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Meeting the Unique Needs of Refugee and Immigrant Youth in Foster Care
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June Webinar

Meeting the Unique Needs of Refugee and Immigrant Youth in Foster Care

Come learn about the unique strengths and needs of immigrant and refugee youth from representatives of a national foster care program designed especially for this population. Participants will learn about the importance of promoting cultural adjustment and integration, addressing discrimination and bullying, and nurturing family connections. Participants will learn concrete strategies to implement these priorities.
FFTA members will receive an invitation to register for this webinar. 

Learning Objectives:
1. To gain a greater understanding of the unique needs of immigrant and refugee youth.
2. To acquire concrete strategies to promote cultural adjustment and integration.
3. To learn about best practices for addressing discrimination and bullying.
4. To understand the importance of nurturing family connections regardless of where the family may be located.
Tiara Barnwell is a graduate social worker who has practiced in the Washington, DC metro area in the field of international child welfare since 2012. She currently serves as Placement and Program Development Coordinator with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Migration and Refugee Services, where she provides capacity development support, training, and case placement oversight to foster care programs that serve unaccompanied immigrant and refugee children throughout the United States. Previously, she has worked in the fields of international adoption, family reunification services for unaccompanied immigrant youth, and cross-border child welfare and family reunification. She identifies as a biracial “third culture kid” and is passionate about ensuring that migrating children receive trauma-informed and culturally-sensitive support.

Marilaura Amorese-Sherwood is the Lead Children’s Services Specialist for the Texas Unaccompanied Refugee Minor Program at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. In this role, she oversees the provision of services to unaccompanied refugee minors in Houston and Dallas/Ft. Worth. Marilaura obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in Venezuela and completed her Master Degree in Criminal Justice at the Florida International University in Miami, Florida. Marilaura has been working in child welfare since 1999 to date. For the past 19 years, Marilaura has dedicated her professional career to advocate for and work with children and their families in domestic foster care as well as with unaccompanied minors. Marilaura currently resides in Miramar, Florida with her husband, their children, and their beloved dog Ginger.

This live webinar has been approved for 1.25 Continuing Education hours. Family Focused Treatment Association (FFTA), ACE Approval # 1659, is approved as a provider for social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) through the Approved Continuing Education (ACE) Program. FFTA maintains responsibility for the program. ASWB Approval Period: 4/12/2018 - 4/12/2019. Social workers should contact their regulatory board to determine course approval for continuing education credits. Social workers participating in this course will receive 1.25 continuing education clock hours.
Every attendee who attends the entire webinar will receive a certificate of attendance. In order to receive a certificate for ACE credit hours - you must attend the entire webinar and also complete an evaluation once the webinar is finished

Tiara Barnwell

Marilaura Amorese-Sherwood

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