COURSE DESCRIPTION: Parent Ally Presentation May 5th, 2017
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.
Kristina Jorgensen is a Research Assistant at Children’s Home Society of Washington with an expanded role to coordinate the birth parent voice. She collaborates with local and state agencies to identify opportunities for birth parents and works on projects related to Early Learning in Child Welfare. Additionally, Jorgensen serves on the Washington State Parent Ally Committee to bring the parent voice to policy change. Furthermore, she is an American Honors Political Science student working towards her Juris Doctorates, with a focus on the intersection of immigration and child welfare. Jorgensen has been selected on several occasions as a key note speaker for fundraisers, panels, and to speak with Congress and Legislators on behalf of various programs across the nation. She is a single mother of 3 talented young boys who keep her motivated. Jorgensen has a passion to help lawmakers at all levels better understand 2genenration approaches to overcome poverty, homelessness, criminal rehabilitation, and the child welfare system in an effort to improve society for many generations to come.
Ms. Alishia Agee-Cooper will graduate in 2017, from the University of Washington, Tacoma with a Master's degree in Social Work. Ms. Agee-Cooper sits on the Washington State Parent Ally Committee, is a founding member of The Incarcerated Mothers Parent Advisory Council, and alumni co-chair of the Alene Moris National Education for Women’s Leadership Institute. Her dream is to change the way birth parents are treated in the Public Child Welfare system and ensure that communities thrive. She is training to have a career in public child welfare and hopes to change the world, one person at a time.
Jason Bragg is a single father who successfully navigated the Dependency system in 2013. In 2012 he found himself gripped by addiction, facing multiple criminal charges along with a CPS investigation which led to an out of home dependency. With the help and support of a parent ally, Mr. Bragg was able to graduate Family Drug Treatment Court in Snohomish County and have his young son returned to his care.
Shortly before Mr. Bragg’s dependency reached dismissal he was invited to speak at the “For Fathers Conference” in New Holly in the fall of 2013. Immediately following this conference multiple stakeholders and community partners approached him with opportunities to participate in various programs to better serve the disenfranchised community. Mr. Bragg readily accepted the part time position working at Parent for Parent in Seattle, Washington which led to the more involved position of facilitating the Father’s Engagement Group for all of King County. These significant stepping stones gave Mr. Bragg the experience to be appointed to the Children’s Youth and Family Services Advisory Committee where he has assisted in making substantial changes to benefit subjugated families as well as prepare them for growth and success.
In August 2014, Mr. Bragg was afforded the opportunity of meaningful employment by the State Office of Public Defense as a contracted Social Service worker where he continues to diligently serve his clients. In addition to working with a caseload that extends throughout all of King County, Mr. Bragg currently sits on 13 committees including WSPAC (Washington State Parent Ally Committee). The thoroughness and commitment that Mr. Bragg has made in helping families involved in the Child Welfare System has secured many reunifications with families as well as produced reestablished outcomes for children and their individual needs to prevent reoccurring trauma.
Tonia Morrison McClanahan
Tonia Morrison McClanahan currently holds the title of Program Director for the Parents Helping Parents program of Family Education and Support Services, and also works as a Social Services Worker for the Washington State Office of Public Defense. Tonia specializes in helping parents through addiction and aiding them in making significant life changes in order to promote family reunification. Tonia has been recognized with several honors including the BHR Phoenix Award, and the WA State DEL Strengthening Families-Unsung Hero award. Tonia serves on the Washington State Supreme Court Commission on Children in Foster Care, Parents for Parents Advisory Board, and Family Recovery Court Advisory teams for Thurston and Mason Counties. Tonia believes in "Helping Parents Regain Hope in Rebuilding Their Families". In her spare time Tonia is a member of the Strophy Foundation which provides funding for Problem Solving Courts including Drug Court, DUI Court, Family Recovery Court, Juvenile Drug Court, Mental Health Court, and Veteran's Treatment Court. Tonia is married and is the proud mother of “3” children and “3” grandchildren.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Court Behavior, Caregiver Report, Getting an Attorney- Jill & Alicia
Jill Malat, Program Manager of the Children’s Representation Project at the Office of Civil Legal Aid and Alicia LeVezu, Supervising Attorney with the Children and Youth Advocacy Clinic at UW Law School will lead a discussion on how to get the most out of a dependency court hearing. The course will cover: the basics of a dependency court hearing, what judges and attorneys look for in caregiver reports, strategies for advocating for yourself and your foster child in court, the role of a child’s attorney and how to request an attorney be appointed for your foster youth. The course will include a presentation, an opportunity for group discussion, and sample materials.
