9:00-10:00 FPAWS & Local Resources Mike Canfield is the Executive Director of FPAWS and will invite you to make your voice heard, update you on efforts to support caregivers and improve the foster care system. Local Child Placing Agencies are invited to inform attendees about their agency. Other caregiver supporters will also be invited to tell you about their efforts to support caregivers.
10:00-12:00 Coping with Holiday Stress -Heather Perry is a member of the Coordinated Care Training Team
“All of us can feel stressed around the holidays. This stress
can be amplified by feelings of grief and loss for children and youth in foster
care. This training will help participants identify holiday stress that
children in foster care feel, create a healthy environment for the holidays,
and how to help children and youth cope.”
10:00-12:00 Parent Allies (Bio-Parent Panel)
This panel presentation features four Parent Allies from across WA state who will be sharing their experiences navigating the Child Welfare system. A Parent Ally is a parent who had their children removed from their care or had an in-home dependency, resolved the safety issues that brought Child Protective Services into their family's lives, and had a successful resolution of the case. They are passionate about sharing the strengths and challenges that families encounter and how to create positive change so children have increased opportunities to thrive. They will be speaking about stigmas, expectations, parental engagement and ways foster parents and birth parents can partner on behalf of the children. They will also discuss childhood trauma and cultural competency. There will be an opportunity to address questions from the audience and the panel encourages a collaborative platform where diverse perspectives can be heard.
12:00-1:30 Lunch and Keynote Patrick Dowd - from the Ombud's Office. Patrick has been investigating retaliation in the foster care system. He will address his findings and listen to you.
1:30-4:30 Sexual Health in Foster Care Kathleen Page is a member of the Coordinated Care Training Team
Kathleen's experience spans a total of 17 years as an “in the trenches social worker.” She has worked for private placement agencies and was also the co-director for her own private placement agency. Kathleen and her husband fostered many teenage children in their home as well as their own biological children and one grandchild. She worked as a Family Reconciliation Services social worker for Washington State’s Children’s Administration in Kent, WA during this time her passion was working with the teenagers who were aging out of the system. Kathleen, received her Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication from Brenau University in Gainesville, Georgia and completed her Master’s Degree in Social Work at the University of Washington in Tacoma. Kathleen accepted the position of Community Educator/Trainer with Coordinated Care the Medicaid managed care program for foster children in November of 2015. She is married, has three children and five biological grandchildren although between her and her husband they have a dozen grandchildren.
1:30-4:30 Critical Incident Peer Support: A Conversation with Caregivers Toni Sebastian is the Director of Program and Policy with Children's Administration
Critical Incident Peer Support: A Conversation with Caregivers