Calendar

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.
Jul
10
Wed
The Mid-Atlantic Intergenerational Conference @ Holiday Inn - Lancaster
Jul 10 @ 9:00 am – Jul 12 @ 2:30 pm
The Mid-Atlantic Intergenerational Conference @ Holiday Inn - Lancaster

Join us for the 2 1/2 day conference that includes hands-on learning, workshops, pre- and post- conference tours and group activities, interest group meetings, and pre- and post- conference site visits to innovative intergenerational programs and places in the Lancaster region.

It will be a major event, showcasing innovative, impactful, intergenerational initiatives in the Mid-Atlantic region and beyond.

Conference Objectives:

1. Inform and educate professionals about innovative and evidence-informed intergenerational program models taking root in PA and beyond.

2. Highlight the benefits of intergenerational programs and practices for promoting health and wellness, supporting families, and enriching community quality of life.

3. Provide information, training and support for those interested in joining, replicating, and/or developing new intergenerational initiatives.

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Jul
22
Mon
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.

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Jul
24
Wed
Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: FASD Assessment and Intervention
Jul 24 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 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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Aug
7
Wed
Responding to Prenatal Alcohol and Other Substance Exposures: Multi-System Collaboration and Family Care Plans
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 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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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

Sep
16
Mon
Poverty’s Impact on the Brain
Sep 16 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Poverty’s Impact on the Brain

Promoting Positive Change in Communities by Confronting Poverty

Louisiana CASA is excited to host our third webinar series. This series is brought to you in partnership with the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund so we are required to ask participants certain demographic questions during registration. Once you register, an email will be sent to you that includes the link to join the webinar. We hope to see you there!

 

Poverty’s Impact on the Brain

Poverty isn’t just about financial scarcity; it profoundly shapes the way children’s brains develop. Growing up in disadvantaged environments can affect the brain cognition, structure, and overall well-being. The presentation will delve into research that reveals the short and long-term affects poverty and explore the brain’s remarkable capacity for change. Join us as we bridge neuroscience and social justice, equipping participants with knowledge to create positive outcomes for vulnerable populations.

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Jan
30
Thu
Youth Trauma and Resilience in Poverty
Jan 30 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Youth Trauma and Resilience in Poverty

Promoting Positive Change in Communities by Confronting Poverty

Louisiana CASA is excited to host our third webinar series. This series is brought to you in partnership with the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund so we are required to ask participants certain demographic questions during registration. Once you register, an email will be sent to you that includes the link to join the webinar. We hope to see you there!

 

Youth Trauma and Resilience in Poverty

There are unique challenges faced by young individuals growing up in impoverished environments. From exposure to violence to systemic inequalities, this presentation will examine how poverty shapes their experiences and how, despite adversity, many youth demonstrate remarkable resilience. Our presenters will explore protective factors, coping strategies, and community support that contribute to their ability to thrive.

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Mar
27
Thu
Child Academic Resilience to Poverty
Mar 27 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Child Academic Resilience to Poverty

Promoting Positive Change in Communities by Confronting Poverty

Louisiana CASA is excited to host our third webinar series. This series is brought to you in partnership with the Louisiana Children’s Trust Fund so we are required to ask participants certain demographic questions during registration. Once you register, an email will be sent to you that includes the link to join the webinar. We hope to see you there!

 

Child Academic Resilience to Poverty

Child poverty is a global issue, affecting millions of children worldwide. Children in poverty face unique challenges, but with targeted strategies, we can help them develop the resilience needed to thrive academically. Recognizing signs of distress, providing targeted support, and creating safe spaces where children feel valued and respected build in their ability to achieve academic success despite some family dynamics. Join us as we empower children to break free from generational poverty.

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