Alicia manages the Access to Counsel Systemic Advocacy Project (ASAP) where law students work to tackle legal issues through various forms of systemic advocacy, including litigation and legislative reform efforts. This position is a continuation of her prior role as an Equal Justice Works Fellow with UW Law, where she conducted research and provided individual representation in connection with increasing access to counsel for children across Washington State. Alicia also recently served as a Project Coordinator with Washington’s Court Improvement Training Academy, where she coordinated attorney training on quality children’s representation across the state.
Alicia is a graduate of Yale Law School, where she spent two years representing children in the dependency system through the school’s Advocacy for Children and Youth Clinic. Alicia is a Washington native, who received her Bachelors in Political Science from the University of Washington. Before attending law school, Alicia spent time working at The Mockingbird Society, a Seattle-area non-profit advocating for foster youth, and at the Washington State House of Representatives.
Jill Malat is currently the Program Manager of the Children’s Representation Program of The Office of Civil Legal Aid. In her role as Program Manager she is in charge of the implementation of the new law requiring the appointment of attorneys for all dependent children who have been legally free for six months or more. She is also responsible for recruitment and oversight of the attorneys representing children under this law. Prior to joining OCLA she advocated for the legal rights of foster children at Columbia Legal Services and The Washington Defender Association.
Jill represented adults and children in criminal and dependency matters as a public defender for 13 years at both the Society of Counsel Representing Accused Persons and the Skagit County Public Defender Office and for 3 years at the law firm of Mazzone and Cantor. She has served on the board of the downtown YMCA, volunteered for the legal clinic of El Centro De La Raza and taught law at Bilge University in Istanbul, Turkey.
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!
Ernie will also be presenting a Kids Project and he invites parents to participate! This has been a conference favorite for several years.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: The Washington State Adoption Support Program - Melanie Meyer
“The Washington State Adoption Support Program” offers a comprehensive overview of the program. It will describe the eligibility requirements, how determinations are made. The presentation will describe the supports available through the program and how the adoption support consultants provide information to parents about the other community resources that may be available to them.
· Participants will have knowledge of Washington State’s Adoption Support Program
· Participants will have an understanding of the eligibility requirements
· Participants will have an understanding of the state and the federal program available in Washington State
· Participants will have an understanding of the supports available through the program
· Participants will have an understanding the contractual requirements of the program
· Participants will have knowledge of additional services available to families to meet the needs of their adoptive children
Ms. Meyer is the Adoption Support Program Manager/Supervisor for Children’s Administration, Department of Social and Health Services. She is an adoptive parent who has worked as an adoption support consultant and has been the supervisor for the last 3 ½ years. She has worked in the social work field for 37 years. Her experience includes working with children and families in Alaska, Georgia, Vermont and Washington. Her Children’s Administration experience over the past 28 years includes work as a social worker, supervisor and program manager. She graduated from the University of Washington with Masters in Social Work and Education.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Advocacy - Laurie Lippold
Speak Up! Get Involved! Advocate!
This workshop will review the bills that passed during the 2017 session, identify tips for being a successful advocate, discuss the role caregivers can play in the legislative arena, and more! There will be plenty of time for Q and A as well!
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Developing Emotional Intelligence In You...and Your Children - Understanding Your emotions - Mike Hobby
In this 90 minute (a.m.) workshop we will cover the importance of developing your Emotional intelligence. We will also consider how your EQ impacts your children and their development. We will look at the first part of the 6seconds EQ development model, Know Yourself. We will discover some practical ways to improve your EQ and help your children increase theirs.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Developing Emotional Intelligence In You... and Your Children - Being Intentional With Emotions - Mike Hobby
In this 3 hour (p.m.) workshop we will review some basics about EQ development and the first part of the Six Seconds EQ development model before diving head first into the second part of the model, Choose Yourself. We will work on practical tools and things you can do to grow your ability to be intentional with your emotions and the impact you have on other people. This workshop focuses on your development and also addresses helping children at the same time. Towards the end of the workshop we will touch briefly on the third and final part of the development mode, Give Yourself.
Come prepared to interact, move around and grow. You will be expected to experience the material not just hear it.
