Calendar

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.

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Jun
24
Mon
Presenting Evidence in Child Forensic Interviews
Jun 24 @ 10:00 am – Jun 25 @ 5:00 pm
Presenting Evidence in Child Forensic Interviews

This training will explore how different types of evidence can be used in forensic interviews of children in abuse, witnessing violence and exploitation cases. Learn how to present different types of evidence in the context of a child-centered, trauma-informed, and legally defendable forensic interview approach. Discuss the implications of presenting child sexual abuse material. Practice techniques and develop skills to present different types of evidence in child forensic interviews.

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

  • Understand how different types of evidence can be used in forensic interviews of children in abuse, witnessing violence and exploitation cases
  • Present different types of evidence in the context of a child-centered, trauma-informed, and legally defendable forensic interview

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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

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Jun
25
Tue
Child Sex Trafficking: From Suspicion to Disclosure
Jun 25 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Child Sex Trafficking: From Suspicion to Disclosure

Learn basic techniques and strategies to enhance the likelihood of obtaining information from possible victims of child sex trafficking. Compare and contrast typical child sexual abuse cases with child sex trafficking (CST) cases and address the different points of entry into the criminal justice and welfare system for CST victims. Understand various disciplines’ roles and responsibilities and how they can contribute to a positive outcome of the CST case.

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

  • Understand the importance of an interviewer mindset and style, and how different question strategies impact the accuracy of information gathered
  • Learn and/or improve fundamental skills of engagement with potential CST victims to maximize positive outcomes of future contacts with other professionals
  • Understand the totality of the circumstances through interviews and observations and how these impact the total investigation
  • Understand how a continuum of care for the CST victim maximizes positive case outcomes

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Girls of Color, Sexual Abuse, and Justice-System Involvement
Jun 25 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Girls of Color, Sexual Abuse, and Justice-System Involvement

This webinar, hosted by Justice and Joy National Collaborative, will discuss the pathways that route girls who have been sexually abused into the justice system, the prevalence of abuse among justice-involved girls and other marginalized youth, and growing efforts at the state and federal efforts to protect criminalized survivors.

Many criminalized girls in the justice system have experienced gender-based violence yet are still being revictimized and punished in direct relation to the abuse without the services and support needed to heal (as discussed in the reports Sexual Abuse to Prison Pipeline: The Girls’ Story and Criminalized Survivors: Today’s Abuse to Prison Pipeline for Girls).

Based on findings from abuse-to-prison pipeline studies, this webinar will explore pathways to justice involvement for girls and gender-expansive youth and help practitioners who work with the justice system better understand the underlying needs of criminalized survivors.

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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.
Funding Kinship Programs and Services: Tips & Resources
Jun 25 @ 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm
Funding Kinship Programs and Services: Tips & Resources

Please join Grandfamilies & Kinship Support Network for this opportunity to explore sources and tips for diversifying your funding for kinship services and programs, including through an array of federal programs often not accessed or thought of for kin. For example – you’ll hear how U.S. Department of Justice, Victim of Crime Act funds are used to provide kin with legal assistance and kinship navigator services. We’ll also discuss state and local government funding, along with private sources, including foundations and corporations.

Then, to help you pitch your idea or create your formal proposal, we will share a Network-created funding toolkit that provides templates and other resources. Leave empowered with ideas and tools to fund your services and supports for kinship/grandfamilies.

Presenters:

  • Tiffany Allen, Kimnell Consulting, Creator of Boss on a Budget®
  • Steven Olender, Federal Child Welfare & Kinship Policy Expert and Network Subject Matter Expert
  • Anita Rogers, Senior Fellow, Generations United

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Family Unification Month Webinar: What does Preserving Families look like Under ICWA and for Indigenous Families
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Family Unification Month Webinar: What does Preserving Families look like Under ICWA and for Indigenous Families

During this Family Unification Month, the Center, along with its national partners, will be highlighting how we as a community of advocates can better achieve prevention and reunification planning effectively as a primary goal. This webinar will focus on the importance of cultural connections in supporting families within the Indigenous communities involved with the child welfare system. Learn from Lived Expertise, Parent Advocates, and legal experts on ICWA and on how to integrate cultural teachings inside the courtroom and within case work practices.

Speakers will include

  • Forester Middleton, Community Advocate,
  • Shana King , Parent Mentor, ICWA Law,
  • Kyle Spang, Community Advocate,
  • Sheldon Spotted Elk, Senior Director at Casey Family Programs, Judicial National Engagement and others.

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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.

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Jun
27
Thu
Responding to Sextortion Related Offenses Against Children
Jun 27 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Responding to Sextortion Related Offenses Against Children

Sextortion refers to the crime where someone employs an abuse of power, usually a threat to expose explicit images to coerce a person to do something. This training will identify the methods and tactics used by offenders, and describe why youth are vulnerable to these tactics.

The training will explain the long-term impact of these crimes on victims, offer a victim-centered response, and provide information on reporting these crimes to law enforcement, National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the electronic service provider(s).

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

  • Define sextortion
  • Identify sextortion offender tactics
  • Describe why youth are vulnerable to sextortion offenders
  • Explain the impact of sextortion on victims
  • Describe multiple reporting venues for the crime of sextortion
  • Identify effective sextortion prevention messaging

Is This Training For You?

  • Law enforcement
  • Law enforcement support
  • Prosecutors
  • Social workers
  • Tribes/Tribal partners

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