psychology, adult and
youth education, mental health services, permanency recruitment, and case
management of at-risk foster youth. Additionally, she possesses direct
first-hand experience as a foster parent; she doesn’t just talk about the
issues, she knows and understands them first hand. Her rich background provides
proactive solutions for our youth, families and professional partners.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Home Repairs with Ernie
Ernie von Seggern - Trainer
Ernie comes from Home-Depot, he covers drywall repair and door locks
and added security. Ernie hopes that many in the class will choose to
participate by coming up to the front and getting their hands dirty. This class was inspired by the number of holes FPAWS President Beth Canfield has repaired during her 30 years as a foster parent. We appreciate Ernie coming year after year to support caregivers. Bring your kids that punch holes to this class with you!
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Adoption Assistance
Josh Kroll NACAC - Trainer
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.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advocacy 101
In this session you will learn the tools to advocate for
your child and for all children. The
session will start with problem identification, move on to laws or rules that cover the problem, and how to find a
solution. Those concepts will then be expanded to class advocacy, advocating
for all children.
Bio: Josh Kroll
the Project Coordinator of the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center, a program of the North American Council on
Adoptable Children. He has
worked at NACAC for over 17 years, almost all those years as either program assistant to the Adoption Subsidy Resource
Center or Project Coordinator for the project. In his years working with the Adoption Subsidy Resource Center he gained an extensive knowledge of
federal and state laws and policies that he draws upon to answer
thousands of inquiries from parents, workers, and administrators.
In addition to his work with adoption subsidy, he has been
the lead staff on federal adoption tax credit questions at NACAC and
throughout the US adoption community for over
10 years. He has co-written
NACAC's federal adoption tax credit fact.
Suggestions that Josh and other NACAC staff have shown up in IRS written materials to clarify the
For over 3 years he was the Region 5 Advisor to the National
Foster Parent Association. He was
named a 2012 Angel in Adoption for his work on the adoption tax credit.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA)
Khrys Kayne -Trainer
Want to learn what a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) is and how he
BIO: Khrys Kayne
Is the mother of two wonderful
daughters, ages 12 & 17, and Khrys has an 18 year old step-daughter. Khrys is in the
process of being licensed for Behavioral Rehabilitation Service (BRS) foster
care in Thurston County and Khrys was licensed in Spokane County many years ago.
Khrys serves as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) with Thurston County
and recently completed the Guardian ad Litem (GAL) training. Khrys has also
volunteered at numerous group homes over the past four years. For her day
job, Khrys works as a paralegal in a family law firm. This June Khrys will graduate
with her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from The Evergreen State College. Khrys
loves working with at-risk youth and hope to one day open a group home.
Julie Gelo -Trainer
COURSE DESCRIPTION: FASD
This training will include the following:
Bio: Julie Gelo -
Julie Gelo is the legal mother to 16 children
ranging in age from 10 to 48. She and her husband, Lynn, live in Bothell,
Washington with the youngest five children and were licensed foster parents for
over 20 years. Eleven of Julie’s children have been diagnosed with Fetal
Alcohol Syndrome or Related conditions, including all five who live at home.
Julie has been the Family Advocate for the Washington State Fetal Alcohol
Syndrome Diagnostic and Prevention Network core team at the University of
Washington for 20 years. She is the Executive Director for the Washington State
affiliate to the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS
Washington State) and the co-founder of the FAST Friends FASD Community Support
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Trauma Informed Caregiving
workshop will include:
informed . . . what does it mean for caregivers
Simple v. complex
Reactions to trauma
skill development. Examples include:
importance of being pro-social
Finding the spark
Bio: Scott Hanauer
Scott Hanauer is the Chief
Executive Officer at Community Youth Services (CYS) in Olympia,
CYS is a private non-profit
agency which provides an array of interconnected programs throughout Western
Washington. CYS program constellations
Street Youth Services
to coming to CYS, Scott was the statewide out-of-home care director for Children’s Home Society of Washington. Scott’s professional experience includes
residential treatment counseling; parent development training; individual,
group and family therapy; program management and directing multiple programs at
Community Youth Services.
Scott wrote a parent
education curriculum for the Federal Bureau of Prisons, which he taught at the
Federal Detention Center in Seattle, Washington from 2001 – 2009. Scott
is certified to provide a number of evidence based practices including: Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy,
Foster Care Assessment Program, Comprehensive Assessment, Motivational
Interviewing and Multi-Systemic Therapy. Scott also wrote an article for the University
of Oklahoma’s National Center for Youth Services (2015) related to trauma
informed foster care.
Scott also provides child
welfare training throughout Washington for the University of Washington’s
Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence.
Scott is married to Vicki for
42 years and they have two adult children.
Jordan, and his wife Shelby, live in Singapore where Jordan is the
Director of Nike’s Operations in SE Asia.
