Calendar

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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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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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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Navigating Risk: Disrupting the Cycle of Substance Use for Children and Adolescents
Jun 27 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Navigating Risk: Disrupting the Cycle of Substance Use for Children and Adolescents
The June Idea Exchange will continue the conversation following the Practice Academy course —Navigating Risk: Disrupting the Cycle of Substance Use for Children and Adolescents. Family treatment court (FTC) teams can help parents and caregivers implement science-based strategies and interventions and support positive childhood experiences to disrupt the cycle of substance use and co-occurring mental health challenges. Come take part in a lively conversation with peers from across the country and discuss strategies, share innovations, and brainstorm solutions to challenges and barriers. 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
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.

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Aug
7
Wed
Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: Multi-System Collaboration and Family Care Plans
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: Multi-System Collaboration and Family Care Plans

In this webinar, presenters will discuss the critical multidisciplinary needs of children who have been prenatally exposed to a substance and their families and articulate ways in which current policies, initiatives, and workforce development can be leveraged through multi-system collaboration to enhance care and outcomes. Drawing from state approaches to implement the plans of safe care requirement of CAPTA legislation, the presenters will discuss the need for additional implementation support and federal technical assistance, multi-system collaboration, and equitable supports to improve outcomes.

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Webinar #3: Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: Multi-System Collaboration and Family Care Plans
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Webinar #3: Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: Multi-System Collaboration and Family Care Plans

In this webinar, presenters will discuss the critical multidisciplinary needs of children who have been prenatally exposed to a substance and their families and articulate ways in which current policies, initiatives, and workforce development can be leveraged through multi-system collaboration to enhance care and outcomes. Drawing from state approaches to implement the plans of safe care requirement of CAPTA legislation, the presenters will discuss the need for additional implementation support and federal technical assistance, multi-system collaboration, and equitable supports to improve outcomes.

REGISTER HERE