General Session - Mike Canfield
During this hour we will update what FPAWS has been doing, listen to your concerns and introduce local supports, programs and agencies that are working for you and the kids in your care.
Mike has been active with FPAWS since the early 1990's, served as Co-President with his wife Beth Canfield for over a decade. He is currently the Executive Director of FPAWS. During Mike and Beth's 30+ years as foster parents for challenging teens and children, Mike picked up a Degree in Psychology and has worked in Mental Health as a Child & Family Therapist. Mike has trained, trained trainers and consulted with trainers on Aggression Replacement Training. Mike and Beth have been married for 42 years, raised 3 sons and two nephews and love their 6 grandchildren to no end. Advocating for caregivers is a pleasure!
At recent CAFPT (1624) meeting, we were discussing how to deal with foster parent grief and loss issues. Toni suggested we build a peer support program as a possible solution. This will be our first training to see if foster parents have an interest in becoming a member of this peer support team. We look forward to your feedback. FPAWS
Critical Incident Peer Support: A Conversation with Caregivers
Caregivers can experience understandable grief, loss, and distress while caring for a child or when a child is moved from their home and caregivers are best suited to provide support for each other. Children’s Administration Critical Incident Peer Support program, implemented in 2007, provides confidential, voluntary support to caseworkers and CA staff who experience a traumatic event. This training focuses on the purpose of peer support and provides an opportunity to consider development of a critical incident peer support program for caregivers.
Starting her career as a live-in group care counselor in Southern California, Toni Sebastian has worked in child welfare for over 30 years. She values most her direct service work with children, youth, and families, including caregiver families, which continues to inform her work today as the Director of Program and Policy with Children's Administration. Toni was instrumental in the development and implementation of the Critical Incident Peer Support program in 2007. In addition to her public service, she has worked in private, non-profit residential care and licensing agencies.
Commercially Sexually Exploited Children - Kelly Mangiaracina
Class description: 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.
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.
Kelly Mangiaracina, JD
King County CSEC Task Force Coordinator
Suicide Prevention: Lindsey Greene
A training for foster parents on risk factors, warning signs, the difference between self-injury and suicide, how to respond in times of crisis, and finding local resources.
Lindsey Greene is a Community Educator for Coordinated Care of Washington. Lindsey obtained her BSW at James Madison University in Virginia. She then worked in residential treatment and for child welfare in Virginia before moving to Seattle in 2013. Lindsey completed her MSW at the University of Washington in 2014 and worked for Children's Administration before joining Coordinated Care's Community Education team. She lives in Seattle with her husband and 5-month-old daughter where they love to play outside in the beautiful PNW.
Keynote: Ombuds Office Patrick Dowd:
Our lunchtime Keynote 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.
"Social Media Warnings 101 & 102" 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, and for those that want his professionals training, stick around for the second half of this 3 hour block for his new addition to our Mini-Conferences, Social Media Warnings 102.
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.
ACEs -Kathleen Page
This training helps to define what Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) are. Identifies all 10 ACEs, demonstrates how to get your ACE Score and what the Health Risks are with high ACE scores. Helps to recognize how trauma affects the brain and addresses the needs of those traumatized by ACEs. Self-Care and resiliency are also a part of this presentation. The Adverse Childhood Experience Study is an ongoing collaborative research between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia and Kaiser Permanente in San Diego, CA. Participants were recruited to the study between 1995 and 1997. The ACE Study uses the ACE Score, which is a count of the total number of ACE respondents reported. The ACE Score is used to assess the total amount of stress during childhood and has demonstrated that as the number of ACEs increase, the risk for these health problems increases in a strong and graded fashion.
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.