CCYJ’s eQuality Project is the first statewide effort to help LGBTQ youth in foster care and the juvenile justice system find safety and support for the unique issues they face.
LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in these systems – and before they even reach them, they all too often confront rejection by their families, harassment by their peers, and abuse and neglect by the adults who are supposed to protect them. The prejudices and problems LGBTQ youth face are all the more crushing as the systems designed to safeguard them further traumatize them instead.
CCYJ launched eQuality in 2013 as a multi-phase project aimed at creating lasting systems reform and pathways to healthy stable adulthood for LGBTQ youth. These youth deserve to be safe and supported. They deserve laws, policies, and practices that will eliminate and prevent further trauma solely because of their sexual orientation and/or gender identity and expression. eQuality will make that happen.
Nicholas Oakley, Project Manager for eQuality and Project Respect
Mr. Oakley helped develop the nation’s first statewide protocol for a coordinated response to commercially sexually exploited children. He has represented children and parents in criminal, dependency, family law, and education cases at the Seattle law firm of Carey & Lillevik, PLLC.
Mr. Oakley earned his undergraduate degree in politics and community studies from the University of California, Santa Cruz. He taught leadership development for middle and high school students, then served in the Peace Corps in the Republic of Georgia. He earned his law degree at the University of Washington’s School of Law.
Mr. Oakley is a volunteer mentor at the Washington Women’s Correction Center through the If Project, which provides support to incarcerated women as they prepare to exit prison and re-enter their communities.
In their new book, Creating Compassionate Foster Care: Lessons of Hope from Children and Families in Crisis, Janet C. Mann and Dr. Molly Kretchmar-Hendricks describe an innovative approach to foster care that engages foster parents as important partners in this work. This refreshing take delineates principles of effective foster care rooted in personal narratives drawn from over 20 years of experience. Their workshop will focus on helping foster families best support and nurture the children in their care, covering such topics as understanding children’s attachment needs, providing care for disorganized infants and toddlers, and supporting children through transitions. At the center of their recommendations is considering decisions from the perspective of the child: "If we want not to lose children in saving them, we must start by considering their experience when making decisions at such a critical time in their lives."
Presenter: Roslyn Albers, Hope Sparks Kinship Navigator
Both by mandate and best practice trends, Kinship Placements are increasing in Washington State. For every one child placed into Foster Care there are 8 children placed into a grandparent, aunt, uncle or suitable other’s home. Join us as we discuss the joys and challenges experienced by Washington State Kinship Care givers. This workshop will provide a review of the history of the Kinship movement, address the current needs and resources available, and provide insight to exciting programs, policies and collaborations that are in the near future.
The impact of transitions on Infants and Toddlers
This training will address the needs of infants and toddlers when talking about transitioning them between families: birth, foster and adoptive. The training will discuss the impact of developmental needs and trauma on transition and how the transition can impact all involved. A slow, well thought out transition can result in a successful transfer of attachment to the new family. A sudden, disruptive move can result in a child that has a very difficult time attaching to their new family and possibly impact their ability to form relationships in their future.
DEFINITION: A transition is a bridge between the past, the present and the future. Ner Littner said in 1975, “Until he can establish roots in his present relationships we need to protect his roots to the past, no matter how deformed they may be; without roots the child will die of emotional starvation.
Melissa Russell, Med, ESA, IMH-E® (vetted III), ASAPC BOOST Coordinator
FTDM Boot Camp is an experienced-based training designed to familiarize participants with the Family Team Decision-making Meeting (FTDM) purpose and process, as well as to provide the tools needed to utilize FTDM most effectively. The training is designed to promote positive communication among the various professionals and provide a common language and understanding of FTDM that will lead to enhanced collaboration.
Participants will learn the history, purpose, function and step-by-step process of FTDM and have an opportunity to address challenges and barriers they’ve faced as individuals and professional groups. Through the use of games, small and large group activities, interactive instruction and a facilitated mock-FTDM, participants will develop their knowledge base, build empathy among professionals and learn skills to make FTDM work for themselves and their clients.
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.
This session will provide an overview of what,
who, how, and why of Commercial Sexual Exploitation including a detailed
discussion of identification and the “red flags”. This session will focus
on victim engagement and interventions with a focus on King County’s
Coordinated Response and the Bridge Collaborative Community Advocate Model including
the CSEC hotline and email.
Ms. Kelly Mangiaracina, began coordinating the King County
Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Task Force in July 2013. The King
County CSEC Task Force consists of representatives from local and federal law
enforcement, schools, survivors of childhood sexual exploitation, child welfare
personnel, community service providers, defense attorneys, judges, prosecuting
attorneys, Public Health of Seattle - King County, juvenile detention, business
organizations, advocacy organizations and faith based organizations. Ms.
Mangiaracina has over 15 years of experience working both with youth and
working to ensure access for all individuals to social justice via the legal
system. She has extensive direct service work with at risk youth, including in
a group home setting. Realizing, she could have a larger impact outside of
direct service, she attended law school and now focuses on policy issues impacting
youth. Ms. Mangiaracina speaks frequently on issues of commercial sexual abuse
of minors, including the 2015 “National Convening on Trafficking and Child
Welfare” at the White House.
Kinship 2 Workshop- Fathering the Second Time Around
Presenter- Keoki Kauanoe, Father Engagement Specialist at Family Education and Support Services
Children Need Their Fathers and Father’s need their children
That is the basic premise of the Father Engagement program at Family Education and Support Services. We strive to improve the lives of children by promoting healthy father-child relationships and increasing positive male involvement. Learn strategies to exemplify the honor, integrity and value of the role of fatherhood. Fathers are role models, counselors, guides, truth-tellers, providers of principles, morals, and values.
Children of involved fathers are more likely to enjoy, do well and have positive attitudes about school, participate in extracurricular activities, achieve higher standards of economic, academic and career success. They are more likely to develop a greater focus, superior problem solving and stress management skills, resiliency and overall life satisfaction and contentment.
The choices we make directly affect our children. Our job in Father Engagement is to purposefully define those choices so that men can be the dads that their children deserve, which is the best dads they can be.
Childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity. As such, early experiences are an important public health issue. Much of the foundational research in this area has been referred to as Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).
Adverse Childhood Experiences have been linked to:
-risky health behaviors,
-chronic health conditions,
-low life potential, and
As the number of ACEs increases, so does the risk for these outcomes.
The wide-ranging health and social consequences of ACEs underscore the importance of preventing them before they happen. CDC promotes lifelong health and well-being through Essentials for Childhood – Assuring safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments for all children. Essentials for Childhood can have a positive impact on a broad range of health problems and on the development of skills that will help children reach their full potential.
Mike and Beth Canfield have fostered hundreds of Washington State’s children in foster care since 1983. Mike has worked as a Child & Family Therapist and has been an active advocate for foster parents and their kids since 1990. Mike is currently the Executive Director of FPAWS, Foster Parents Association of Washington State. FPAWS works to assure caregivers get support, education and have a voice in their lives and the lives of the children we all care so much about. Mike trains trainers and caregivers and consults with trainers on Aggression Replacement Training, ART.