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Upcoming Events

Jun
19
Wed
Coffee & Conversations Speaker Series Promoting Positive Discipline Techniques: Alternatives to Physical Punishment
Jun 19 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Coffee & Conversations Speaker Series Promoting Positive Discipline Techniques: Alternatives to Physical Punishment

The LA Children’s Trust Fund presents the monthly Coffee and Conversations series focused on the theme Promoting Positive Discipline: Alternatives to Physical Punishment. In this session, our guest speaker Dr. Amy Dickson will explore various strategies and approaches to discipline that nurture healthy child development and foster positive relationships. From understanding the impacts of physical punishment to learning effective alternatives, participants will gain valuable insights and practical tools to create a supportive and nurturing environment for children.

About the guest speaker: Amy B. Dickson, Psy.D. (1998, Clinical Psychology, Nova Southeastern University; 1998-1999, Postdoctoral Fellow in Infant Mental Health and Trauma work, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center): Dr. Dickson is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology at LSUHSC and is the Psychology Section Deputy Chief and the Child Coordinator of the Psychology Internship Training Program. She co-directs the Harris Infant Mental Health training with Dr. Joy Osofsky, is a Child-Parent Psychotherapy trainer, and is the Director of the Infant Team which treats children ages 0-5 years in the foster care system in several parishes in Louisiana. She is part of two Baby Courts and trains around the country on infant mental health and court team work. Dr. Dickson consults to local child protection agencies, sees clients at LSU’s Behavioral Sciences Center, and is working to bring Early Childhood Supports and Services back to Louisiana so all families with young children can have support. Dr. Dickson specializes in trauma and infant mental health.

Sign up today! You must be present for over 50% of the presentation for us to award credits. 

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Raising Good Humans
Jun 19 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Raising Good Humans

This course builds on theories of attachment and moral development. It provides tools and exercises to help foster parents and caregivers help children learn how to discern and practice integrity, honesty, kindness, and other behaviors that will help them grow and function in society. Participants will share personal experiences, ideas, and learn how to utilize ethical dilemmas as a learning tool.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Learn how children acquire morals and values.
  • Learn how to identify unanticipated teachable moments.
  • Be able to implement and design family activities which demonstrate various virtues.

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Jun
20
Thu
CIP Cafe Pathways to Permanency: Relative/Kin Certification and Guardianship
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
CIP Cafe Pathways to Permanency: Relative/Kin Certification and Guardianship

Timely permanency improves outcomes for children and families. Efficient completion of relative and kin certification and a permanent plan of legal guardianship may allow for the achievement of more timely permanency for children in the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) custody. DCFS has updated its relative/kin certification policy. For example, the Home Development Unit has 45 days from the date of the signed application to certify relatives/kin applicants.

Legal guardianship may be a viable permanent plan for children in Louisiana depending on the facts and circumstances of the case. Yet, there is often confusion about the differences between custody and guardianship.

Come learn about these policy changes and the law, definitions, and analysis of guardianship.

Speakers:

Sarah Desselles, LCSW, State Home Development and Therapeutic Foster Care Manager, Department of Children and Family Services

Franchesca L. Hamilton-Acker, CINC Unit Leader – Senior Attorney, Acadiana Legal Service Corporation

LaTrese LeCour, M.S., State Foster Care Program Manager, Department of Children and Family Services

Agenda:

12 – 12:20 pm  Relative and Kin Certification 

12:20 – 12:50 pm  Guardianship Law; Guardianship versus Custody

12:50 – 1:00 pm  Questions and Discussion

Objectives:

  • Learn about the changes to DCFS policy on kin and relative certification.
  • Understand the differences between custody and guardianship.

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LaCAN Membership/FHF Advocacy Training Webinar
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
LaCAN Membership/FHF Advocacy Training Webinar

Why You will love it:

  •  Meet Other Advocates for People with Disabilities
  •  Learn About LACAN’s Advocacy Efforts
  •  Pick Up Tips on How to Advocate on State Level

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Jun
23
Sun
Family Building Activities for All
Jun 23 @ 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Family Building Activities for All

This workshop will provide opportunities for children and adolescents to bond with their foster families in diverse ways. This session will focus on foster families discovering more about what each individual person’s interests are as well as finding commonalities. We will discuss different types of art, explore varieties of music, and express ourselves with storytelling. We will practice some fun sing-alongs and create artwork that shows a different side of ourselves. A supply list incorporating items you have at home will be supplied during the session.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Include foster parents, foster children and other children in the home. Everyone will engage in virtual group activities together with other foster families.
  • Learn and experience the benefits of using different creative methods.
  • Have the opportunity to laugh together, to create together, and to get to know each other on a different level.

