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Upcoming Events

Jul
21
Sun
NCJFCJ’s 87th Annual Conference @ Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass
Jul 21 @ 1:00 pm – Jul 24 @ 7:00 pm
NCJFCJ's 87th Annual Conference @ Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass

Meet the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) in Phoenix, Arizona, for our 87th Annual ConferenceJuly 21-24, 2024, which will feature amazing presentations on current and cutting edge topics that will inspire, provoke, and precipitate discussions about issues facing the juvenile and family court system.

Plenary sessions highlighted by topic-specific training tracks on family law, juvenile justice, child welfare, and family violence; as well as sessions highlighting innovative solutions and self-care are just the beginning of the educational offerings of the NCJFCJ’s 87th Annual Conference.

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Jul
22
Mon
Computing for Youth with Autism
Jul 22 – Aug 2 all-day
Computing for Youth with Autism

Thank you so much for your interest in our camp! We’ll be in touch by June 14 to let you know whether we are able to offer a spot to your camper! If you don’t receive an email from us, please don’t hesitate to contact us at tmerrick@fhfnola.org (unfortunately, our emails sometimes go to spam). The  camp cost is $250 per week. A two-week-long summer camp from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and we focus on disability justice, celebrating neurodiversity, and simply encouraging everyone to explore and have fun in a safe, supportive environment! We welcome all applications.  This 10-day camp is designed for neurodiverse individuals to have an opportunity to explore coding with Texas Instruments Technology. Activities include daily competitions involving games, robotic vehicles, microcontrollers, calculators, and PYTHON programming. We aim to create a low-pressure, sensory-friendly environment that supports all types of communication.

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OJJDP’s Continuum of Care: An Effective Framework for Youth Safety, Accountability, and Justice
Jul 22 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
OJJDP’s Continuum of Care: An Effective Framework for Youth Safety, Accountability, and Justice

In this webinar, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention will provide an overview of how communities can build a “Continuum of Care” to strengthen their approach to youth justice. The Continuum of Care provides a framework centered around the needs of youth, families, and communities, which prioritizes youth and community safety, and focuses on early intervention and effective programming. This framework enables communities to marshal limited resources and respond to emerging issues. Speakers will also discuss the agency’s new Building Local Continuums of Care To Support Youth Success initiative, including how to access support, training and technical assistance.

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Dear Black Male Training: Mental Health
Jul 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dear Black Male Training: Mental Health

CWLA has partnered with Welcome2Reality, LLC to present the engaging four-part training series, Dear Black Male. We invite you to join us for a training that will provide an overview of the history and culture of African Americans with a focus on recognizing cultural mistrust, issues faced, and perceptions of Black males. Through lecture and discussion, participants will identity how efforts to adequately provide for Back males can be linked to the fight for larger social justice goals for themselves and their communities. Participants in this training will:

 

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of the role of the historian in interpreting African American history;
  • Expand their knowledge and awareness of the disproportionality of Black males who are institutionalized and the impact it has on communities;
  • Learn the most common mistakes professionals make when working with Black males and how to avoid them; and
  • Engage in dialogue to identify strengths-based practices and interventions that foster family health and resilience.

 

This training is open and welcome to everyone. The training format will incorporate lecture, discussion, video, and group activities. The following topics will be covered during the four (4) two-hour training sessions:

 

  • Session 1: Dear Black Male…Historical View
  • Session 2: Dear Black Male…Incarceration
  • Session 3: Dear Black Male…Mental Health
  • Session 4: Dear Black Male…Family

Trainers:

Anthony Gay, BA is the Director of Curricula Development at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Anthony is passionate about teaching and conducts research, develops training modules /curricula, and facilitates training. Anthony spent several years as a full-time trainer, developing or co-authoring training modules on fatherhood, professionalism, cultural competency, trauma, working with adolescents, family-centered assessment, and human trafficking. For over ten years, Anthony has been focused on improving communities by advocating for equality for fathers. Anthony is a member of a national fatherhood network that shares resources and ideas to improve fathers’ and families’ outcomes. Anthony is a leader in the realm of fatherhood in Connecticut and hosts numerous fatherhood themed events throughout the year, promoting positive fatherhood. As a result of his dedication, Anthony has received numerous awards recognizing his work with fathers and families.

 

Qur-an Webb, MSW is the Director of Operations at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Qur-an has been in the social work field for over 20 years and is the Connecticut Chapter Lead for Media Literacy Now, which focuses on education around media literacy. In this role, Qur-an was instrumental in getting Public Act No. 15-94 and Public Act No. 17-67 passed in Connecticut, which now mandates school systems to educate the safe use of social media and computer programming instruction, and in creating an advisory council related to digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy. He also works as an independent contractor and is an adjunct instructor. Qur-an is the vice president of the Association of Black Sports Officials. In this role, Qur-an advocates for the rights of and opportunities for Black sports officials and pushes for equality among officials. He also provides training and professional development opportunities domestically and internationally for the company.

