Trauma Informed Care: Heather Perry and Kathleen Page
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).
Resiliency: Heather Perry and Kathleen Page
Teaches the concept of resiliency, how it is impacted by trauma and identifies steps that can be taken to build resilience.
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.
Kathleen Page’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.
LGBTQ Protocol: Nicholas Oakley
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.
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.
"The Impact of Trauma on Early Brain Development" Mary Allison Brown
The brain is the only organ that is not fully developed at birth. During the first three years, the brain grows at a rate unmatched at any other point in the lifespan. Brain growth is experience dependent, meaning that the experiences infants and toddlers have quite literally shape the developing brain. When young children experience traumatic events or toxic stress, changes in brain development can alter the child's developmental trajectory. In this training, we will discuss the ways in which early experiences impact the developing brain and shape behavior. We will explore the concept of trauma-informed care and discuss practical ways to respond to challenging behaviors in a sensitive manner.
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
General Session where we 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.
Keynote: Dee Wilson
A Vision of Excellence
It's time to develop a vision of excellence for Foster Care, a proposal which the Child Welfare scholar, Dr. Rick Barth, made several years ago and which is even more urgently needed today. I'm not talking about a poster on an office wall but a determination that starts with policymakers at the top of state systems and includes CA managers, DLR licensors, caseworkers and foster parents.
Excellence in providing foster care services takes time and conscientious effort and a persistent effort to improve the quality of our services.
The animating idea of this vision is that FC must be a therapeutic experience, i.e., children are benefited rather than harmed by their experiences in care.