Free Webinars for Group Leaders, Child Welfare Workers, Advocates, Families, Youth, and Community Partners
Improving Safety, Permanency, and Well-Being
for LGBTQ Youth
September 23, 2015, 1:00 pm EST (12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)
Please join us for this informative webinar for anyone parenting or providing services for kin, foster, or adoptive caregivers, and their children and youth. Included will be an overview of our knowledge regarding:
- LGBTQ youth in out-of-home care
- The impact of family rejection
- Their struggle for inclusion and safety when in care
- Lack of affirming resource families
- Double standards applied to behavior, sexuality, etc.
- Essential role of support and affirmation in helping youth thrive
Presented by Ellen Kahn, Director of the Children,Youth & Families Program at Human Rights Campaign.
Register for the webinar here.
Behavioral Interventionist Model: Keeping Children with Extreme Challenges Home for Treatment
October 8, 2015, 1:00 pm EST (12:00 pm CST, 11:00 am MST, 10:00 am PST)
Join us to learn about an innovative new program currently operating in Missouri, which has the potential to revolutionize mental health treatment for children and youth who have suffered extreme trauma. Designed by an adoptive parent whose children were in residential care, but not getting better, this program is based on her personal approach to “What I need to keep my kids safely at home.” This model program allows for the children’s needs to be met safely within their own homes, rather than in residential treatment centers. This program is founded on the understanding of the impact of developmental trauma on the brain and the importance of nurturing relationships in the effort to heal. Parents partner with the child welfare agency and their child’s therapists to design a treatment plan which is then implemented with the child in his own home, school, and community.
This webinar will explore the program in depth, discuss services, outcomes, and funding options, and the Director of the Missouri Children’s Division will share his perspective on the benefit of this program for the children and families his agency serves.
Presented by Lori Ross, Tim Decker, and Susan Peach:
** Lori Ross is president, CEO, and co-founder of the Midwest Foster Care and Adoption Association (MFCAA) – a support and advocacy organization for foster and adoptive families. A foster/adoptive parent since 1985, Lori has cared for more than 400 foster children, served as a teaching foster parent for 28 years, and is the author of the recently published book “Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff; Advice from the trenches for foster and adoptive parents” .
** Tim Decker is the director of the Missouri Division of Children’s Services. For 30 years, he has served with the Missouri Department of Social Services and the Greater Kansas City Local Investment Commission (LINC); one of Missouri’s innovative public/private community partnerships focused on citizen engagement, local governance, natural helping networks, and neighborhood-based services.
** Susan Peach is a clinician with Lifeworks and has worked with this model for 2.5 years.
Register for the webinar here.
If you cannot attend in person, you can access a recording.
Simply register as if you will be attending and after the session is over,
you will receive a link to the recording.