REGISTER HERE

Jun
24
Mon
Real Life Skills for Success
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Real Life Skills for Success

Successful independent living is exciting and challenging. What are the practical skills and knowledge that help make it easier? This course is designed for young people and their parents or foster parents, who can help them prepare for success in their first independent living situation. This course offers tips for making a great first impression on others, understanding legal terms like lease or security deposit, apartment safety, what is nice versus what is necessary for furnishing an apartment, and how to maintain a healthy body and mind. The course also touches on auto care and cautions, living within your means, and finding ways to earn extra income.

Note: Youth are encouraged to take the course with their foster parents and to go through the handouts with them and help them acquire skills that they do not yet have. 

Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to help their youth:

  • Develop SOCIAL SKILLS to make a positive first impression
  • Learn the basics of successful INDEPENDENT LIVING
  • Learn how to maintain a HEALTHY BODY AND MIND
  • Understand AUTO maintenance needs and what to do in an accident or when pulled over by the police
  • Learn the basics of finding income opportunities, budget basics, and paying off debt because MONEY MATTERS

REGISTER HERE

Jun
25
Tue
Creating and Sustaining Father Inclusion in Child Welfare: Using Action Teams to Change Practice
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Creating and Sustaining Father Inclusion in Child Welfare: Using Action Teams to Change Practice
Fathers are essential partners in promoting the safety, permanency, and well-being of children and youth. However, fathers and paternal family members have been historically overlooked by the child welfare system. Join us for a discussion with Center for States Family Consultants, all self-identified fathers, and a jurisdictional representative about the inclusion of fathers in child welfare systems. We will explore how action teams can be used to promote the well-being of fathers and their families, learn practices and services that promote healthy relationships between fathers and their children, and identify strategies for achieving small and major goals like family reunification.
Jun
26
Wed
Helping the Grieving Child
Jun 26 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Helping the Grieving Child

Children experience grief over the loss of their families when they come into foster care, similar yet more challenging, then they do through divorce or death. There are many unknowns within the complicated family dynamics of each situation. We can help them understand and heal through caring conversations, story-sharing, and creative projects like memory boxes or journaling.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

 

  • Learn the stages of grief that are common to all situations regarding loss.
  • Discover why loss in foster care is more complex and if unresolved can lead to lifelong problems.
  • Obtain tools to utilize with children to help them address their grief in healthy ways.

REGISTER HERE

Jun
28
Fri
School-Age Child Development from 6-12
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
School-Age Child Development from 6-12

Children ages 6-12 continue to have unique physical, cognitive and socio-emotional growth milestones.   This session will also focus on mental illness which often is not discovered until the child is in school.  Warning signs of various disorders will be discussed, such as Anxiety Disorders, ASD, Depression, Eating Disorders, PTSD and more.  Special attention will be given to the topic of bullying, which is often an issue for children in foster care.

Upon completion of this course, participants will:

  • Learn about the important milestones between 6-12 years old.
  • Discuss warning signs of problems that may signal future concerns, such as mental illnesses and disorders that are often discovered within this period.
  • Learn how to help school-age children contend with common challenges such as bullying, peer pressure, and lack of self-esteem.

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Jul
24
Wed
Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: FASD Assessment and Intervention
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: FASD Assessment and Intervention

This webinar will focus on models of FASD assessment and intervention that are effective and well-suited for child welfare systems’ array of services. The attendees will learn about a brief consultation behavioral health clinic model for utilizing FASD-informed care to provide assessment, consultation, and links to supportive services. This model has potential to provide a quick and efficient pathway to diagnosis and services for children and families served in child welfare. Next attendees will learn about an evidence-based child and parent intervention that facilitates development of social-emotional functioning, self-control, positive behavior, and long-term mental health among children six to 12 years of age in foster or adoptive care who meet criteria for an FASD diagnosis. An adoptive parent of a child with an FASD will share insights about the experience and benefits of FASD-informed diagnosis and family-focused interventions and supports.

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