Mike Hobby is a Six Seconds Certified EQ Practitioner, Foster Parent, Pastor and Corporate Trainer, who's passion is to help people grow in whatever way he can. He has presented EQ development workshops for Elementary teacher groups, Parent Universities, Foster Parent support groups, Foster Agencies and even to truck drivers in his efforts to advance the goal of six seconds, to educate a billion people worldwide about emotional intelligence. Even with all this experience his biggest EQ development opportunities come from working through his own missteps as a Bio/Foster Father and Husband.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: "Social Media Warnings" 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 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.
Heather Perry began her career in social services in California in 2001 where she worked with adolescent youth in residential treatment. Since that time she has also worked with adults with co-occurring mental illness and drug addiction, and completed a Bachelor’s degree in psychology in 2008. In 2010, Heather relocated to the Seattle area where she worked as a foster home licensor and then a supervisor for a therapeutic foster care program. Heather joined the Cenpatico team as a community educator for Washington State in 2015. She and her husband have a son, two dogs and enjoy spending their free time in the great outdoors.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Cultural Competency Class - Lydia Davis
• This class will describe what cultural competency is and what it is not.
• We will discuss The Diversity Iceberg and all the things it entails.
• We will deliberate what the long-term goals are for cultural competency.
• We will learn what the Competency-Learning model is and how to use it.
• The ability to work effectively across cultures in a way that acknowledges respects and values the culture of other’s and the clientele being served.
• We will talk about the courage it takes to create a safe and respectful environment where feedback and honest communication occurs.
Has been a Hospice Social Worker for 2.5 years at Evergreen Healthcare in Kirkland. Before that she was a Mental Health Counselor at Sunrise Community Health for 4 yrs. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and her Master’s degree from Eastern Washington University. Lydia lives in Stanwood WA, and has been married to a retired Navy Chief for 32 years in May. They have 2 grown sons 27 and 30 whom live in San Diego CA and Buckeye AZ. She also have 3 beautiful grandchildren and looks forward to taking the licensure test in September of this year to receive my LICSW.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Working with Sexually
Aggressive Youth -Stephanie Overton
Understanding the issues that surrounds kids with sexualized
issues and or behaviors is key to keeping everyone safe. This training will
provide a foundation and will include why youth offend, the importance of the
safety plan, education and treatment.
Stephanie Overton is a licensed mental health counselor
LMHCA and a certified sex offender treatment provider CSOTP She obtained her
bachelor's degree from Kaplan University and her Masters of science from Walden
University. She has been working in community social services for the past seventeen years, providing
individual, group and family services. Ms. Overton has had experience working
in conjunction with the legal system
Family First Family Services LLC
Stephanie Overton, MS, LMHCA, CSOTP
COURSE DESCRIPTION: Trust Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Sheri Weistaner
TBRI is an attachment-based, trauma-informed intervention that is designed to meet the complex needs of vulnerable children. TBRI uses Empowering Principles to address physical needs, Connecting Principles for attachment needs, and Correcting Principles to disarm fear-based behaviors. While the intervention is based on years of attachment, sensory processing, and neuroscience research, the heartbeat of TBRI is connection.
Sheri earned her Master of
Social Work from Eastern Washington University. She is a Licensed Clinical
Social Worker in the State of Idaho. Sheri is a TBRI Practitioner, Phase II
Certified in the Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics through the Child Trauma
Academy and a Certified Circle of Security Parent Educator. She has also had
training in ARC sand SMART through the Trauma Center at JRI. Sheri has
experience as a facilitator for Family Group Decision Making meetings.
Sheri spent 5 years as a faculty member in the Social Work Department at
Lewis-Clark State College in Idaho working closely with Idaho Department of
Health and Welfare - child welfare to train students and staff in child welfare
and trauma. She initiated the development of a trauma certificate program
at a bachelor level for Lewis-Clark State College. She has experience teaching
master's level students as an adjunct instructor for Boise State University.
Sheri’s focus is in developmental trauma. She has worked within the community
on micro, mezzo and macro levels to further education in how developmental
trauma affects children and families.
During the past two years, Sheri developed and implemented the programming for
a trauma-informed residential treatment center.
She also has experience working in a clinical setting with children,
adolescents and families. She currently has a private practice working with
children and families who have experienced complex, developmental trauma and
includes a training and consulting component.
Sheri began her social work career working with children and adolescents who
were in a residential treatment facility due to the developmental challenges of
complex trauma, attachment difficulties, neglect and loss. She has worked in
the areas of child protection and has a past conducting suicide assessments and
designated examinations in the State of Idaho.