Calendar

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

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
8
Thu
2024 Practice Academy Series | Intentional Integration: How to Identify and Support Parents with Co-Occurring Disorders
Aug 8 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
2024 Practice Academy Series | Intentional Integration: How to Identify and Support Parents with Co-Occurring Disorders

FTCs, like all drug courts, historically focused on treating substance use disorders (SUDs). However, FTCs cannot maintain this singular focus since 45% of adults with an SUD in the general population also live with a co-occurring mental health disorder. People with an untreated co-occurring disorder are less likely to complete substance use treatment or achieve sustained recovery; they are also more likely to experience unemployment, homelessness, child welfare involvement, incarceration, and suicide.

Many dependency court professionals recognize the prevalence of co-occurring disorders. Still, due to complexities in screening, assessment, diagnosis, and securing mental health services, FTCs may not appropriately identify and treat parents with co-occurring disorders. This Practice Academy examines the interactive nature of substance use and mental health disorders, while providing strategies for improved approaches and outcomes for parents and their children.

Learning Objectives:

  1.  Summarize definitions and prevalence rates of co-occurring disorders and explore theories of how and why substance use and mental health disorders co-occur.
  2.  Identify complexities and opportunities in screening and assessment to more accurately identify parents with co-occurring disorders.
  3.  Apply evidence-based approaches for integrated treatment and recovery.
  4.  Adopt strategies from FTCs who successfully serve parents with co-occurring disorders.

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Apr
1
Tue
24th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect @ Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center
Apr 1 – Apr 3 all-day
24th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect @ Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center

The 24th National Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (NCCAN), sponsored by the Children’s Bureau, will be held April 1–3, 2025, at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Rockville, Maryland. Innovative sessions will focus on developing ideas-to-action strategies that provide opportunities to exchange ideas and learn what works from community members and peers. The conference will also offer plenaries, workshops, posters, and exhibits, that highlight Children’s Bureau priority areas. So, mark your calendars now—additional information is coming soon. We look forward to seeing you there.

May
29
Thu
Building Community Engagement
May 29 @ 11:30 am – 12:30 pm
Building Community Engagement

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!

 

Building Community Engagement

Child poverty remains a critical challenge, affecting families across the nation. To create lasting change, we must come together as a community. Join us as we explore strategies, resources, and collaborative approaches that empower families living in poverty. Together, we can build resilience and foster well-being for children and their caregivers.

REGISTER HERE