REGISTER HERE

Jul
23
Tue
Keeping Families Connected: Supporting Parenting in the Context of Incarceration
Jul 23 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Keeping Families Connected: Supporting Parenting in the Context of Incarceration

In the United States today, more than 5 million children, or 7% of all children, have a parent who is or has been incarcerated. Minnesota’s model jail practices learning community brings together staff from jail facilities and community partners at the state and local levels to help implement policy, systems, and environmental changes that benefit children of incarcerated parents and their families. Join our conversation and explore strategies to support families dealing with the stress of the loss of a parent to incarceration.

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Jul
24
Wed
Following the Evidence in Child Abuse and Child Exploitation Cases
Jul 24 @ 9:00 am – Jul 25 @ 5:00 pm
Following the Evidence in Child Abuse and Child Exploitation Cases

Examine the importance of multidisciplinary team case coordination and evidence corroboration in the investigation of child abuse cases. Learn how to evaluate evidentiary findings through crime scene images, interviews and case studies. Understand multidisciplinary team members’ roles and responsibilities for protecting child victims and prosecuting offenders. Focus on offenders’ use of technology, including the use of child sexual abuse material (in grooming and manipulation. Discuss a variety of technology that can be used by investigators.

Upon completion of this training, you will be able to:

  • Describe the importance of minimizing bias and employing multiple hypotheses
  • List types of evidence and methods of collection
  • Define evidentiary keys of collected evidence
  • Explain the importance of case information sharing
  • Manage collected evidence

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Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: FASD Assessment and Intervention
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 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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Webinar #2: Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: FASD Assessment and Intervention
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm

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.

REGISTER HERE

Dear Black Male Training: Family
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Dear Black Male Training: Family

CWLA has partnered with Welcome2Reality, LLC to present the engaging four-part training series, Dear Black Male. We invite you to join us for a training that will provide an overview of the history and culture of African Americans with a focus on recognizing cultural mistrust, issues faced, and perceptions of Black males. Through lecture and discussion, participants will identity how efforts to adequately provide for Back males can be linked to the fight for larger social justice goals for themselves and their communities. Participants in this training will:

 

  • Develop an understanding of the importance of the role of the historian in interpreting African American history;
  • Expand their knowledge and awareness of the disproportionality of Black males who are institutionalized and the impact it has on communities;
  • Learn the most common mistakes professionals make when working with Black males and how to avoid them; and
  • Engage in dialogue to identify strengths-based practices and interventions that foster family health and resilience.

 

This training is open and welcome to everyone. The training format will incorporate lecture, discussion, video, and group activities. The following topics will be covered during the four (4) two-hour training sessions:

 

  • Session 1: Dear Black Male…Historical View
  • Session 2: Dear Black Male…Incarceration
  • Session 3: Dear Black Male…Mental Health
  • Session 4: Dear Black Male…Family

Trainers:

Anthony Gay, BA is the Director of Curricula Development at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Anthony is passionate about teaching and conducts research, develops training modules /curricula, and facilitates training. Anthony spent several years as a full-time trainer, developing or co-authoring training modules on fatherhood, professionalism, cultural competency, trauma, working with adolescents, family-centered assessment, and human trafficking. For over ten years, Anthony has been focused on improving communities by advocating for equality for fathers. Anthony is a member of a national fatherhood network that shares resources and ideas to improve fathers’ and families’ outcomes. Anthony is a leader in the realm of fatherhood in Connecticut and hosts numerous fatherhood themed events throughout the year, promoting positive fatherhood. As a result of his dedication, Anthony has received numerous awards recognizing his work with fathers and families.

 

Qur-an Webb, MSW is the Director of Operations at Welcome2Reality, LLC. Qur-an has been in the social work field for over 20 years and is the Connecticut Chapter Lead for Media Literacy Now, which focuses on education around media literacy. In this role, Qur-an was instrumental in getting Public Act No. 15-94 and Public Act No. 17-67 passed in Connecticut, which now mandates school systems to educate the safe use of social media and computer programming instruction, and in creating an advisory council related to digital citizenship, internet safety, and media literacy. He also works as an independent contractor and is an adjunct instructor. Qur-an is the vice president of the Association of Black Sports Officials. In this role, Qur-an advocates for the rights of and opportunities for Black sports officials and pushes for equality among officials. He also provides training and professional development opportunities domestically and internationally for the company.

REGISTER HERE

Enhancing Your Diligent Recruitment through Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Parent Support
Jul 24 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Enhancing Your Diligent Recruitment through Adoptive, Foster and Kinship Parent Support

Join us for a free webinar to learn about the ways family support can support your diligent recruitment efforts. Access your customer service model to improve retention and improve outcomes for children and youth in foster care.

Who should join?

Open to all audiences. This webinar will be helpful for public (state, county, tribal, and territorial) child welfare staff who provide direct support to family, those who supervise direct support staff, as well as direct administrators and managers who are responsible for diligent recruitment development and implementation. Please share this email with anyone who you think would benefit!

What will I learn?

● How retention and development of adoptive, foster, and kinship families can lead to positive outcomes for children and families.

● How to recognize current practices that may be disruptive of retention and support.

● How to explore data utilization when creating a customer service model for family support.

● And more! Read all of the webinar learning objectives on our website.

Presenters

Pamela Robbins

National child welfare advisor

National Center for Diligent Recruitment

Barb Clark

Director of training

Families Rising

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