Cacey lives in Seattle and is the Director of Young Adult Services for
the YMCA’s Family Services and Mental Health.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Paul Figueroa -Trainer
Using Paul Figueroa's unique blend of interactivity, humor, approachability
and fun, you'll learn some new skills, polish ones you have and both you and
your children will have an easier time moving forward! In this workshop,
you'll discover what compassion really is, how it starts with us being
compassionate with ourselves and see the positive results that parenting
this way can achieve. You'll also discover the impact that a child's self
esteem has on their choices, now and in the future and discover effective
strategies to support them to remember who they really are; that they are
amazing, wonderful, smart, capable and loved. You'll hear about and learn
the roadblocks, hurdles and challenges that often prevent us from
compassionately parenting and discover ways to move through them so you, and
your children, win!
Peace Enforcement LLC
Award winning inspiration speaker, trainer and facilitator,
Paul Figueroa is
a 12 year veteran of the King County Sherriff's department
street gangs. He has channeled his efforts to positively
impact the lives of
people both young and old. Paul through his "Peace
Enforcement" programs has
impacted thousands of parents, professionals, children and
youth. He has
received the "Governor's Child Abuse Prevention
Award" for his programs
"Self Esteem/Conflict Resolution" curriculum. He has
been nominated for KCTS
Golden Apple Award and United Way "Outstanding
Mentor" awards. Also he has
been recognized by the Snohomish County Juvenile courts for
his work with
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Hella-IIona Johnson - Trainer
Supportive Communication- Cultural Competencies
The Supportive Communication workshop focuses on aligning the intent of our
communication with its impact. We'll learn how to avoid micro-aggressions in
the words that we choose which are meant as complements but when delivered, are
subtle insults to people of color or other marginalized groups. The workshop
also opens discussion on the ideology of race.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Hella-IIona Johnson & Kisha Thomas - Trainers
AA Hair & Skin Care Essentials workshop presents the basic hair and skin
care needs of African American (AA) and Bi-racial children. The
information presented was collected through random interviews with (AA) parents
and young people.
Bio: Heel-IIona Johnson
Licensed Foster Parent and 21 year college professor. Of African American & German descent and a resident of Kitsap County since 1971.
Kisha Thomas is of (AA) descent and the co-presenter of the (AA) &
Bi-racial Hair & Skin Care workshop. Kisha is a case manager with Child
& Family Services Foundation in Kitsap County, a licensed foster parent,
and newly adoptive parent of two young sons.
Letters of Understanding- Mary McGauhey
Mary McGauhey and her husband Jim have been together for 40 years. They have two grown children, and one
granddaughter. They have been
therapeutic foster parents for over 20 years providing loving care for close to
60 special needs and BRS level children.
Mary has a strong commitment to improving the lives of children, In
addition to all the normal volunteer activities like PTA, Scouting, classroom
aide, teaching preschool and Sabbath school at Church Mary has served as a
“parent representative” on many Statewide committees’, helped develop the
“Bright Futures” program in Washington, helped re-write California special
education laws, has been an advocate for many children and families, and
developed and ran CARS, a special respite program for RSN enrolled families in
Mary is an active Director to the FPAWS board, currently answers the
FPAWS phone line, and teaches classes on improving your communications with the
team surrounding the children in your care.
Social Media Warnings- Ed Troyer
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Renee Siers -Trainer
TBRI - Trust Based Relational Intervention
This training is for families who are planning to adopt, have adopted or are current foster parents. Come learn how to build healthy connections with your children through TBRI. The TBRI approach is based on a solid foundation of neuropsychological theory and research, tempered by humanitarian principles. It is a family-based intervention that is designed for children who have experienced relationship-based traumas such as institutionalization, multiple foster placements, maltreatment and/or neglect.
Bio: Renee has been trained in TBRI at Texas Christian University. She has been a foster parent as well as an adoptive parent to 4 children.
Bio: Laina Berry
Kinship Program Specialist
Kinship Navigator-Whatcom County
I retired from Thurston County Juvenile Court in 2007 after
over 30 years. My work experience in
Olympia began in Juvenile Detention, then Juvenile Probation and finally
supervising the Civil Unit programs for Youth at Risk. Previous job experience included Social Work
for CPS and CWS for the State of Washington and facilitating recreation
programs for incarcerated youth. In my
early college years, I worked with Seattle Parks and Recreation.
I didn’t anticipate returning to the work force, but when I
moved to Whatcom County, I couldn’t resist applying for the KINSHIP NAVIGATOR
position with Northwest Regional Council.
I have worked here part time for over seven years.
I am now 65 years old.
My husband and I have 4 adult children and 9 grandchildren, ranging in
age from 1-18. We are so fortunate that
our grandchildren have the benefit of healthy parents who practice positive
We stand by to provide love, support and cheerleading and we
realize that there are so many grandparents who must become parents the “second
As Kinship Navigator in Whatcom County, it is my honor to
advocate, support and provide resources for those grandparents and other
relatives that have taken on the full time parenting responsibilities of their
precious little ones.