FPAWS and Local Resources
In 2005, the FPAWS Board chose to take a role in supplementing foster parent training. Our FPAWS Board Members, typically veteran foster parents, foster/adopt parents/ kinship parents and foster care alumni, have experienced the need for training events that are tailored to meet the many challenges of caregivers.
FPAWS Mini-Conferences strive to address the many needs present in the foster care world including but not limited to: recruitment, retention, training, socialization, culture building, youth involvement, community building, better foster parent/social worker relationships, and most importantly, better outcomes for kids in care.
FPAWS has built partnerships with the Children’s Administration, Child Placing Agencies, Fostering Together, Fostering Washington, local mental health agencies, local foster parent leaders, CASA/GAL, local resources, independent trainers, the Ombuds Office, Coordinated Care and others, to bring current and future caregivers the opportunity to build a strong, healthy fostering experience.
Trauma Informed Care: Lindsey Greene
Coordinated Care’s Foster Care Trauma Training is designed to teach basic knowledge, skills and values about working with children who are in the child welfare system and who have experienced traumatic events. The training teaches strategies for using trauma-informed child welfare practice to enhance the safety, permanency and well-being of children and families who are involved in the child welfare system. This material was developed using the Trauma Training Toolkit and Resource Parents Guides developed by the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).
New Federal School Protections for Children in Foster Care:
What Foster Parents Need to Know: Jess Lewis
Jess K. Lewis, MPA, Foster Care Education, Program Supervisor, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, WA
Children in foster care face significant educational challenges. Frequent school moves - triggered by initial placement in foster care and subsequent placement changes - significantly undermine their academic success, leading to poor life outcomes.
Washington State has several progressive state laws regarding the educational rights of children and youth in foster care. This presentation will focus on the implementation of state laws that promote educational stability and the newly passed reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.
Since 2008, federal child welfare laws have required children’s administration to collaborate with school districts to ensure school stability or immediate enrollment in a new school for children in foster care.
Learn about these new requirements as well as Washington State specific strategies for implementation and advocacy.
Jess Lewis: is currently serving as the Foster Care Program Supervisor at the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. During her tenure at OSPI, Jess has worked in Homeless Education, Equity and Civil Rights, Behavior Intervention, and K-12 Discipline.
Jess has her BA in Social Welfare from the University of Washington and a Master’s in Public Administration from Grand Canyon University. She is currently working on her Educational Doctorate in K-12 Leadership. She is a trained mediator, crisis intervention specialist, and restorative justice facilitator.
Understanding Behavior in Children Prenatally Exposed to Substances,
Mary Allison Brown
More than 1 in 10 babies born each year in the United States have been prenatally exposed to alcohol or illicit drugs. Prenatal exposure to harmful substances, including alcohol, illegal drugs, and tobacco, has the potential to cause significant, long-lasting harm to the developing brain. The effects of prenatal substance exposure can last a lifetime, resulting in negative consequences to health, learning, social-emotional skills, and the ability to form relationships.
Using principles of adult learning theory, participants will learn about addiction and why women continue to use harmful substances during pregnancy. Participants will learn how different types of substances affect the developing brain and body during gestation. Finally, participants will learn how to effectively use skills and strategies in response to behavioral challenges related to prenatal substance exposure.
Mary Allison has a master's degree in social work from the University of Washington as well as two years of specialized, graduate level training in infant mental health from the University of Washington's Barnard Center for Infant Mental Health and Development. She has previously worked as a child and family welfare services social worker and has extensive experience working with foster children and families. Mary Allison is a certified clinical trauma professional and strongly believes that the best opportunity to heal early childhood trauma is during early childhood whenever possible. Currently, she is an infant mental health specialist in private practice at Reflecting Relationships. She also serves as a infant and early childhood mental health consultant for Head Start. Mary Allison is passionate about training and education and is a WA Department of Early Learning state approved trainer and a member of the Association for Early Childhood Educators and Trainers.
Patrick Dowd: Ombuds Office
Lunch Keynote where Patrick will discuss the Crisis in Foster Care and Retaliation issues. Patrick is looking for your input and wants to help create a system that better protects foster parents.
Patrick Dowd is a licensed attorney with public defense experience representing clients in dependency, termination of parental rights, juvenile offender and adult criminal proceedings. He was also a managing attorney with the Washington State Office of Public Defense (OPD) Parents Representation Program and previously worked for OFCO as an ombuds from 1999 to 2005. Through his work at OFCO and OPD, Mr. Dowd has extensive professional experience in child welfare law and policy. Mr. Dowd graduated from Seattle University and earned his J.D. at the University of Oregon.
Letters of Understanding- Mary McGauhey
This class will help caregivers successfully communicate with Children's Administration staff and others related to the care of the children in their home. Attendees become empowered and report better outcomes. Learn to communicate assertively without the perception of aggression.
Mary McGauhey and her husband Jim have been together for over 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 Snohomish County.
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 101 Ed Troyer - Pierce County Sheriff's Department
With all that is online for your youth to see and interact with, this class will make you laugh and make you cry. Gain some important knowledge to help your youth understand the risks they take when they venture into the cyber world. Ed will train his original, Social Media Warnings 101
Ed Troyer is the official spokesman for the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department
Det. Sgt. Troyer is called almost the second after any significant crime is reported. Ed has trained at our Mini-Conferences around the State for many years. He and his friends at Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers are the reason we have toys and books at many of our events. Ed and his wife Wendy have fostered and adopted kids from foster care. Wendy has recently joined our FPAWS Board.